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PICK ‘EM QUICK This year’s heat wave meant early harvest for some of the more quickly-ripening blocks of vines at Satori Cellars in Gilroy.

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t was the second weekend of September when the call for help went out to friends and club members of Satori Cellars in Gilroy. With the prior week’s unusual heat wave, the vineyard grapes were ripening more quickly than expected and it was time to harvest some of the more early ripening varietals, namely the blocks of merlot and primitivo zinfandel. In the morning darkness my husband and I bounded out of bed; excited to participate in another Satori harvest, our third time in as many years. We quickly dressed in layers and, anticipating a dusty, sticky day, threw on our grubbiest jeans and old tennis shoes. � 6




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ALL SORTED Workers during harvest time at Satori Cellars pick through the grape-filled bins—ensuring the quality of the fruit.


With hardly any cars on the road, it was just getting light out when we arrived at 6:45am to meet a group of 30 other like-minded people—all eager for this adventure outside our normal daily lives. An assortment of pastries and hot coffee were laid out for us to enjoy while Tom and Sandy Moller, the owners and winemakers, explained the morning’s agenda. The morning sky was overcast and the air was cool—perfect conditions for the task at hand. Tom explained that it was important to harvest the grapes early in the day while the sugar levels were still low—before the sun’s warmth would spike the levels back up again. “Picking grapes in the early morning when the grapes’ temperature is below 68 degrees allows for optimal fermentation.” Everything we needed to pick grapes was provided: work gloves and small sickle-shaped scythes. Moller provided instructions, “The

grapes are looking excellent, but just in case, don’t pick anything that might look moldy or under ripe.” The group followed behind Aquarius, the assistant winemaker, who led us toward the rows of merlot grapes we would be picking. Along the way, we could hear roosters crowing from nearby farms. We walked carefully; dodging the deep rabbit holes and random tree roots sticking up from the ground. A pack of friendly dogs; some belonging to the Mollers and others brought in by the group members, followed along for the fun. The head-trained vines were at eye level—no stooping or reaching overhead was required. For the very first time, Aquarius had trimmed the top growing canopy of vines—exposing the grape clusters and making them easier to get at. We pickers soon found our rhythm and discovered the knack for cutting the grape clusters from the

plant—tossing them into the plastic bins that were positioned along the rows beneath us. We moved along in leapfrog fashion as the portion of the vines we were working on were stripped—moving ahead in the row to get at the other clusters waiting to be picked. Along the way, I couldn’t resist sampling some of the grapes. Although seeded and small in comparison to table grapes, these vine-ripened gems were sweet and full of flavor. Soon the bins were filled and picking came to a halt as we realized we were out of empty bins. Just then, Moller slowly drove his old flatbed pickup truck down the row to collect the heaping bins and to drop off empty ones. Moller’s teenage son Riley and a few of his sturdy young friends who were riding in the back, jumped off to collect the bins and leave us some empty ones. As the truck passed by, we pressed up against the vines,

careful not to get our toes run over. “Anyone want anything to drink? I’ve got a cooler filled with waters and anything else you might like.” Moller drove off, taking the loaded bins to the sorting “station”—where other helpers sorted out leaves, twigs and undesirable grapes from the bunches. As we resumed our picking, light conversations started among our diverse group—ages 10-80 years old. One couple, with delightful Polish accents, lived next door. We learned that several people worked at high tech jobs in Silicon Valley, one person was a nurse, another, a yoga instructor and many of us were retired. Although the majority of us were returning to this annual ritual at the vineyard, this was a first-time harvest for several newcomers. Kerry White, a recognized “grape whisperer” from New Zealand joined us—explaining the virtues of a relatively new technique he uses to put “biology back in the soil.” Similar to composting, White explained his process of growing and adding back living organisms to the soil, providing the vines with nutrients they need for improved growth and more abundant crops. It was the group’s consensus that we all shared a common bond—our abiding admiration and fondness of the Mollers. Their kindness, generosity and positive attitudes have uplifted many a visitor to their winery. Now we were onto the rows of primitivo zinfandel, not only the first of all the zinfandel grapes to ripen but also a grape varietal that ripens unevenly. Moller was back with further instructions, “Pick the large clusters, usually it’s two or three, closest to the trunk of the vine. Leave behind the small clusters that look like Christmas tree ornaments and any clusters that look translucent or are light in color. We only want the big, meaty, deeply colored, opaque clusters. Some raisining is fine—that’s typical zinfandel.” Two hours flew by as we chatted, laughed and picked the grapes from more than 600 vines. We spotted Jeff and Carol in a golf cart coming down our row—with all the fixings to make Bloody Mary’s for those of us over 21.

