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April 26, 2012 / mountainviewhotels

Vineyards and Wineries in Silicon Valley – Byington Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Silicon Valley

Guests from our hotel are invited to explore “Byington Vineyard, in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Silicon Valley.

Byington Vineyard is situated on 95 acres including 9 acres exclusively devoted to pinot noir grapes. Currently most grapes come from the Pina Robles area but plans are in the pipeline to add Bordeaux and Rhone varieties. Known for Italianate Stone Chateau, our wine production list includes Chardonnay, Alliage and Cabernet Sauvignon. We invite you to take a tour available Tuesday-Sunday or just relax and enjoy the beautiful Monteray Bay while sipping our fine wines seated around an umbrella table.

Another site guaranteed to tickle you fancy is San Jose Flea Market, America’s largest open-air market. Composed of 8 miles of aisles, the market was created by a landfill employee who believed in that old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Among all the toys, tools, works of art and jewelry you are sure to find the perfect reminder of your Silicon Valley visit. Be sure to visit the huge fresh produce area. Vendor carts offering sodas, beer, and Mexican snacks are sure to be just a footstep away.

Two must-sees are Googleplex and the Computer Science Museum. Aside from being the home of America’s most popular search engine, be sure to check out the Space Ship One facsimile and the Android Logo statue. The Computer Science Museum houses the world’s largest display of computer-related items including the Whirlwind and Cray supercomputers.

Be sure Winchester Mystery House is on your list of things to see and do in Silicon Valley. This mind-boggling home got its title following a 1924 visit by Harry Houdini. Built by the widow of Winchester Rifle magnate, William Wirt Winchester, construction began in 1884 and continued 24/7 until 1922.

April 23, 2012 / mountainviewhotels

Vineyards and Wineries in Silicon Valley – The elegant David Bruce Winery

One of our favorite places is the David Bruce Winery. We recommend this winery to all our guests and the general public. The winery opened in 1964 and consists of sixteen acres of land. They also produce 60,000 cases of wine per year. Bruce Winery offers a variety of different wines to suite everybodys taste. Their featured wine is their “2000 Commemorative Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Bottled”. There were only 70 bottles of this particular wine produced. This wine was created to honor Dr. David Bruce’s 70th birthday. Also for any type of wine you could think of, there is a featured wine. For example a few more featured wines are the “2000 Santa Cruz Mountains”, the “2000 Santa Clara Valley”, the “2000 Central Coast”, and many more.

They also offer wine tasting in the “tasting room”. This room is open thursday through sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. If you are coming in a group larger then 10, you must make a reservation to assure your spot. Group tasting is ten dollars a person, and includes 5 specialty poured wines. If you enjoy David Bruce’s Winery as much as we do then you will be interested in the “Private Cellar Club”. To qualify for the “Private Cellar Club” membership you must purchase twelve bottles of wine in a years period of time. There are many benefits that are included in the membership. Some of which include, special offering, invitation to club festivals, pre-released wines, 20% off a twelve bottle purchase, 10% off on merchandise, and much more.

So as you can see there are many reasons we enjoy David Bruce’s Winery. Next time you are staying at our hotel make sure to check out David Bruce’s Winery!

April 16, 2012 / mountainviewhotels

Visiting The J. Lohr Wine Centers in Paso Robles and San Jose

  We strongly encourage our guests at the Camino Inn & Suites to check out San Jose’s local
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines
. For over three decades the family-owned and operated company has dominated the wine making business in the region. In 2010, they were named the American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery has dedicated itself to being a leader in the industry. The vineyards have expanded over the years to encompass over 3,700 acres of estate vineyards.

The J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines company has a strong focus on education, sustainability and corporate responsibility. At their Paso Robles Wine Center, they have the largest solar facility in the the US wine industry. They hold the distinction of being a Certified California Sustainable Winegrower. Winemaker Jeff Meier has remained with the winery for 26 years and dedicates himself to the production of only the best fruit flavors to create a balanced wine that gives exceptional depth and character with each sip.

