Grape Tails

July 19, 2007

With summer well underway and with this moo- arvelous weather providing an atmosphere for weekend adventures and getaways, you don’t have to go to Napa for wine tasting. Let’s drink to our history, the memory of two of Woodside’s own Tom Mudd, Cinnabar Winery, and Duane Cronin, Cronin Vineyards, who both made a large contribution toward maintaining the historical role of wineries in Woodside.

Woodside lies in a legendary area known as Chaine d’Or — the Chain of Gold — which consists of the fertile ridges on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Chaine d’Or runs from Woodside in the north to Los Gatos in the south. Winemakers over a hundred years ago discovered the fertile land and the ideal cool climate, classified as Region 1 — similar to climates where the finest grapes in the world are grown. Today, this history is celebrated by the Chaine d’Or Vineyards 140 Sunrise Drive run by Anne and Jerry Anderson since 1992, visiting would be a naturally delicious way to spend some time locally. Luncheon tours and dinner can be arranged by contacting the owners at

On Skyline Boulevard, Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards is one of most well known and respected wineries on the San Francisco Peninsula. With incredible views of the Bay area, it is great choice for entertaining summer guests. Summer Tasting Room Hours are Wednesday — Sunday 11 am — 5:30 pm at 19501 Skyline Blvd.

The Woodside Vineyards 340 Kings Mountain Rd. is a pioneer of the “boutique winery” movement in California and is the oldest winery in San Mateo County. Their grapes are farmed from 24 sites within the Town of Woodside. Founded by Bob Mullen in 1960, today Bob and full-time winemaker, Brian Caselden, produce nearly 2,000 cases a year. Cozy, quaint, filled with antiques and fun conversation, it is just the place to put your hoofs up and spend some quality bovine time. (Tastings are planned from 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, August 26th, Saturday, September 1st, Sunday, September 2nd, Monday, September 3rd, Sunday, September 9th).

So, all you COWs of appropriate age, stop grazing in the pastures and mooove on down to one of our local wineries and enjoy the weather with a fine glass of wine.

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