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 […]

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.   […]

Review: 93 Points – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch – Wine Enthusiast

93 Points: Left Bend 2013 Fellom Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains) A classic Cab in the Santa Cruz Mountains style, this savory bottling shows black pepper, charcoal and grilled blueberries on the nose along with tons of dried herbs. Blackberry, anise, dill, cedar and pencil lead show on the sip, where intriguing depth and a […]

Review: 89 Points – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine Enthusiast

89 Points: Left Bend 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains) On this dense, appealing and fruit-driven bottling from Camel Hill Vineyard, fresh-pressed blackberry meets with touches of other red fruits, from dark strawberry to plum, enhanced by cocoa dust. Leather, dark chocolate, red cherry and blackberry flavors show on the palate, where incredibly sticky tannins still […]

2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Left Bend Winery won the following awards at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Best of Class: Merlot Blends – 2014 Left Bend Sierra Morena (65% Mrlot, 25% Cab Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) Double Gold: Red Dessert – 2015 Left Bend Last Straw Silver: Cabernet Blends –  2013 Left Bend Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah Blend […]

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 […]

October 16, 2015: Wine Harvest Dinner

Join us for a wine harvest dinner celebration under the stars at the Sesnon House at Cabrillo College. Enjoy an array of award winning wines produced by our local vintners and culinary delights prepared by the students of the Culinary Arts Department of Cabrillo College. Ticket includes wine reception and a four course dinner. All ticket […]

July 19, 2015: WINO, 33rd Annual BBQ with Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mtns.

33rd Annual BBQ with Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mtns. Wineries: Burrell School BurrellSchool.com, Downhill Cellars DownhillWine.com, Kathryn Kennedy Winery KathrynKennedyWinery.com, Left Bend Winery LeftBend.com, Muccigrosso Vineyards Muccigrosso.com Naumann Vineyards NaumannVineyards.com, Testarossa Winery Testarossa.com (currently confirmed)   WHEN: Sunday July 19, 2015, Tasting 5:00pm. Dinner at 6:30.   WHERE: Nonno’s Italian Garden 21433 Broadway Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033 (408)353-5633 Hwy 17 before Summit Rd, turn right into Redwood Estates, keep going up and it’s across the street from […]

July 18, 2015: Santa Cruz Mountains Passport

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 […]

April 18, 2015: Passport

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 […]

Special In House Wine Tasting

Winemaker Gary Robinson available to pour Before the vines awake from their winter dormancy, Gary would like to give you the opportunity to get close and personal with Left Bend’s wine. This is a perfect opportunity for you to host a private wine tasting at your house for up to 16 friends. Gary will bring […]

SCM Passport: Thank You

It was great seeing everyone Saturday for the quarterly Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day! Thank you to everyone who came by to taste our Santa Cruz Mountains wines. We hope you enjoyed it. If you missed it this time, the next Passport Day will be April 18, and we will be pouring at the same […]

Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets

A great write up regarding the Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon wineries was written by Alder Yarrow. Full article can be found on Vinography. The following text is from the article and refers to Left Bend. Left Bend:  What do you get when you let a hydrogeologist loose in the Santa Cruz Mountains with a bicycle […]

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Review: November 2014

Left Bend 2011 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains) 92 Points: There’s a potpourri of wildly distinct and amazing aromas on this 60% Syrah-40% Cabernet Sauvignon, from cooked ripe cranberries and distinct black pepper to red clay, anise, violet and savory goulash with dried strawberries. Raspberry, pepper and cola overtake the palate, with a refreshing tartness […]

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 […]

Left Bend joins SCMWA and will attend Premier Cruz: November 8

We are pleased to announce that Left Bend has become the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, SCMWA, newest member. The SCMWA is the regions collective voice for promoting Santa Cruz Mountains wines and wineries. By becoming a member, Left Bend can now participate in great local wine events. The first SCMWA event that we will […]

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! […]

Post Harvest Bicycle Ride

The end of harvest came late for me this year. It wasn’t until December 26th when I pumped the late harvest Syrah to barrel. Fifteen tons of fruit, 45 barrels of wine, and one sore back later, it’s now time to move on to other winemaking tasks and fun adventures.
First up is a bike ride in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Riding is how I got my introduction to the back country roads, steep rugged hillsides, counter-culture lifestyles (as compared to Silicon Valley), and, of course, the intimate vineyards and wineries tucked in various corners of these magical mountains.