Visitors can tour the winery’s two distinct tasting rooms: one located in Paso Robles and one in San Jose. The J. Lohr’s Paso Robles Wine Center overlooks the winery’s Seven Oaks Cabernet vineyards. It is located at 6169 Airport Road in Paso Robles. The J. Lohr’s San Jose Wine Center is minutes from downtown San Jose at 1000 Lenzen Avenue. Both wine tasting centers are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At each of the wine centers, visitors can sample an array of the Lohr Winery’s creations. Each wine center also has a gift shop where visitors can purchase bottles of their favorite Lohr wines and apparel with the J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines logo. The gift shops also have a diverse variety of winemaking books for sale

April 13, 2012 / mountainviewhotels

Vineyards and Wineries in Silicon Valley – Mountain Winery in Saratoga

   While staying at Camino Inn and Suites, we highly recommend a pleasurable visit to the renowned Mountain Winery in Saratoga. This distinguished winery became famous with the TV slogan by Orson Welles, “We will sell no wine before its time.” Today, the winery is a California Historical Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Paul Masson, a French expatriate, built the Mountain Winery in 1905. Born into a family of well-established winemakers, Masson perfected the technique of grafting and became world-famous for his Paul Masson Champagne of California. With a label of his own, he finally decided to open his own winery and chose the beautiful town of Saratoga for its location. Adding a 12th century Spanish portal from the old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in San Jose to the chateau quickly became the hallmark of his distinct vineyard.

Set in the idyllic rolling hills of Silicon Valley, this beautiful winery features panoramic views with redwood groves and landscaped gardens encircling its terrace. In old world ambiance, guests can meander the grounds while delighting the palate with its fine wines.

Dedicated to the history and art of wine tasting, the Mountain Winery offers a wine tasting class for its guests. This fun and educational class teaches the four-step approach of wine tasting. Learn to see, sniff, sip and sense just like the sommeliers do. In blind-tasting activities, you’ll learn how to identify your favorite wines.

Live entertainment has always been a big part of the Mountain Winery. In the past, the Mountain Winery has hosted concerts with many starred musicians, including Ringo Star, Ray Charles, Carlos Santana and Stevie Wonder. The winery has an intimate 2500 seat amphitheater set up with the dramatic backdrop of its Spanish-styled building. Every summer, the winery features concerts with famed musicians. With fine wine, world-class music and magnificent scenery of the valley, its concerts are always a crowd pleaser.

April 8, 2012 / mountainviewhotels

California’s Oldest Surviving Vineyard: Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards

While you are taking the time to unwind and enjoy your stay here at our hotel, consider visiting some of the Silicon Valley’s many attractions. There is an old and robust heritage within the Valley that beckons to be explored. For a bit of culture our most discerning guests find a trip to a local vineyard to be rather pleasurable.

We would like to be sure you fully enjoy your stay, and as such we recommend one of the most prestegious and beautiful vineyards in the area as a perfect local for a casual and unique outing. The century old vineyard, Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards, provides a plethora of activities and is back dropped with acres of aged vines which produce some of the areas premium fine wine grapes.

Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards is best known for their Zinfindale vines, which were planted over one hundred years ago in 1910. The aged vines produce an award winning Zinfindale wine alongside their other varieties of Pinot Blanc, Port, and Chardonnay. As California’s oldest surviving vineyard Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards wines are of a quality virtually unparalleled in the region. Understandably, they are at the top of our list of “must see” destinations.

No doubt each moment at Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards will be an unforgettable experience. Your trip to Silicon Valley simply will not be complete without a tour of the heart of wine country. It is an opportunity to take in a bit of California.

Both private and public tours and tastings are available. Also, if you so wish, a customized tasting for romantic occasions or group events can be inquired about. Should you have interest in a tour, our concierge will be happy to assist your arrangements.