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OPTIMAL TIMING Grapes are picked in the early morning to ensure the sugar levels of the fruit remain low. sturdy worker, turned on the noisy machine and then gently poured the grape-filled bins into the hopper. First, a corkscrew shaped paddle separated the grapes from their stems. The stems will be composted and later, turned back into the vineyard’s soil. Then, the machine lightly crushed the grapes and, using gravity, the resulting “must” (composed of juice, fruit, grape skins, seeds), traveled down a wide tube into a fermentation container. At capacity, the fermentation container can hold nearly two tons of crushed grapes. The grape must will ferment inside the container for the next eight to 14 days. During this time, yeast will convert the grape sugars into alcohol (fermentation). The grape skins that float to the top will be “punched” back down into the juices—providing color and flavor. When fermentation is complete, the seeds and skins will be strained and the remaining juices moved into barrels or tanks ➝ 8

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Pretty soon, we had picked so many grapes that the people sorting them could no longer keep up. So, several of us headed for the sorting tables to balance the workload. We joined a half dozen other sorters; picking through the grapefilled bins—ensuring the quality of the fruit. I passed the time talking about the important things in life with Aurora, a long-time friend of the Mollers. We were glad to be wearing gloves as there were lots of earwigs and spiders lurking among the grape clusters. These bugs fell to the bottom of the bins and were tossed to the ground. Mike Wendt, a Gilroy resident, was probably the hardest working individual on the scene. At 6-foot5-inches tall, Wendt was the perfect height to lift the bins of sorted grapes onto the back of a pickup truck that converted into the crush pad where the grapes were poured into a crusher/de-stemmer machine. Wendt held the ladder for me as I climbed up to get a better view. I watched as Tom, another




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ERGO-GRAPE The head-trained vines at Satori in Gilroy are at eye level—no stooping or reaching overhead is required. for up to three years, depending on the grape varietal. After the wine has aged sufficiently in the barrels, it will be bottled and ready to enjoy. At 11am, just as the overcast skies were giving way to a hot, bright sun, Moller and Aquarius called a halt to the day—saying it was time for lunch. Moller reported, “We harvested nearly six tons of grapes today which I’m pretty sure is a record for the first pick. And the ‘numbers’ are fantastic (around 27 brix and 3.7 pH on the zin and 25.5 brix and 3.7 pH on the merlot). Brix (°Bx) is a measurement of the sugar in the must—all pointing to the amount of alcohol a wine will have. If that sounds like Latin the short answer is “tasty wine.” As usual, Sandy Moller had

cooked up something special for us—this time, deep pans of chicken and eggplant parmesan, a big tossed green salad and garlic bread. A selection of Satori Cellar’s finest wines and chocolate brownies rounded out the delicious meal. As we drove home, we could not think of a more satisfying way to spend a day—being out in nature, in the middle of a beautiful vineyard, alongside a group of interesting people—all working toward a common goal. It is fascinating to think that three years from now, we will most likely be drinking the wine made from grapes we hand-picked that morning. With sincere gratitude to the Mollers and their friends, we hope to be back soon.



WINERY CONCERT Bring the family and a picnic to Wine Down Wednesday: Fall Acoustic Concert Series. Purchase beer and Hecker Pass Wine at the Barrel Bar and enjoy Taylor Morris’ alternative acoustic music. Outside alcohol prohibited. This free event will be held in the La Vigna Event Center at Hecker Pass Winery, 4605 Hecker Pass Highway on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6pm-8:30pm. Visit


GHOST WALK The 9th annual San Juan Bautista Ghost Walk offers new spirits and locations on the guided walking tour of several local sites with ghost sightings and paranormal activities that is sure to sell out. Five departures are offered each night beginning at 6:30pm and the reservation fee includes gift bag and beverages. Tours start and end in downtown San Juan Bautista at Union Bank on the corner of Third and Mariposa Streets on Oct. 27-28. Visit


GLADIATOR RUN Dan Clark, aka “Nitro” from American Gladiator presents the most insane day of your life at the Gladiator Rock‘n Run. This 5k adventure challenges participants from beginners to seasoned athletes to run, crawl, jump, slither, mud sling and fire leap across obstacle laden terrain. At the event’s conclusion participants are invited to celebrate with food, beer, awards and rock ‘n’ roll. The event takes place at Casa de Fruta, 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway on Saturday, Oct. 28th at 8am. Visit


