If you decide to go wine tasting in the South Bay, a must stop winery is Sycamore Creek. This is a very young winery, only about 3 years under the current owners, but they have a very mature taste for all of their new-ness. To get to the winery, take Watsonville Road until you get to the turn for Uvas Road. The winery is right after you get onto Uvas Road; they usually have a sign on Watsonville Road pointing you in the right direction.
When you enter the tasting room, you are going into the barrel room/warehouse. The tasting counter is made of old wine barrels (which I really liked) and allows for small groups and couples to share one barrel for their glasses; I can see where this would be limiting for a overly large group that is tasting together. I personally liked the intimate setting that the wine barrels encouraged even though the tasting room was in a large warehouse. Being the youngest people there (by FAR) I was surprised when we received just as much attention as the other, older couples. The winemaker spent about 45 minutes pouring our tastings and discussing the wines, the winery, and the wine making business with us.
We tasted many wines there, as is the norm for my tasting expeditions, and two really stand out in my mind: Uvas and Malbec.
The Uvas is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon: 67% and Chardonnay: 33%. When I first read the description of this wine, I though “Ummmm, ookkkaaaaay???” Normally, I only get a Chardonnay and Cab blend like this when I am switching what I am drinking without rinsing my glass. I have to admit that despite my reservations, I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. Light and yet it still had the flavor I require in my wines. I would recommend this wine to amateur wine drinkers as a good stepping stone into the full bodied red wines.
The other wine that I remember as being exceptional is the Malbec. I am very pleased with how many Malbec’s I have been able to taste recently, and this one is the best. That day Jack and I had tasted twoother Malbec wines and this one was the best. This one was also the only one that was a pure Malbec, the other two had small amounts of other varietals in them. If you like Italian wines, I would recommend driving to Morgan Hill just for this one.
The final comment about this winery is the wine club. Talking to the winemaker, we learned about some of the events that this winery offers for its club members. The one that impressed me was the chili day. In the winter months, when no one is really doing anything, the winemaker makes a giant pot of chili and invites the club members to the winery to hang out and have chili. I thought that this sounded like a lot of fun. Many wineries have very pretentious events, like caviar and cheese pairings, which are cool but not my style. I do not enjoy going to events where other club members look at me and wonder if I work there because I am in my 20’s. I think Sycamore Creek is much more age open and welcoming of every type of wine drinker.