One of the great marketing promotions for American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) is to have a group tasting day. A group tasting day is one day a year, quarter or month when all wineries, large or small,within an AVA are open to the public. Wine lovers will then flock to the area and try all the […]
We are pleased to announce that Left Bend has become the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, SCMWA, newest member. The SCMWA is the regions collective voice for promoting Santa Cruz Mountains wines and wineries. By becoming a member, Left Bend can now participate in great local wine events. The first SCMWA event that we will […]
Published by Hawk Wakawaka on 1 October 2014 Tasting Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet with Alder Yarrow As part of the VH1 Storytellers series, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson record an acoustic album together. For classic country fans, like myself, it’s a beautiful moment bringing two of the greats together. In the liner notes Cash explains […]
Greetings, Left Bend is participating in the Los Gatos Wine Walk on Saturday May 17. The event is sold out and we would like to extend to all our friends a special offer we are making available to attendees. For one day only, Left Bend will provide everyone the chance to buy one of our […]
Left Bend is pleased to announce that in support of the Los Gatos Morning Rotary and its beneficiaries, we will pour our Santa Cruz Mountains designated wines at the Los Gatos Plein Air Art Show on Saturday June 21st. Information on this special even can be found at lgpleinair.org and below. We hope to see you there! […]
Review by Solosyrah Left Bend Winery is the project of winemaker Gary Robinson and his friend Richard Hanke. At the moment, it’s an extremely low production winery. The Santa Cruz Syrah I tasted from the 2010 vintage was just recently released. It’s a very impressive wine. I was concerned that at 14.4% it would be […]
Review by Wine Mizer Can anyone discuss the taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon without mentioning cassis? Well, it’s obviously too late for me to do that, so I’ll put off that description for a moment and instead talk balance. Balance as in a wine of balance; a flying Walenda of balance. This is my second […]
Being a wine writer (say those two words fast ten times) has its good moments, and I’m grateful when they happen. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to taste product from wineries that are new to me and otherwise might go inexperienced. Some is good. Some goes unmentioned in my blog. And then – not too often – some send me into a state of wonder and joy. Such is what happened recently when I tasted Left Bend’s 2010 inaugural release of their Syrah.
Back in October of 2010, I picked-up my first fruit from Black Ridge Vineyards in Los Gatos and probably dreamed of this day, and now, after three harvests, 27 months in barrel, and a lot of help from friends, the first vintage is ready to bottle.
The winery is in San Martin, California with views to the west of the Santa Cruz Mountains where I source fruit from small mountain vineyards. The name “Left Bend” actually refers to a slight leftward bend in the San Andreas Fault, which helped these mountains form.