How knowledgeable are you about wine?

Take our wine quiz to see if you’re on your way to becoming a wine connoisseur!

Regale Wine

The world of wine can be intimidating. With so much information, regions and varietals to choose from, it can be challenging to know where to begin. A beginner wine connoisseur might know key differences between a red and white, but it’s also important to understand the nuances between all wine types and varietals. See how much you know with Regale’s first wine quiz.

Can you answer these 10 questions about wine and the growing process correctly?

  1. True or False? Grape vines are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves during winter months.
    • A – True
    • B – False
  2. When at a restaurant and a small amount of wine is poured to taste, the purpose is to:
    • A – Confirm if you like the wine
    • B – Make sure the wine is not spoiled
    • C – Give the person who ordered the first taste
  3. Why should you drink dry wines before sweet wines?
    • A – To prevent dry wine from seeming overly dry
    • B – To create a “dessert” effect at the end of tasting
    • C – To have a full-bodied taste
  4. How long does it take newly planted grapes to bear fruit worthy of winemaking?
    • A – The following harvest season
    • B – About 3 – 5 years
    • C – About 15 years
  5. What is the difference between red wine and white wine?
    • A – Red wine is harvested later and therefore darker in color.
    • B – Red wine is made from a different kind of grape.
    • C – When red wine is produced, the skins of the grapes are left inthe wine during fermentation.
  6. Which of these wines is usually a little sweet?
    • A – Sauvignon Blanc
    • B – Chardonnay
    • C – Riesling
  7. Which of these red wines is commonly described as a little spicy or peppery?
    • A – Syrah/Shiraz
    • B – Cabernet Sauvignon
    • C – Pinot Noir
  8. What gives champagne its effervescence (bubbles)?
    • A – Champagne is aged in a steel barrel.
    • B – Bubbles are added during bottling for taste.
    • C – Champagne goes through a second fermentation process (usually with yeast and sugar).
  9. What word describes the apparent weight of a wine in your mouth (light, medium or full)?
    • A – Body
    • B – Tannin
    • C – Aroma
  10. What is the ideal temperature to serve red wine?
    • A – 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit
    • B – 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit
    • C – It varies depending on the body of the wine.

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How did you do?

  1. True – grape vines lose their leaves in the winter. (10 points)
  2. B – Taste is poured before serving to make sure the wine is not spoiled. (10 points)
  3. A – Drink dry wine before sweet wine so wine doesn’t seem overly dry. (10 points)
  4. B – 3 to 5 years for newly planted grapes to be worthy of winemaking. (10 points)
  5. C – When red wine is produced, the skins of the grapes are left in wine during the fermentation process. (10 points)
  6. C – Riesling is usually a little sweet. (10 points)
  7. A – Syrah/Shiraz is commonly described as spicy or peppery. (10 points)
  8. C – Champagne is effervescent due to its second fermentation. (10 points)
  9. A – Body describes the apparent weight of a wine in your mouth. (10 points)
  10. C – The ideal temperature to serve red wine varies depending on the body of the wine. (10 points)

Meet Rosie & Sangiovese

Our expert vintners are dedicated to the fine art of making wine. But they wouldn’t be able to fully devote themselves to their craft if they didn’t have some behind-the-scenes help from two of our most important employees: Rosie and Sangiovese!

Rosie 2.1

Rosie and Sangiovese (who prefers the less formal Sangio) help keep things at Regale running smoothly. Their most important job is patrolling our vineyard and chasing away unwanted pests.

Of course, vermin population control isn’t their only duty. Rosie and Sangio also have many important administration tasks, including napping on keyboards, napping in the middle of the office floor, napping on laps, and some occasional light filing.


Rosie, the more outgoing of the pair, is a pretty little thing. Her white and grey coat is accented with soft, sunset-orange markings. She’s also quite the charmer. You can often find her meowing for pats and attention. In her spare time, Rosie loves “collecting” bugs and lizards (which she wants to share, much to our dismay).

