Directly across the street from Live Oak High School (::sigh:: memories) is Guglielmo Winery. It is located in Morgan Hill, on Main Street to the East of the 101. If you are tasting in the South Bay, it is a required stop. This is a great winery with a new remodeled tasting room. They have reds, whites, and champagne; all in all, something for every palate. With the wide variety of wines produced, it is an easy winery to revisit for tasting many times.
There are three labels produced at the winery: Private Reserve, Villa Emile, and Emile’s Table Wine. The Private Reserve wines are hand crafted with limited release. The current Guglielmo Private Reserve series includes, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Villa Emile wines are made from grapes grown in the best regions of California wine-making. The current Villa Emile wines are Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, White Reisling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Emile’s Tables Wines hark back to the founding of the winery in 1925, when the winemakers frequently used a blend of wines. There is a Red and a White Emile’s Table Wine currently. Of all the wines that they have, the ones I like best are: Emile’s Premium Red, Villa Emile Merlot, and the Private Reserve Rosatello.
Emilie’s Premium Red – This wine is a Italian-style blend of Zinfandel, Ruby Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Barbera, and Carignane. This is not a “fancy” wine for you wine snobs out there. I like this wine because it is a value priced table red that goes with just about anything, including nothing. It is smooth, easy to drink, and still has an incredible amount of flavor. I agree with the winery when they say that this is a “zesty table wine with aromas of cherries”.
2006 Villa Emile Merlot – This is my favorite wine of the Guglielmo selection of wines. It is a bold Merlot with flavors of black cherry and cedar. It has a strong and lingering finish while still being smooth and gentle on the tannins. I love to use this wine to make french onion soup; about a cup of wine goes into the soup and the rest is drunk while cooking and eating.
2007 Private Reserve Rosatello – This is an estate bottled wine made from 100% Grignolino Rose grapes that was first released two years ago in celebration of the winery’s 80th anniversary. I generally do not like to drink a rose wines because they usually taste too fruity and sweet, like a white zinfandel was mislabeled actually. This wine is much drier while still retaining the strong flavor pear. There are only a few wineries that make a Grignolino Rose wine in California, so I think that this is a must try even if you cannot make it to the tasting room. You can order a bottle of it at the Guglielmo Online Store.
As you can see, there are a number of wines to try at Guglielmo Winery when you decide to stop by and visit. They have a well deserved reputation for making consistently good wines. They also have an elegant area for weddings or other parties. So drop in, have a glass, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
(Guglielmo barrel image credited to Fire-Eyes Photography)