Vines & Wines 2021, a wine tasting that celebrates the terroir and talents of Los Altos Hills winemakers, is scheduled 2-5 p.m. Oct. 10 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, outside under the courtyard oak, 26379 W. Fremont Road.
Held approximately every other year, Vines & Wines is sponsored by Hills2000 – Friends of the Hills and the town of Los Altos Hills.
Los Altos Hills boasts more than 115 vineyards, none bonded to sell wine directly to the public. Most vineyards are smaller than 3 acres.
“Our son was married in August, and we served our Merlot at the welcome reception,” said Diane Ciesinski of Chizani Vineyards. “Carrie Beyer, daughter of Los Altos Hills winemaker Roman Beyer, made custom labels for the bottles, using the happy couple’s engagement photo. The wine was quite a hit.”
The vineyards may be small and the wines highly individual, but that doesn’t mean Los Altos Hills wines are not distinguished. This year Scott Bryan of Bryan Family Vineyards earned two double golds and three silver medals at the Orange County Fair, a major showcase for amateur winemakers. Bryan’s 2019 Merlot and 2019 Tempranillo earned the double golds, and three red blends – Dad’s Blend, Goofy Gopher and Quirky Quail – garnered silver.
Approximately 20 vintners are confirmed for this year’s event, enabling Vines & Wines attendees to taste an array of whites, a rosé and red varietals from Cabernet to Zinfandel.
Tickets are $25 per person. The event typically sells out, so organizers recommend advance purchase.
For tickets and more information, visit hills2000.org.