Review: 93 Points – 2020 Riesling – WINE ENTHUSIAST

Slightly effervescent in the glass, this single-vineyard expression from a region not known for Riesling works in many ways, starting with aromas of petrol, orange blossom and white-melon rind on the nose. The zippy palate dances energetically across the tongue, carrying tonic-like flavors of orange blossom and light petrol. DATE PUBLISHED 3/1/2022   MATT KETTMANN@mattkettmannContributing […]

Review: 91 Points – 2017 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon

Baked berry aromas retain a freshness on the nose of this bottling, which also offers Sichuan peppercorn and loamy soil aromas. The palate is very acid-driven, with zesty smashed black raspberry and graphite flavors.  MATT KETTMANN@mattkettmannContributing Editor 12/31/2021

Case Sale – ends July 31

With the closing of the tasting room, we are doing a blowout case sale. Get a 20% discount on the purchase of 12 bottles, get 30% on 24 bottles or more. Mix and match is allowed. Tour Club Members receive a 40% discount on purchase of 12 bottles and 50% on 24 bottles or more. […]

Tasting Room to close July 31

Sadly, we would like to let you know that we will be closing our Los Gatos tasting room at the end of July. We have enjoyed our time with you in the tasting room, but in the future, are looking forward to hosting you at Richard’s Redwood Grade Vineyard overlooking Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz. […]

Review: 91 Points – 2016 Syrah Camel Hill – Wine Enthusiast

Roasted dark red-fruit, wet rock, tar and muddy soil aromas show on the earthy nose of this bottling from a vineyard near Los Gatos. The texture is taut on the sip, where purple-flower, roasted meat and blackberry flavors arise. DATE PUBLISHED 5/1/2020 MATT KETTMANN@mattkettmannContributing Editor

Holiday Hours

Our Holiday hours for curbside pickup are: December 18-20 (Friday-Sunday) 1-4 PMDecember 23 & 24 (Wednesday & Thursday) 1-4 PMDecember 30 & 31 (Wednesday & Thursday) 1-4 PM We will be closed the Friday – Sunday of Christmas and the Friday – Sundayof New Years.

Case Sale

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday! Left Bend has the best deal in town. Buy a case of wine and get 30% off, buy multiple cases and receive 40% off. Club members receive 40% off a single case and 50% off multiple cases. Feel free to mix and match wines. This offer is […]

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 (now closed)

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 […]