Another delicious way to enjoy wine over the holidays!

One of our tried and true favorites this time of year, our Holiday Spice Mulled Wine, is soon to return to Regale’s Tasting Room. Its pleasant notes of cinnamon, honey, clove and nutmeg will warm you to the core.

Mulled Wine
Available at Regale Winery and Vineyards in the Tasting Room:

Saturday, December 22nd • 11am – 4p
Sunday, December 23rd • 11am – 5pm
We’re quite sure you will be wanting more. Here’s our recipe so you can enjoy our mulled wine throughout the season.

Get the Recipe:

  • 1/2 Bottle Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/2 Bottle 2015 Paso Robles Merlot
  • 2 Cups Apple Cider
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 5 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 Orange Slices
  • 2 Lemon Slices
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer at low heat for about 10 minutes. Then keep warm over very low heat. Pour into mugs and serve with optional garnishes: orange peel, cinnamon stick, star of anise. You can also prepare mulled wine in a crock pot. Follow all steps and leave wine on “Keep Warm” setting.
We hope you enjoy!

 

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The Summer of Pizza Paella, and of course, Wine. Need we say more?

If you asked for a list of our favorite things, we’re pretty sure we’d include these three every time. Pizza, Paella and Wine—all of which we invite you to join us for this summer at Regale.

Between now and late September, we’ve planned a lineup of exciting events that you don’t want to miss. If you’re looking to enjoy summer like the Italians, spend a Sunday afternoon on the grounds enjoying wine during our Wood-Fired Pizza series. Perhaps a Spanish staycation is more your style? We have you covered with the return of our popular Paella Feast. And last, but certainly not least, if you’re new to wine, or looking to expand your palette and knowledge, sign up for a class in our new Wine Education Series!

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Wood-Fired Pizza Series

We are delighted to continue the tradition of Regale’s Wood-Fired Pizza Series this summer. If you haven’t experienced it firsthand, be sure to put one of these dates on your calendar soon. Held in our gardens, our very own wood-fired pizza oven is fueled with our estate’s oak cuttings to create the perfect wine pairing.

New this Year!
We’re excited to feature Santa Cruz’s Justin Wadstein of Sleight of Hand Pizza. With 13 World Champion Pizza Tosser titles, Justin delights guests with delicious pizza and his impressive pizza tossing tricks.

Sunday, Noon – 4pm

Remaining Dates: July 1st, July 15th, August 5th, August 19th, September 2nd, September 16th

No tickets required. Walk-ins welcome for smaller parties, and reservations are required for groups larger than 9 people.

*See below link for more event information.

 

Paella Feast  Paella

Paella Feast

In the art of entertaining, there’s very few dishes that can rival the aromatic, colorful presentation of paella. Take a quick Spanish getaway and join us for a savory evening featuring this traditional cuisine native to Spain. As our guest, you’ll get to see every step of the cooking process, from beginning to end. Watch as a team from Hola Paella prepares the meal right in front of you with only the freshest of ingredients.

Sunday, August 26 • 5:30 – 7:30pm

Tickets available online.

*See below link for more event information.

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Wine Education Series – New at Regale

Interested in learning more about wine? This summer, we are excited to have launched our Wine Education Series! Whether you’re new to wine, or consider yourself a connoisseur, there is something for everyone to gain from this series.

Join us for a class led by Adan Ocegueda, a well-known, local sommelier and wine education professor at San Jose State University. Choose from a class focused on food pairings or an introduction to wine. Each class includes 45 minutes of lecture followed by 30 minutes of tasting and 15 minutes of Q&A.

  • An Introduction to Wine – Sunday, July 29 • 1:30 – 3pm
  • Food Pairing – Sunday, August 26 • 1:30 – 3pm
  • An Introduction to Wine – Sunday, September 30 • 1:30 – 3pm

Tickets available online.

*See below link for more event information.


*For more information on these events, visit our events page. To purchase tickets for the Paella event or Wine Education Series, click here.


 

 

5 Reasons to Have Your Wedding at Regale winery and Vineyards

1. The Foliage
It’s true that the most beautiful thing at a wedding is always the bride, but Regale’s multicolored array of flowers, towering trees, and greenery will only serve to complement and enhance her beauty. Your wedding photos will have the look of an Italian destination wedding without the cost. An added bonus: It’s virtually impossible to take a bad wedding photo when you’re surrounded by a gorgeous background.

2. The Bride’s Dressing Suite

The second-story room in our villa is the perfect spot for a bride and her attendants to get ready. It’s quiet, private, and has its own bathrooms and bar. With a working fireplace and an Italian fresco mural, it’s a lovely backdrop for any pre-wedding photos of the blushing bride and her ensemble, a first look reveal, or a touching mother-daughter moment.


3. The Romance
The Italians are known for their passion, and we’ve successfully captured that passion with our Tuscan-themed grounds. You’ll be swept away by our intimate garden vignettes, rich greenery and flowers, sparkling fountains, and open-air dining areas. These features are the perfect recipe for a romantic, memorable wedding that your guests will still be talking about years later.
4. The Weather
The weather in the Santa Cruz Mountains region is reliable and mild. Your guests will be able to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings during your ceremony without the threat of a sudden downpour.

