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Local vineyards/wineries near San Jose GOOD ONES?

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Local vineyards/wineries near San Jose GOOD ONES?

I am trying to find some local vineyards/wineries near San Jose. I am going to be in that area and will have a car, and I've discovered several but I would like someone to recommend some REAL GOOD ONES that I should investiage for tastings.

Hope people can help thanks

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1. Re: Local vineyards/wineries near San Jose GOOD ONES?

I recommend Clos La Chance in San Martin. It's an easy drive from San Jose and the wines are great. They have a nice patio in the back of the winery where you can sip wine and enjoy the beautiful view.

http://www.closlachance.com/index.cfm

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2. Re: Local vineyards/wineries near San Jose GOOD ONES?

Better, and closer to San Jose than San Martin are:

(1) Ridge in Cupertino on Montebello Rd. San Jose's west foothills. IMO, they make the best non-old-vine zinfandels in the world. They're open for public tasting only on weekends. They have other locations, like in Sonoma/Healdsburg which are open all the time.

(2) Rosenblum in Alameda. next to Oakland in East Bay. IMO, these are the next best non-old-vine zinfandels in the world.

(3) Wente in Livermore (or was it Pleasanton?). Just over the east hill from San Jose. These guys make my favorite cab. Very smooth, like a spicy merlot.

These three are big names. You'll find bottles of them in all wine cellars that are worth being called wine cellars.

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3. Re: Local vineyards/wineries near San Jose GOOD ONES?

My favorite place to actually purchase wine in San Jose is the Wine Club on Coleman Ave, just on the west side of San Jose Airport's runway. IMO, it's the best wine store in the world. It's a chain of maybe half a dozen stores. The next closest one may be in SF.

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4. Re: Local vineyards/wineries near San Jose GOOD ONES?

Wente is in Livermore, and there are lots of wineries in that immediate area. It's about 50 mins from central San Jose (non-commute times)

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5. Re: Local vineyards/wineries near San Jose GOOD ONES?

There are some good wineries in Los Gatos up in the hills like Byington Winery & Vineyard and Tessarossa Vineyard. Here are some of the links to the wineries that I consider worth visiting:

A.Byington Winery & Vineyard - www.byington.com

B.David Bruce Winery - www.davidbrucewinery.com

C.Testarossa Vineyards - www.testarossa.com

I hope this helps.

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6. Re: Local vineyards/wineries near San Jose GOOD ONES?

For a nice view of Santa Clara Valley, Mouutain Winery is a good one to visit.

http://www.mountainwinery.com/

If you are here in the summer, super place to see a concert.

If you get over to Santa Cruz, recommend Bonny Doon Winery.

https://www.bonnydoonvineyard.com/

Agree with others already posted. Livermore is a good place to go for enjoying a great afternoon of wine tasting. There are many wineries here

http://www.lvwine.org/

and generally free tastings.

Close to downtown San Jose, J. Lohr Winery (if you only have a little bit of time.).

http://www.jlohr.com/tasting_main.html

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