We hope you are enjoying your stay with us at Camino Inn and Suites and encourage you to partake of a day at Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards. Read more about this California’s Oldest Surviving Vineyard!

April 4, 2012 / mountainviewhotels

Why You Should Visit Pichetti Brothers Winery in Cupertino

The Pichetti brothers winery was also known as Pichetti Ranch. It is a beautiful location that will literally blow your mind. It is absolutely stunning, and the fact is that it is a great place to visit simply for the amount of education that you will receive. If choose to visit the Pichetti Ranch, then you will receive a good education on the art of making fine wine. You will also learn about the rich history of this beautiful location, and everything that it has to offer. Why it played an important part in California’s wine history.

It is a winery that was established in 1886, and it was in the Pichetti family name until 1976 when it was sold. Because it was established in 1886, that makes the Pichetti Ranch one of the oldest wineries in the state of California. That is a nice accomplishment in itself. They also produce top notch wine even to this day. You will find that there are a few different buildings that are located on the Pichetti Ranch. They were built between the years 1880 and 1926.

When you visit the Pichetti Ranch you will smell the sweet fragrance of fermented grapes in the air. If you love that smell, then you need to visit the ranch.

Pichetti Ranch is located in Cupertino California, and back in the early days locations like vineyard were what made the rest of the town come to life. It is what attracted people to the town for work and other purposes.

In 1996 Pichetti Ranch was taken over by Leslie Pantling. He gave it the Leslie’s Estate Label. One thing is for sure, and that is that Pichetti Ranch is a historic landmark, and something that shows a successful viticulture in the early days of Cuptertino, California.

April 2, 2012 / mountainviewhotels

Best Vineyards and Wineries in Silicon Valley

Byington Vineyard sits in scenic Los Gatos, in the most emerging wine region in California. They produce both reds and whites, but are known for their Pinot Noir– a grape that thrives in the soil and climate of the Paso Robles region. Tours are available to the public Wednesday-Sunday, from 11:00am-5:00pm. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are available with advance reservations. The wine clubs offer a great value for connoisseurs, with different levels for varying tastes and budgets. Byington also boasts a picnic area with both gas and charcoal grills. Picnic facilities are first-come-first-served, and you provide your own BBQ tools. Read more about Byington Vineyard

Like many other wineries and vineyards in this region, David Bruce Winery specializes in Pinot Noir. The Los Gatos tasting room is open to the public Thursday and Friday from 12:00pm-5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm. Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more with reservations. The winery’s Private Cellar Club is available to the public, with a Pinot Only option for those with a preference for the area’s star grape.

J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines was opened to the public by Jerry Lohr in 1974. J. Lohr boasts over 3,700 acres of estate vineyards along California’s Central Coast. The San Jose wine center is open from 10:00am-5:00pm daily. No tours of the winery are offered, but tastings are available for no fee. Several wine club options are available, which are the only way to get a taste of the prestigious J. Lohr “Gesture” collection.

Dating back to 1878, the passion for making wine has been the one constant for this winery in Saratoga. Tastings are available on Thursday and Friday from 12:00pm-7:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm-5:00pm. The Club Mountain Winery is available for year-round enjoyment of the winery’s Estate and Reserve wines. Mountain Winery is also home to a 2,500 seat amphitheater for concert performances. Concert Dining Packages are available during the concert season.

One of the oldest California wineries, Picchetti Winery is located in Cupertino, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with a second tasting room near Lake Tahoe. The winery specializes in Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, with other red and white varietals available. The Cupertino wine complex and Tasting Room is open daily from 11:00am-5:00pm. Membership in their Wine Club comes with a discount on wines and items from their gift shop.

The 1920s-style Savannah-Channelle Vineyards in Saratoga is home to varietals of red and white, though their Pinot Noir and award-winning Zinfandel are their featured wines. Tastings are available to the public. The winery has barbecue facilities, as well as a wedding and party venue. Their wine club is also available for greater enjoyment of all the winery has to offer.

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