 

5. Our Flexibility 
We understand there’s a lot of pressure to get everything just right for your wedding day. That’s why we only work with premier local caterers and DJs. And for the brides who are feeling overwhelmed, we can provide you with a list of trusted, reliable photographers, florists, bakers, and other vendors. No matter who you choose to work with, you can rest assured your wedding will be in good hands.
table set up and fireplace
If you’re interested in celebrating your special day at Regale Winery and Vineyard, visit our wedding page and full out an inquiry form for more information. You can also see more pictures of Regale weddings on Pinterest and Instagram.

 

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

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.

The Santa Cruz Mountains: An Ideal Location for Growing Grapes.

At Regale Winery and Vineyards, we’ve built our core winemaking values on honoring the traditions of those before us: To always question and innovate. We push ourselves to transcend the everyday and create wines that are extraordinary.

When you visit our winery and take that first sip, you experience not only the fruits of the labor of our master winemakers, but also the labor and experience of our vintner forefathers, who first settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the late 1700s.Regale Pouring Wine

The history of winemaking in the Santa Cruz region spans over 300 years. It began when the priests at the Santa Cruz Mission planted grapes that were “rough and hardy – and made terrible wine.”[1]

It wasn’t until the 1850s that the Santa Cruz Mountains region revealed its true potential — some of the most influential pioneers in California’s winemaking history sought to seed the land with grapes of a much higher quality than their unrefined ancestors.[2] Early vintners included John Burns, John and George Jarvis, Charles Lefranc, Paul Masson, and John Stewart,  men who all made substantial, lasting contributions to the growth and success of the region’s commercial wine industry.[3]

But of all the places to build a winery, why would winemakers choose the Santa Cruz Mountains? Minimal rain, warm weather that encourages and accelerates ripening, and soil that is “fertile, alluvial and loamy in nature” are the key elements responsible for the success of the region’s wineries.[4]

Jon Bonné, former wine editor and chief wine critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, poetically describes the region’s influencing factors thusly:

The mountains are sliced in half by the San Andreas Fault. The North American Plate’s sandstone and Pacific Plate’s uplifted ocean floors are constantly grinding. The result? An utter jumble of shallow, rocky soils, not unlike portions of the Sonoma Coast.

Two converging climates are also at work — cool moderating influences of the ocean to the west, and a similar, if warmer, influence from San Francisco Bay to the east. Slightly warmer sites can ripen a subtle style of Cabernet, while delicate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive nearby.[5]

Wine Bottles

Santa Cruz wineries benefit from these ideal growing conditions. Winemakers aren’t at the mercy of unpredictable weather or stingy earth. This allows wineries to become “a perfect laboratory for winemaking not held hostage to fashion.” Santa Cruz’s vintners are free to stretch their wings and create wine that is intriguing and able to stand on its own merit, avoiding what Bonné describes as the wine industry’s “steroidal tendencies of the past 20 years.”[6]

The verdant, yielding land of the region, combined with indulgent weather, allows us to handcraft batches of remarkable wines every year. The grapes from our estate-grown Pinot Noir vineyard and other exceptional local vineyards give birth to wines that stand apart from the rest with finesse, provocative personality, and balanced acidity.

January Vines

We produce some of the finest Californian wine available, yet many wine connoisseurs and experts feel Santa Cruz wineries are overlooked compared to Napa and Sonoma.[7] This is the perfect opportunity for wine lovers to delight their palates with something new. Make the relaxing, scenic drive to Regale Winery and experience the charm of Old World wine country, tucked away in the mountains of Santa Cruz.

If you’re ready to taste all that Regale Winery and Vineyards has to offer — including Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and our popular Chardonnay — visit our website tasting page for days, times and details.

 

[1] Stacey Vreeken, “Uncorked: Vines to wines — History of grape growing in Santa Cruz County,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 27, 2012.
[2] Ibid.
[3] CA Corks, “Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains.”
[4] Matthew Citriglia, “Bordeaux vs. California Cabernet — Why They Should Never Be Compared!” Winegeeks.com.
[5] Jon Bonné, “Santa Cruz Mountains wines reach a peak, quietly,” San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 28, 2010.
[6] Ibid.
[7] CA Corks, “Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains.”

Back to our Rootstock: January

Although this January has been quite a lovely one here at Regale, with uncharacteristically sunny and clear skies, our Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines are fully aware that winter is upon us.  After harvest in the Fall, when temperatures drop and the first frost comes, vines enter into a state of dormancy (or as I like to call it Winterruhe from the German term for “winter rest”).  January is arguably one of the quietest times in the winegrowing year, with few decisions to make as both the vines, and our winemaking team can rest and look forward to the coming growing year.  During this time of dormancy, neither frost nor rain, sleet or snow can bother these normally temperamental plants.   As we look forward to February, we will enter the time when decisions must be made about pruning the now fully dormant vines. But for now we will simply enjoy the beautiful days, crisp air and time off from vineyard management.

January Vines

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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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