The Great Garlic 5k Fundraiser, benefitting the City of Gilroy Recreation Department Youth Scholarship Fund, encourages Halloween costumes with prizes for Best Individual and Best Group costumes. Rain or shine, walkers, runners, strollers, bike riders, roller-skaters and bladers ages five and up are invited to walk, run, bike or roll in the 5k fundraiser celebrating healthy, fun lifestyles at Gilroy Sports Park, 5925 Monterey Frontage Road on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9am. Visit

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he cool month of October evokes thoughts of foods and beverages made from pumpkins and apples, but for one October day each year the San Benito Olive Festival invites everyone to switch their focus to a much smaller fruit—the olive. San Benito Olive Festival board member Kathina Szeto describes the festival as a “fresh culinary celebration with innovative creators and delectable pairings.” Festivalgoers will be treated to samples, products and creations made by award-winning olive growers, world-class vintners and craft brewers. Attendees are invited to

enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and activities during the festival, including cooking demonstrations, hands on crafts, cultural dance performances and live bands. San Benito County Historical Park, a once-working ranch, hosts this year’s festival. Olive lovers will be able to visit the “Olive Bar,” at the old-time saloon amid the park’s historical village. Jim Ostdick, a retired history teacher who hiked across America earlier this year, will lead adventurous visitors on a geology tour behind the village to a view overlooking the park and the Diablo Range foothills. Along with renowned olive oils, visitors will be able to sample culinary delights from organic tapas

to gourmet cheeses, pasta and fruit kabobs. “We’re very excited about two new food artisans joining us,” said Szeto, “The Farmhouse Café, an organic restaurant from downtown Hollister and Tres Bien Creamery, an artisan cheesemaker from Willits, California—known as the “Willy Wonka of cheese.” Professional and celebrity chefs will delight onlookers by sharing olive oil-inspired recipes on the cooking stage; and a VIP Tasting Grove will offer tastings of fine wine and craft beers. Master of ceremonies, DJ Sergio will kick off the live entertainment with singer, Joe Fata, doing his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Fata will be followed by the musical acts of Mr. O’s Jazz Band, Absurdum and Midnight Sun, along with cultural performances including Mariachi Juvenil Alma de Mexico, performing Mexican folklore and modern music, and Calpuli Itzpapalotl Danza Azteca, performing pre-Columbian Aztec dances. The playful Botanical Family Fun area offers agriculturally-themed activities and projects including creation of olive wreaths and fall flower bouquet arrangements, rock and pumpkin painting, scarecrow building and an olive paint party. Now in its fifth year, the San Benito Olive Festival is produced by a team of more than 200 dedicated volunteers, including board members and chairpersons. “We are very grateful to our community-minded and generous sponsors, and the supporting non-profit organizations who bring in the hard working volunteers that make the San Benito Olive Festival a welcoming and fun place to be,” says Szeto, noting that the volunteers have contributed thousands of hours of hard work to make the event a success. San Benito Olive Festival is Oct. 14 from 10am-5pm at San Benito County Historical Park, 8300 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos. For more information, visit

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Santa Clara Valley’s Wine Trail beckons wine enthusiasts to the Fall Passport Weekend. The three-day event offers barrel tastings, new releases, winery tours, live music and more than 25 wineries participating throughout Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Martin. Attendees will receive passports gaining them access to participating wineries, souvenir glasses and a passport booklet to be stamped at each location. The event begins Friday, Oct. 13 from 6-8pm at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, continuing Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15 from 12-5pm at various participating wineries. For more information, visit or call 408.607.2491.


MORGAN HILL CODING FUN Children ages 7 to 11 are welcome to attend “Coding with Dot and Dash” to

learn coding skills, with robot friends Dot & Dash, that will allow them to understand the logic that controls the technology that is around them. No experience is

necessary for this event that makes learning fun. Coding with Dot and Dash meets at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 4-5pm. For more information or to sign up online, visit HEALTH CONFERENCE The 13th annual Santa Clara County Binational Health Week Conference presents the theme Let’s Move: Practical Approaches to Engaging the Latino Community in Physical Activity. The conference will feature Active Living Coach and awardwinning children’s book author Carmen Bogan sharing her new book, Where’s Rodney. Bogan

will be discussing how parks and nature boost mental health and support early childhood development. Other highlights of the full program include an opportunity to visit new Morgan Hill parks and free and low-cost physical activity resources for individuals, older adults and families. Registration is $30 and includes a light breakfast, lunch and participation gift. The conference will take place at the Morgan Hill Community Center, 17000 Monterey Road on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 8:30am-3pm. For registration and more information, visit binationalhealthweek2017.

