Review: 92 Points – 2016 Sierra Morena Bordeaux Style Blend – Wine Enthusiast

Elegant lines of plum and berry meet with a strong mineral streak of dust and crushed gravel on the nose of this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc. There is a strong stony kick to the well-structured palate, which also shows blackberry, baking-spice and roasted meat flavors. DATE PUBLISHED 7/1/2020 MATT KETTMANN@mattkettmannContributing […]

Review: 93 points – 2016 Pinot Noir Gali Vineyard – WINE ENTHUSIAST

There’s a bright red-fruit component of candied cherry to the nose of this bottling, but the dominant aromas of redwood and pine are classic for the region. That herbal forest influence shows on the palate, where juniper, cedar and pine-needle spice the mulberry fruits.  Date Published 5/1/2020 MATT KETTMANN@mattkettmannContributing Editor

Now Open

Left Bend is now open for outdoor tastings. Reservations are required and we are using Open Table for reservations. Reservations will start from 2 pm in 1-hour increments and last for 45 minutes. We are looking forward to serving you in the newly installed parklets on N. Santa Cruz Avenue in front of Left Bend. This space is […]

Curbside Pickup – Fridays and Saturdays

As we continue with our shelter in place safety considerations, we hope you are well and weathering these interesting times. At Left Bend, we have been continuing our winery work and currently have been labeling our 2019 Fiz Nat.  We would like to offer you the ability to restock your wine cabinet with some of […]

Tasting Room Temporary Closed

After further consideration of the virus outbreak and what we can do to help prevent its spread, Richard and I have made the thoughtful decision to close the tasting room until further notice. We will continue to make deliveries and ship orders placed at To inquire about same day delivery, email us at We would […]

COVID-19 Update

We know you all love great wine! To keep the wine flowing and at the same time be responsible to our local community, we are moving to a “By Appointment Only” schedule.The State of California has issued guidance that public gatherings of greater than 250 people be canceled and that smaller gatherings provide adequate space […]

10 Year Anniversary – Sept. 7

We’re celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary of Trailblazing and wanted to show our deep appreciation for your support through the years.  We could not have done it without you – our local friends enjoying locally sourced and hand-crafted wines from the Santa Cruz mountain region. So, we’re throwing a party! Join us at our Los Gatos […]

Fellom Ranch Cabernet Harvest

by Brandy Miceli I enthusiastically agreed to picking grapes at Fellom Ranch with the Left Bend cycling crew so I could write about the experience. Picking grapes! How fun! A great way to spend a Friday morning. The grapes were cabernet, and my mom has always had an affinity for cab, so I brought her […]

Vinous: Santa Cruz Mountains – The Gorgeous 2016s

Santa Cruz Mountains – The Gorgeous 2016s – Vinous August 2018 Antonio Galloni recently published new reviews for a number of our current releases. 2014 Siera Morena – 90 Points 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Camel Hill – 89+ Points 2015 Pinot Noir Gali Vineyard – 89 Points 2015 Syrah Gali Vineyard – 90 Points  

Wine Club Visits Muns Vineyard

By Brandy Miceli, Left Bend Wine Club members spent a delightful day together last month, filled with sweeping views of tree-studded mountains, sunshine in every direction, vertical Pinot Noir tastings, and a glass in hand as Ed Muns showed the group his acreage of Pinot and Syrah grapes. Muns Vineyard, a favorite of Gary’s since before […]

Left Bend Food – Wine Pairing: An Emotional Experience

By Brandy Miceli, Have you ever tasted something so remarkably delectable that it actually brought tears to your eyes? I had this exact experience with a course at the last Left Bend Food-Wine Pairing event on May 17. I know, it sounds cheesy—yes, some cheese was involved—but ultimately it was the divine flavor combination between a […]

2017 Fiz Nat Reviews: 90 points Wine Enthusiast

90 POINTS by Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice A good pét-nat combines funk, foam and fun with tart fruit and a full body, and this succeeds on all fronts. Cloudy in the glass, this shows aromas of watermelon soda, strawberry, cherry Jolly Rancher and yeast. Albeit focused on primary flavors, the palate is tart with raspberry candy […]

Valley of Left Bend Fiz Nat: Vanumanutagi Vineyard

By Brandy Miceli. On the southeastern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains lies the vineyard where Left Bend sources Syrah for its Fiz Nat sparkling rosé and its Mashup. Vanumanutagi Vineyard, located on Redwood Retreat Road at the base of Mount Madonna, has a history that is as unique as the characteristics that make its grapes […]

Left Bend Wins Gold and Double Gold – West Coast Wine Competion

Left Bend has won two gold medals and a double gold medal in the 2018 West Coast Wine Competition. 2015 Pinot Noir – Gali Vineyard – Santa Cruz County –  Double Gold – West Coast Wine Competition. 2015 Syrah – Gali Vineyard – Santa Cruz County –  Gold – West Coast Wine Competition 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon […]

Review by The SixFifty – 2015 Last Straw

Short and sweet: our list of luscious (and local) dessert wines for the holiday Silicon Valley wineries offer up some fantastic finishes to your feast By Carol Maskus Left Bend: Last Straw Zinfandel Blend In 2015, Left Bend saw a serious drought with their grapes. “The well at the Zinfandel vineyard on Redwood Retreat Road (Santa […]

California Wine Jaunt – Blog Write Up

Left Bend Winery, Los Gatos …a tasting tour   It’s not very often that people can combine their work and their passion. Often our hobbies and vocation don’t intersect. But Gary Robinson has the rare privilege of combining his love of cycling, winemaking, and appreciation of Santa Cruz Mountain (SCM) varietals all into one.   […]

California Fires

The ongoing devastation in Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa is heart wrenching. We keep getting word of more of our friends Vineyards and wineries threatened, and folks having to evacuate. We will be donating 10% of this weekends sales from our Los Gatos tasting room to appropriate authorities in Napa and Sonoma. Details on giving:

Review: 92 Points – 2015 Chardonnay – Millennial Drinkers

92 Points: Light golden yellow. A touch of oak influence on the nose with notes of honeysuckle, straw, and crème brûlée. Moderate acidity (6/10) and medium bodied. Layers of citrus on the palate like lemon zest with elements of stone fruits and a little toasty. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2023.   Millennial Drinkers: […]

Winery Open House: May 6, 2017 (Club Member Event)

Left Bend Winery will be hosting an open house at the winery on May 6, 2017 from 12 to 5 pm. Gary will be providing barrel samples and pouring our current releases. Club members may also taste the wines Gary makes for Miramar Vineyards. Winery is located at 12255 New Avenue, San Martin.