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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]

November 21, 2015: SCMWA Passport day

Four times a year the winegrowing community of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. Over the last 20 years the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy wines produced by our […]

September 26, 2015: Grand Opening

Our Tasting room is now open. Our tasting room, located at 346 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, will be open Thursday-Saturday, noon – 7 pm,  and on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Tour of Left Bend club members receive complimentary tastings The event is open to the public for a $10 tasting fee. Tour of Left Bend […]

September 18, 2015: Los Altos Wine Walk

5 to 9pm. Enjoy wine tastings from 18 wineries in our shops and galleries. Live music, light snacks, and strolling with your friends and neighbors will make this a wonderful evening in our charming downtown. The Wine Walk is a self guided tasting tour. The cost of your ticket includes an event program with map […]

June 13, 2015: New Release Party at Stilettos Wine Bar 1-5 pm

Left Bend release party will be at Stilettos Wine Bar in Saratoga from 1 to 5 pm.  in addition to providing small bites. Please come on out and say hello. The event is open to the public for a $10 tasting fee. Tour of Left Bend Wine Club members taste for free and enjoy a 25% discount on all […]

Passport days are coming: November 15

One of the great marketing promotions for American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) is to have a group tasting day. A group tasting day is one day a year, quarter or month when all wineries, large or small,within an AVA are open to the public. Wine lovers will then flock to the area and try all the […]

Third Party Review: Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet

Published by Hawk Wakawaka on 1 October 2014 Tasting Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet with Alder Yarrow As part of the VH1 Storytellers series, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson record an acoustic album together. For classic country fans, like myself, it’s a beautiful moment bringing two of the greats together. In the liner notes Cash explains […]

Los Gatos Plein Air Art Show – June 21st

Left Bend is pleased to announce that in support of the Los Gatos Morning Rotary and its beneficiaries, we will pour our Santa Cruz Mountains designated wines at the Los Gatos Plein Air Art Show on Saturday June 21st. Information on this special even can be found at lgpleinair.org and below. We hope to see you there! […]

Third Party Review: 2010 Left Bend Syrah

Review by Solosyrah Left Bend Winery is the project of winemaker Gary Robinson and his friend Richard Hanke. At the moment, it’s an extremely low production winery. The Santa Cruz Syrah I tasted from the 2010 vintage was just recently released. It’s a very impressive wine. I was concerned that at 14.4% it would be […]

Third Party Review: Left Bend 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review by Wine Mizer Can anyone discuss the taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon without mentioning cassis? Well, it’s obviously too late for me to do that, so I’ll put off that description for a moment and instead talk balance. Balance as in a wine of balance; a flying Walenda of balance. This is my second […]

Third Party Review: Left Bend 2010 Syrah

Being a wine writer (say those two words fast ten times) has its good moments, and I’m grateful when they happen. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to taste product from wineries that are new to me and otherwise might go inexperienced. Some is good. Some goes unmentioned in my blog. And then – not too often – some send me into a state of wonder and joy. Such is what happened recently when I tasted Left Bend’s 2010 inaugural release of their Syrah.

Left Bend Whole Cluster Syrah

My friend Richard and I recently picked up a half ton of beautifully ripe Syrah from Ruben Balderas at Black Ridge Vineyards in Los Gatos. Ruben’s crew met me at the vineyard at 7 AM to harvest the grapes in the cool morning air. Black Ridge sits at an elevation of about 1,000 feet and […]