DAY OF THE DEAD BREW CRAWL FOR FALL EXHIBITS Join the Gilroy Center for the Arts in remembering family members and friends who have passed on and helping to support their spiritual journey at the 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Community Ofrendas & Art Exhibit. The exhibit is open at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey Street, Gilroy from Oct. 14-Nov. 4 with a free event on Oct. 29 from Noon-4pm. For information about the event or setting up an Ofrenda, visit

Hop down to the Brew Crawl Trail throughout downtown Morgan Hill at the fifth annual Brew Crawl. The crawl will showcase up to 40 craft beers in 20 unique downtown Morgan Hill shops and restaurants, all within walking distance. It will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-5pm. Check in between 11am-3pm at the corner of either Depot Street and First Street or Third Street and Monterey Road. For tickets, visit

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HOLOCAUST PRESENTATION Join Holocaust survivor Gitta Spindel Ryle as she speaks on The Holocaust, Survival, and Forgiveness. Ryle tells her story of a childhood under Hitler that is an unforgettable testimony and a tribute to perseverance; and speaks to foster understanding that the Holocaust occurred, and how; and to illustrate that survival requires work to live fully and rise above negativity and resentment. This free event will be presented at the Gilroy Library Community Room, 350 W. Sixth St. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7pm. For more information, visit

COMMUNITY BBQ The entire South County Community is invited to show appreciation for First Responders at the 2nd Annual Community BBQ at the St. Louise Regional Hospital campus. An afternoon of food, music, and fun family activities await as hospital physicians and staff volunteer their time to host. The BBQ will take place at the St. Louise Regional Hospital campus, 9400 No Name Uno on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11am – 3pm. Suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit stlouise.verity.

GOLF TOURNAMENT Be sure to register for the Gilroy City Amateur Golf Tournament and see who will be crowned the 2017 Gilroy City Amateur Golf Champion. Divisions will be Men, Women, Gross, Net and Senior (60+), with an original skins game available. The tournament will span two days with the first round of 18 holes of golf with cart on Saturday, Oct. 28th at 9am at Eagle Ridge Golf Course, 2951 Club Dr. and the final round of 18 holes with cart, food and prizes on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 8am at Gilroy Golf Course, 2695 Hecker Pass

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RENAISSANCE FAIRE Don’t miss the final weekend of the Northern California Renaissance Faire at Casa de Fruta. Attendees are invited to step back in time to Renaissance era Europe. Special guest artists will join the more than 150 craft booths and costumed performers will roam the streets amongst foods, ales and activities. The new Tournament of Horses can be seen alongside five stages of shows, and BlackEyed Dempseys will close out this ➝ 14



13 to head to the Tackle for a Cure Football Game at San Benito High School Football Stadium. The Pink Out Extravaganza will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7:30am-10pm. PHOTO EXHIBIT Be sure to check out the strange yet fascinating photographs taken by local photographers of the Morgan Hill Photography Club. 30 interesting but unusual images are on display at The Morgan Hill Photography Club exhibit, “What is it?” at the Centennial Senior Center through Nov. 10. Join the public Artist’s Reception at the Centennial Recreation Senior Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave, Morgan Hill Friday, Oct. 13 from 6-8pm. For more information, visit


UC Master Gardeners invite South Valley residents to Guglielmo Winery as they present their Fall Plant Sale. Cool season vegetable seedlings started by Master Gardeners will be available for purchase, including broccoli, cauliflower, chard, kale, cabbage and more. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer any growing questions. The Fall Garden Market will be held at Guglielmo Winery, 1480 East Main Ave, Morgan Hill on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10am-1pm. For more information, visit

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NFL LEGENDS The NFL Alumni—Northern California Chapter welcomes the community to their 17th annual Klays for Kids Sporting Clays Team Challenge. This exciting event will benefit youth and youth-related charities throughout the Bay Area. The competition will be in a casual

clay-target tournament format with the top three teams receiving awards and each team captained by an NFL Legend. The event will be held at Coyote Valley Sporting Clays, 1000 San Bruno Ave, Morgan Hill on Friday, Oct. 13. To register, visit PINK OUT Hollister’s 6th annual Pink Out Extravaganza has arrived. Hope for A Cure Memorial Educational Scholarship Fund invites the community join together to support Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing the color pink. They wanted to make the town pink and asked that businesses and school decorate in all pink and everyone wear all pink clothing. Be sure

