Special to the Town Crier
For many years, the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival has been one of the few Bay Area events featuring wines from local wineries - and this year is no different.
The seven vintners at this year’s festival are all returning favorites, including downtown Los Altos’ own Byington Vineyard & Winery.
Bass Note Sangria
Bass Note produces a line of sangrias made with California wine that is blended with fresh fruit juice, cane sugar, herbs and/or spices.
Representatives from Bass Note Sangria are pouring their new Raspberry Hibiscus - along with Blackberry Sage, Cherry Lime Almond and Peach Tarragon sangrias - and their Cali Press 2017 Rosé. Look for Bass Note Sangria in Plaza 6, near the corner of State and Fourth streets.
For more information on Bass Note Sangria, visit bassnotesangria.com.
Byington Vineyard & Winery
Situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Byington Vineyard & Winery sits on 95 mountainous acres surrounded by redwood forests with a view to the Monterey Bay. It produces award-winning Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines and other varietals.
Byington’s small production wines come from 8 acres of Byington Estate Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains, as well as 36 acres of Tin Cross Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot from Alexander Valley.
Byington representatives are pouring a 2014 Chardonnay and a 2014 Blend 122, both from their Tin Cross Vineyards. Look for their booth at Main and Second streets.
For more information on Byington Vineyard and Winery, visit byington.com.
Domenico Winery, named by Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo as a reflection of the commitment to their Italian heritage, returns to the festival for the fifth year.
The history of the winery is rooted in family. Dominick’s nonno (grandfather), Domenico Giovinazzo, introduced him to the family’s wine-making traditions in 1955 by showing the youngster the wine press in the basement of their New York home. A generational love of handcrafting wine soon developed.
Dominick later moved to California, where he could choose his grapes from vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma’s Central Coast, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Amador County and the Lodi District. He is a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, where he sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
Domenico Winery representatives are pouring their new Rosé, along with their Pinot Grigio, Mambo Italiano and GPSM at their booth at Main and Second streets.
For more information on Domenico Winery, visit DomenicoWinery.com.
Fernwood Cellars returns to the festival for the 10th year. The Gilroy-based winery makes a variety of estate wines that reflect the vineyard’s unusual microclimate, while showcasing the inherent characteristics of each variety. Second-generation winemaker Matt Oetinger founded Fernwood Cellars in 1999.
The vineyard lies on property the Oetingers have occupied for six generations, stretching back to 1863 when Matt’s great-grandfather, Charles, built the family’s first home there. Matt was introduced to winemaking by his father, Lew, owner of Hummingbird Hill Vineyards.
At its booth near the corner of State and Third streets, Fernwood Cellars representatives are pouring a 2017 Chardonnay, a 2014 Sidecut and a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon.
For more information on Fernwood Cellars, visit fernwoodcellars.com.
Thomas Fogarty Winery
The story of Thomas Fogarty Winery is an example of the innovation and entrepreneurship that has existed for decades in Silicon Valley. In the early 1970s, Dr. Thomas Fogarty, who was working as a cardiovascular surgeon and inventor, first tried at-home winemaking in a cabin high above Palo Alto. He planted his first grapes in 1978 on what is now home to the 325-acre Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards.
At their festival location near the corner of Main and State streets, Thomas Fogarty Winery representatives are pouring their Skyline Artisan White, Skyline Artisan Red and Skyline Artisan Rosé.
For more information on Thomas Fogarty Winery, visit fogartywinery.com.
Naumann Vineyards returns to the festival for the 13th year. The Cupertino-based winery’s vineyard is located on Montebello Road, 2,000 feet above the Silicon Valley floor. All work in the vineyard is performed by hand, with the goal of producing low-yield, high-quality fruit.
Vintner Don Naumann’s most successful wine may be his Tre Rosso Cali, which won a Silver Medal in the SF Chronicle Wine Competition and Gold Medal in The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
In addition to the Tre Rosso Cali, Naumann Vineyards representatives are pouring a Merlot, a Rosé of Merlot and a Chardonnay at their booth at Main and Third streets.
For more information on Naumann Vineyards, visit naumannvineyards.com.
Page Mill Winery
Page Mill Winery has participated in the festival annually since its inception in 1979 - just three years after Dick and Ome Stark founded the winery in the large cellar under their home in Los Altos Hills.
For 28 years, the winery was located on Page Mill Road, just a short drive from downtown Los Altos. The winery has since moved to Livermore, and its wines are available throughout the Bay Area.
Look for Page Mill Winery representatives in their booth at Main and Third streets, where they are pouring a Chardonnay and a GPS (Rhone blend).
For more information on Page Mill Winery, visit pagemillwinery.com.