Santa Cruz Mountains
The Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd., (408) 741-2822.
First owned by the famous Paul Masson--when it only produced sparkling wine--this winery continues to produce fine wine, including a signature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It is also a premier concert venue in Santa Clara County. After driving up a long, winding, scenic road and parking in a lot with a spectacular panoramic view of the Silicon Valley, you stroll a fairly flat paved path—also with a good view--to the cave-like, windowless tasting room. Additional seating is available on a deck, where comfortable padded chairs surround fire pits and feature a view of the adjacent stadium (when you leave, make up for this by visiting the small deck beside the catering house which provides a stunning view of the valley). My favorite of six tastes was a crisp, citrusy 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast.
The world's largest and the country's oldest winery-related music festival, the Mountain Winery Groupware Technology concert series has been held in its picturesque hilltop setting every year since 1958. This eclectic series schedules outdoor concerts from July through October. Before-show dining at the Chateau Deck Restaurant provides an outdoor white-tablecloth experience, while the Vineyard Bar & Grill provides casual outdoor elegance and beautiful views of the Silicon Valley.
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