BOOK SALE The Gilroy Library invites the community to join them for their Friends of the Gilroy Library book sale. All ages are welcome to browse from their variety of great reads. Proceeds from purchases go toward supporting the collection and programs at the Gilroy Library. The sale is held on the second Saturday of every month, Oct. 14 at 10am at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For more information, visit or call 408.842.8207. OLIVE FESTIVAL The 2017 San Benito Olive Festival is back and with it comes award-winning olive oils, artisanal foods and more. Discover world-class wines and craft beers as you mingle with local growers and creators. Enjoy the olive paint party, live music and hands-on crafts. The San Benito Olive Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10am-5pm at the San Benito County Historical Park, 8300 Airline Highway in Tres Pinos. For more information, visit FASHION SHOW The merchants of San Juan Bautista will be hosting a Fashion Show and the first Holiday Arts & Craft Show of the season. There will also be a raffle

with proceeds donated to the San Juan Bautista Rotary Club for use by its Migrant Holiday Program. The show will be on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11am-3pm. For tickets visit, or purchase at the door. For more information, call 831.623.4285 and ask for Julia or Loretta. FIELD COMPETITION Marching Bands and Color Guards from 18 Northern California High Schools will assemble at Gilroy High School for the 25th annual Gilroy Western Band Association Field Competition. The Garlic City Classic, presented by Gilroy High School Band and Color Guard Boosters, celebrates its 25th anniversary at Gilroy High School, 750 W. 10th Street, Gilroy on Saturday, Oct. 14. Gates open at 4:30pm, first band performs at 5pm. For more information, call or text 669.500.BAND. GAME NIGHT Morgan Hill Math invites families who like to have fun playing games of skill and logic to October’s Game Night. The Game Night program strives to provide an outlet for families to get together to socialize and have fun playing games. Most games will be appropriate for children ages 8 to adult, but everyone is welcome at this free event. Game Night will meet Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 7-8:30pm to play Apples to Apples in the El Toro Room, Morgan Hill Community Center, 17000 Monterey Road. For More information, visit DOG HIKE Hike through the redwoods with your best four legged friend. Join a Park Ranger and her canine partner on a ”pawsome” hike through the redwood forest of Mt. Madonna County Park. Be sure to pack water, snacks, insect repellent, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, and a leash for your dog and meet at the Redwood Grove Picnic Area, Mt. Madonna County Park, 7850 Pole Line Road, Watsonville on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3:305pm. For more information, call 408.842.2341 or visit

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SPOOKY BLOOMS This variegated Chlorophytum or Spider plant is a fun example of a resilient houseplant, perfect for Halloween.

Not So Itsy Bitsy Spiders By NANCY SCHRAMM


become passé during the intervening years, but it’s such an easy plant to grow it’s worth recommending to those new to growing plants indoors. Spider plants have long, narrow leaves that usually have several lengthwise stripes of white and green, called variegation. The plant sends out long, slender stems that arch up, out and eventually down with some small white flowers at the end. But the spider plant earns its name from the little plantlets that form along and at the end of these flowering stems, looking like—you got it—spiders. This is one houseplant that I’ve found difficult to kill. It survives for me in a room with

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ooking back, I don’t remember ever writing about houseplants. Perhaps because while I’m pretty good at keeping my outdoor plants alive, they tend to cringe when I take them indoors to (what they probably call) the torture chamber. How’s that for a Halloween theme? But rather than talking about killing house plants, let’s celebrate Halloween by looking at two spidery plants. Most people of a certain age remember how popular it was to grow spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) indoors in macramé hangers in the 1970s. It may have

a north-facing window, and even when I forget to water it for so long that it goes peaked looking and then limp, I’ve rarely lost one. An added bonus is the fact that the spider plant (along with a number of other houseplants) is known for helping filter and clean the air. Ever seen a pretty spider? There are several plants with flowers that may remind those with an active imagination of spiders, including spider flower (Cleome hasslerana) and two different spider lilies, Hymenocallis and Lycoris. Let’s look at Lycoris radiata, the red spider lily because it is so well suited to our climate. This native of Japan grows from a bulb much like Amaryllis (to which it is related), the pink naked lady flowers that are a common sight around the Bay Area in late summer, and thrives in similar conditions. Plant red spider lily bulbs where they will get full (or at least a half-day) of sun during the winter. They prefer to be dry in the summer when dormant, and irrigated or rained on during the winter when the foliage is green and lush— just the ticket for our Mediterranean climate. They are cold hardy too, surviving freezing temperatures. The red flowers appear in late summer or early fall before the foliage starts growing. Spider lily flowers (also known as surprise lilies) burst into bloom atop 18 inch tall stems. The showy red flowers have narrow, wavy-edged petals (technically tepals), which curve backwards, and very long stamens which look like daddy-long-leg spider legs. The bulb is mildly poisonous. As a result, deer and gophers tend to leave the whole plant alone. Remember, Gilroy readers, if you have five library receipts you can visit Gilroy Gardens for free. The fall color is glorious when cool weather arrives.