While Sangio is more shy and reserved, he’s still a very handsome boy with a coat of grey and tabby markings. He also has quite the appetite and can sometimes be coaxed over with the promise of food. On his braver days, Sangio will visit us in the office to make sure everyone is doing their work and staying on task.  Sangio 1.jpg

If you’re interested in meeting Rosie and Sangio (and maybe even tasting some of our delicious wine!), visit our website tasting page for days, times and details.

2014 Member Holiday Party

Annual Holiday Party
Sunday, December 7th 12 – 5pm

  • Our most festive Member event of the year! Share the holiday times with good friends, food and wine. If you’re looking for unique gifts, you will love our line up of vendors. (It’s so nice to be able to enjoy shopping without the crowds and get some beautiful, unique gifts.) Take a bit of the party home with you as you enjoy our annual special discounts on selected vintages. Purchase tickets early; this will be a sell out!$35 per person, plus tax. Includes first glass of wine and one personal pizza.
    Must be a club member to purchase tickets; maximum tickets allowed is 4.

A Season of Rest…

The Estate vines are hibernating after a busy harvest season last fall, and our organic gardens nestled below the winery are being stripped and re-planted for the coming year. As we prepare our plant beds for the next season’s bounty, it brings up the question – what are you doing to prepare for your seasonal produce? Do you shop local, organic, or farm-grown? We at Regale love the fresh fruits and vegetables grown at our garden at the winery. What are your favorite ingredients to use at this time of year?

 It is very cold outside today, which summons the image of winter. Just last week, it was starting to look like an early spring. The coldness of the last couple of days reminds us that our summer fruits and vegetables are further away than we thought!

Not to worry, though! If you are in a mid-winter slump and are wondering what’s currently in season, then check out our list (below) of the local produce that is currently in season:

Bok Choy
Brussels sprouts
Sweet Potatoes

Also for your benefit, we have included a lovely late winter recipe that utilizes a few of our favorites from the list (recipe courtesy of Simply Delicious™). These Spiced Glazed Carrots can be made as a lovely accompaniment to any meal. We recommend pairing this earthy treat with a lighter wine, such as our 2007 O’Neel Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Buon appetito!

Spiced Glazed Carrots with Sherry and Citrus


  • 2 bunches of thin carrots (2 lb.), cut into 1″ pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • 12 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp fresh tangerine juice
  • 2 Tbsp Sherry or sweet vermouth
  • 2 pinches ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp fresh tarragon leaves
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated tangerine zest


  • Bring carrots, butter, 1/2 tsp. salt, peppercorns, bay leaf, and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 7–8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer carrots to a medium bowl.
  • Add tangerine juice, 1 Tbsp. Sherry, and ground cloves to skillet and cook until glaze forms, 7–8 minutes. Stir in carrots and remaining 1 Tbsp. Sherry. Season carrots to taste with salt.

Welcome to 2013! Did you make your list of goals?

ImageThis year, rather than focus on the standard resolutions that fizzle out by February, take it upon yourself to try the latest fad in New Year’s resolutions: commit to learning something new!

Diets are fickle and motivation can fade, but the desire to learn something new is a resolution that is not only fun, but can also usher in a new year of hobbies that offer an educational twist. What better way to explore a new hobby and learn more about wine than trying out our new series of Wine Appreciation classes? These are fun and interactive seminars which have been designed with you in mind – from the wine connoisseur to the aspiring connoisseur, these classes hold something for each level of wine mastery.

Kicking off this series on January 26th will be our “Introduction to Wine Tasting” course. This class is a great way for you to dive into learning more about wine and will help you learn the basic fundamentals of wine tasting. You’ll be taught a basic understanding of how to decipher wine terminology, where wine comes from, how to taste it, different wine styles, and other characteristics. Join us for this fun and informative afternoon as we take you on a tour of Regale’s wines, with our beautiful grounds and Italian villa serving as the background for these fun classics in wine tasting knowledge.

