Santa Cruz Sentinel – Wine Press: Passion for cyling and wine combine at Left Bend Winery
LOS GATOS >> Sometimes the road to winemaking is traveled by bike. At least that’s how Richard Hanke and Gary Robinson of Left Bend Winery got there. The two met through a shared passion for cycling the winding roads of the Santa Cruz Mountains, discovering steep hillsides, hidden valleys and vineyards.
“I learned about the Santa Cruz Mountains through biking,” says Robinson, preferring the up-close view of riding rather than sightseeing by car. “I never would have explored or understood as much as I do without going on all these mountain roads, seeing the geography, seeing how rugged it is.”