Victorious vintage

BEST BETS Take the guesswork out of that next bottle of wine with the help of recent wine ratings.

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Seven local wineries earn top marks




ith all the new, recent awards and accolades— both near and far—it’s cheers all-around for our local wineries. Anthony Dias Blue, the wellknown wine writer and editor-inchief, for SOMM magazine, Blue Lifestyles and The Tasting Panel magazine recently awarded seven of our wineries with 90+ scores: 2013 Aver Family, Petite Sirah, Estate, Santa Clara Valley, Blessings ($60) 92 pts. 2014 Sarah's Vineyard Pinot

Noir, Reserve, Santa Clara Valley ($60) 92 pts. 2012 Jason Stephens Winery, Syrah, Estate, Santa Clara Valley, ($26) 91 pts. 2013 Morgan Hill Cellars, Merlot, Santa Clara Valley, ($22) 91 pts. 2015 Sarah's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Clara Valley ($44) 91 pts. 2013 Seeker Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Teresa Estate, Santa Clara Valley ($42) 91 pts. 2014 Stefania Wine, Syrah, Besson Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley, ($24) 90 pts.

At the recent 37th Annual San Francisco International Wine competition, 58 judges tasted over 4,300 wines from more than 30 countries around the world. Several of our wineries won gold, including the 2013 Therese Vineyards Syrah ($38), a beautiful gem of a wine from Martin Ranch Winery, which received a double gold medal. Also winning gold medals at this International competition were Guglielmo Winery for their 2015 Grignolino ($20) and Fernwood Cellars for their 2012 Red Rhone Blend ($42). Another prestigious competition, the 41st annual, 2017 Orange County Wine Competition, gave Kirigin Cellars top honors (four stars) for their 2016 Malvasia Bianca ($19.90), a dry, fragrant and rarely seen white varietal. Also gold-medaled in this competition were the 2013 Natalie Grenache and the 2014 Natalie Grenache Blanc (both around $30) from Sarah’s Vineyard, along with the 2014 Malbec ($24) from Stefania Wine, a 2015 Syrah and a 2015 Zinfandel (both $19.90) from Kirigin Cellars. Now in its 78th year, the Los Angeles International Wine Awards gave Fortino Winery a gold medal for their 2014 Carignane ($27). They also awarded three gold medals to Solis Winery: 2013 Red Blend, Baciami Reserve ($40), 2013 Estate Fiano ($30) and their 2013 Zinfandel ($30). On a local level, in their annual “Best Of ” awards, Fortino Winery was again named the Best Winery in Gilroy and Guglielmo Winery was voted Best Winery in Morgan Hill. Karen Seeker, president of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, says, “These awards are something for us all to be proud of and really vindicates our mutual feeling that this is a great place for growing grapes, and a home to quality winemakers.”


Curt “Cycle Guy” Hentschke

TIERRA BELLA The Romo family of cyclists in 2014. Featuring Rafa, Miriam, Raphael, Mia and Issa.

Spoking my Mind Do Fall!


By CURT “CYCLE GUY” HENTSCHKE Oct. 1, to the SLO Gran Fondo on Oct. 28, chose one (or more) and register today. October also brings some of the prettiest riding. Fall fell last month, so autumn is omnipresent. “Bicyclically” bathe in the colors and fragrances! Finally, the 10th month also brings some fall family favorites. On the 14th, be sure to take in the Coyote Creek Cycling Classic. Only a fortnight later, pack up the bikes and helmets, don your Halloween costumes,

and head to the Gilroy Sports Park for the Great Garlic FUNdraiser 5K. Both events include T-shirts and awards for finishers, so don’t miss out!

SAVE THE DATES Road and Mountain • 10/14–Coyote Creek Cycling Classic–Morgan Hill– • 10/14–Golden Hills Century– Knight’s Ferry– • 10/21–Wheels for Meals

Ride–Pleasanton– • 10/28–SLO Gran Fondo–Avila Beach–

EVENTS • 10/14–Biketoberfest–Fairfax– • 10/28–Great Garlic 5K–Gilroy– Curt Hentschke has pedaled over 58,000 miles of South Valley and San Benito County trails. Send your cycle celebrations

OCTOBER 13, 2017

ey, thanks for the congratulatory emails regarding my recent retirement. Miss those kids, though I love being able to ride every day! Oh, and a correction regarding last month’s picture; photo credit should have gone to Miriam Romo, photographer, parent helper and mom extraordinaire. It’s October, so it’s the last month when our Save the Dates calendar will be so full. From the Surf City AIDS Ride on



GOODBYE CITY LIVING Find secluded comfort on this 2.3-acre country estate in Aromas.