In February, we will be featuring our “Wine and Chocolate Pairing” class. This is the perfect accompaniment to any Valentine’s Day plans. Bring a little romance and richness into your life by joining us to learn about pairing wine and chocolate. What a beautiful combination!

Following these courses in early March is our “Wine Appreciation” class, where you will be provided with an overview of wine making, starting with the grapes in the vineyard through the winemaker’s last touch in the wine making process. You’ll learn about the different choices and decisions that are made before bottling and what the last steps are before it’s available for the public to enjoy.

 This is the first time we have ever had the opportunity to host any such wine courses; we are extremely excited to offer these seminars as a supplement to your 2013 events with us. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Looking Back, Seeing Ahead…

As I look back on 2011, I couldn’t be more pleased with the phenomenal growth that the winery has experienced. I wanted to build the business organically through word-of-mouth referrals and given our 400% growth for the year, this plan is clearly working!
For 2012 we have only one New Year’s Resolution: to continue the growth of our spirited wine club community as we embark on the establishment of our private membership-only winery estate, or should I say, Country Club. Once we reach membership capacity, we will close the membership and start a waiting list for potential future members. The goal is to make weekend wine tasting, picnicking and private winery events available exclusively to our members. Bring your family, guests or even business associates to the winery for the ultimate wine country experience!

Help us build the Regale family. We encourage members to bring like-minded friends up to the winery to show them what we are all about. For the first half of 2012, the member who refers the most new members will receive a private wood fired pizza party next summer for themselves and 25 guests! All on us, including wine! For the second half of the year, the winning member will receive a private wintertime party at Regale with the entire winery to yourselves!!!

Below please find our 2012 schedule of private, members-only events. New for this year is the April Tax Relief Event, our May Culinary Class, Summer Luau, Valentine Celebration and Father’s Day BBQ. In addition, we will have our traditional Harvest Celebration, Oysters and Sparkling Wine, Paella Fiesta and Winter Holiday Party. For all of these parties, we will close the winery to the public for the day. Most of these events are FREE and a few have minimal charges.

I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

– Larry

Members-Only Events for 2012

Valentine Celebration • February 12
Join us for complimentary wine tasting, sweet and savory appetizers, chocolate tasting, and live music. Special wine discounts available that day only! This special event is for members and their guests only (four tickets are allowed each member.) Due to the popuparity of our events, we have two parties that day to choose from; 11am to 2pm or 3pm to 6pm. Attendance is limited, so we are “selling” tickets on line. THERE IS NO CHARGE for the event at all, but in order to attend you must “purchase” tickets online. To purchase your tickets go to

Tax Relief Day! • April 15
Complimentary wine tasting,light appetizers, live music.

Culinary Class • May 20
First annual spring cooking class, dinner paired with Regale wines.

Father’s Day BBQ • June 17
Complimentary wine tasting, delicious BBQ, live music.

Summer Luau • July 22
Complimentary wine tasting, live music, Luau style BBQ, The “Rubber Chicken” Olympic Games.

Second Annual Oyster and Sparkling Event • August 19
Oysters and Sparkling Wine with music… need we say more!

Second Annual Paella Fiesta! • September 23
An annual tradition not to be missed!

Harvest Celebration • October 21
Complimentary wine tasting, soups and harvest dishes, live music.

Club Holiday Party • December 2
Complimentary wine tasting, live music, special holiday appetizers.

Regale Winery: The Best Wine Vineyards, California Style

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Regale Winery is one of the best wine vineyards California has to offer

When you’re seeking the best wine vineyards, California-based destinations can be quite overwhelming. This is especially true if you live in the Bay Area. If you live in San Jose or Los Gatos, you may not want to drive all the way to Sonoma or Napa.

But did you know that within the Santa Cruz Mountains – only 10 minutes away from downtown Los Gatos – is a visually breathtaking coastal winery located off of Summit Road?

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