The early evening sun was shining over the vineyards and the sweeping Silicon Valley. But along the hills, the coastal fog was spilling over the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains; slowly unfurling itself onto the inland side of the hills.
Being a coastal girl, I'm used to seeing the fog come in from the coast then head up the mountain. Unbelievably, this was my first experience standing and watching the fog roll down the mountain. It merited just standing still and soaking it in.
The Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards is perched on Skyline Boulevard—along the top rim of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The warm valley days often turn into cool foggy evenings, setting the framework for the cool weather wines.
I was volunteering at this year's Wine with Heart and had the chance to taste some Fogarty wines. Yes, I do taste a little when I volunteer...but not close to check out, so I can keep auction items straight.
A gathering of local Santa Cruz Mountain wine makers were pouring their wines during the silent auction as well as during the evening's dinner and live auction. The proceeds for the annual fundraiser benefit the Fogarty Institute for Innovation.
Dr. Thomas Fogarty, founder of the winery, is a Cardiovascular Surgeon who's invented a multitude of groundbreaking medical devices http://www.fogartyinstitute.org/. Michael Martella was the winery's founding winemaker. Now, Tom Fogarty Jr. is managing principal to the winery, with Nathan Kandler as winemaker. The history and decades of heartfelt wine making is evident when walking the grounds.
To take along a few Tasting Tips for your Fogarty visit, see Tasting 101.
I particularly was fond of their 2013 Monterey Gewurztraminer. Its floral notes and rich, sweet palate made it a wine I'd like to slowly sip on its own, as an aperitif, or as a dessert wine.
It was a pleasure to taste the wines and be within reach of where they were grown.
Best to you on your Skyline Wine Jaunt,
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