Sunsets and starry nights Homeowners will get cozy and crafty in this wooded paradise By DEBRA ESKINAZI

OCTOBER 13, 2017



elcome home to Aromasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a nice place to live! Escape the heat, but enjoy the sun in this beautiful country home on 2.3 wooded acres. Enjoy the sunsets and the quiet, star-filled sky from the back deck. This four bedroom, three bathroom home has hardwood and tile flooring throughout and features a great floor plan for the family that wants space. Atop a beautiful oak hardwood staircase, homeowners will

find two large bedrooms and a bath. Prospective homeowners will delight in their downstairs master bedroom and fourth bedroom accompanied by two additional restrooms. The large, bright country kitchen is complete with highend appliances, granite countertops, a charming tile backsplash and cupboards aplenty. Guest will fawn over large windows and gorgeous views. This property boasts a detached, oversized, two-car garage, with an upper bonus room for endless possibilities.

About the property Location: 251 Snyder Ave, Aromas, 95004 List Price: $865,000 Year built: 1986 House size: 2,677 square feet, four bedrooms, three baths Lot size: 2.3 acres Special features: This secluded 2.3acre home sits back from the quiet road with no thru traffic. Homeowners will enjoy a pellet stove for cozy winter nights and stunning sunsets from the living room and deck. The detached large garage and workshop.

The parcel is a mixture of land, all mostly usable and flat. Great for pets and farm animals. About the location: This sweet town is only located 50 minutes from the hustle and bustle of San Jose. Zillow predicts 95004 home values will increase 5.8 percent next year, compared to a 5.9 percent increase for Aromas as a whole. Agent: Amber Neil, Real Estate EBroker, 408.964.0598 To submit a candidate for Property Spotlight, contact

REAL ESTATE APARTMENT FOR RENT Bellagio Villas 2 Bedroom apartments starting at $2045. Pool. Park like setting. Contemporary landscaping. 1129 Monte Bello Drive, Gilroy, CA 95020. Apply online: bellagiovillas. 408.847.2328.

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Margaret L. Pidd,

330 Tres Pinos Rd. Ste. B-1


831.637.7337 Lic# 429006

AWESOME RIDGEMARK VIEWS Contemporary style home. Formal LR/DR with fireplace and built-in shelving. Family room/kitchen area with slate flooring and tile countertops. Large backyard with private setting. Exceptional views of mountains and city lights.

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DESIRABLE TOWNHOUSE 2 master suites overlooking either a private courtyard or the fairway greens. Freshly painted interior and new carpeting. Spacious kitchen with hardwood flooring, large nook and walk-in pantry. Indoor laundry room

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3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, $2,400 Home is located at Ridegemark Golf and Country Club. Garage attached. New upgrades inside and out. Available 10/1/2017

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, $1,800 Home has a Sunroom—single car garage Available 10/19/2017

Condo for Rent 2 Bedroom 2 Bath $1,900 Condo at the Ridgemark Golf and Country Club. One story, spacious, garage attached. Private pool access Available October 1

339 Seventh St., Ste. B, Hollister

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OFFICE SPACE DOWNTOWN HOLLISTER A quick walk to City and County Offices and Court House, as well as all the downtown activity. These bright, sunny offices can be rented separately or combined as one office. 357 and 361 Fifth Street, approximately 670 and 1156 sq. ft., respectively. Each have their own restrooms, separately metered utilities, air conditioning, new carpeting with parking in the rear as well as street parking. $1.25/sq. ft. plus utlities. No NNN.

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This home has been remodeled and upgraded over the years and has a very up to date feel! Home offers formal living room with brick fireplace, separate family room, indoor laundry & spacious master suite. Kitchen has large nook, granite counters, glass tile back splash and high end stainless steel appliances.

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4 Bedroom, 3 Bath $3,000 Lovely home. Includes den/office. 3 full bathrooms Lic# 429006


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Pacheco Handyman & Gardening Services Valve repair, tree cutting, concrete, plumbing, drywall, demolition, roofing, cleanups, sod, window repair & stucco. Juan 408.665.2944

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• Hauling • Landscaping • Yard clean-up • Lawns • Aeration • Garden maint. 408.394.6824 Lic: #7921 Fully Insured

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A+ rated BBB company 35+ years experience •Driveways • Patios •Walkways • Stamped Concrete 408.279.8036 Lic# 381833 Bonded & Insured

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Results that Move You Deanna’s interest in Real Estate was sparked during her first experience buying her own home. Since then she’s combined hard work, organization and persistence to develop an admirable program that results in a smooth and efficient transaction. Negotiating the highest possible price for a listing is her favorite part of working with sellers. And buyers will appreciate her “hands�on” approach. Deanna is committed to being with her clients every step of the way! In her spare time, you’ll find Deanna working out and spending time with her husband and two children.

San Jose—Village of the Four Seasons LOTS OF UPGRADES ~ 3Br/2Ba well maintained mfg home perfect for big family: living & family rooms & dining area. Master suite & bath w/jetted tub & double sinks. Interested? Call Today! $299,000 (831) 245-0321





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Three Single-Story Homes on 4.5+ Acres In-Ground Pool, Jetted Spa & Waterslide MOVE-IN READY ~ Beautiful 3-yr old 4Br/2.5Ba home w/many upgrades. Family room open to kit w/granite countertops & stainless appliances. Room for RV/boat. Call for an Exclusive Showing! $619,000 (831) 245-0321 NEW PRICE

Large Living Spaces STONEGATE BEAUTY ~ 4Br/2Ba on 6+ acres in gated Stonegate. Kitchen w/granite & island, hardwood floors. Trellis-covered patio in large backyard w/views of the hills. Let this Beautiful Home be Yours! $825,000 (831) 245-0321

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Main 3Br/3Ba 2,766 SqFt Home: Beautiful gourmet kitchen, gorgeous hardwood floors, wide hallways. Recently remodeled bath w/walk-in shower. Large open LR & kitchen w/large windows overlooking pool/spa. Impressive vaulted, open wood beam ceilings. 3Br/1Ba “In-Law” House: Open concept home separate & private from main house. 2Br/1Ba “Pool” House: Kitchen w/stainless, laundry & expansive 700 SqFt covered patio. Property: Huge shop (2 30’x50’ areas), green house, tractors. Two septic tanks, city water! In the country yet only 10 minutes from downtown Hollister.

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Location, location - beautiful Anderson Home. 3,200 S.F. with 3 bedrooms plus office and large bonus room upstairs which would be a great TV/retreat. 2 1/2 baths. Family room kitchen with new hardwood floors. Office/study adjacent. Inside laundry room. New paint interior walls and new exterior paint. Home looks great. Covered patio. 3 car garage. This home is ready to move into. 2 water heaters—one upstairs and one downstairs. 1/2 bath is located across from laundry room.

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Open Sat Noon-3pm SJ NORTH VALLEY ~ Charming 5Br/3Ba w/bonus room nestled in Berryessa area. Gorgeous remodeled gourmet kitchen. 1Br/1Ba downstairs. Large backyard. 855 Point Creek Drive, San Jose $1,178,000 Charlene King (831) 801-5464

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Ladd Ranch By K. Hovnanian® Homes

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Forest Spanish - Homesite 19 2120 Nora Drive

1,974 sq ft • 3 beds 2 baths • 2-car garage $553,735** Available November!

K. Hovnanian® Homes is proud to present, Ladd Ranch. Conveniently located near schools and downtown Hollister, with easy access to the Bay Area, the location is ideal. • 4 home designs up to 2,478 sq. ft. • Up to 4 bedrooms • Single-story home available

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*K. Hovnanian® Companies of California, Inc. reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to make changes or modifications without prior notice to any and all content set forth in this advertisement, and other ancillary information upon which this advertisement is based, including, but not limited to, prices, maps, plans, specifications, materials, features and exterior elevations/colors. Square footage is approximate. **Any home at an advertised price is subject to immediate sale and, therefore, the availability of a home at an advertised price is subject to change without prior notice. Please contact a Sales Consultant for the latest information concerning the availability and pricing of homes as well as the availability of amenities and facilities within the community including, if applicable, information about any related assessments. If buyer is working with a licensed real estate agent or broker, the agent or broker must accompany and register buyer on first visit to each community or pre-register using our Rapid Registration form prior to buyer's first visit. Rapid Registration form can be obtained by emailing or calling 888-408-6590. We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. ©2017 K. Hovnanian® Companies of California, Inc. BRE license number 01183847.


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