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Fleming Jenkins

dining_rosewineVictories Rosé 2010 – Rosé for Research

I well remember the first time I met Peggy Fleming,  the world-famous ice skater and Olympic gold medal winner. It was at Testarossa Vineyards in Los Gatos. Fleming and her husband Greg Jenkins were just getting going with their winery, and were holding some of their events at Testarossa. It was only in 1999 that they planted their first vineyard of Chardonnay grapes, and they didn’t have a tasting room at that point in time. But that’s all changed as their winery has progressed. They now have a lovely tasting room in downtown Los Gatos that is available for private, corporate or nonprofit events for groups of 10 to 40 people.

The second time I met Fleming, at an event in Los Gatos, we chatted about everything under the sun, and I was left with a lasting impression of her down-to-earth personality. Many of you may know that she suffered a bout with breast cancer a few years ago – and now, through sales of the Rosé wine, she helps fund research against this disease. Named Victories Rosé, in celebration of Fleming’s victory against cancer, this is a delightful, easy-on-the-palate wine with ripe fresh fruit flavors. More than $20,000 has been raised by the winery so far – something to think about when you enjoy this wine. It’s available at Vinocruz for $19.


Fleming Jenkins Vineyard & Winery, 45, West Main St., Los Gatos, (408) 399-5640. flemingjenkins.com. Open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.


MJA Vineyards Grand Opening

MJA Vineyards is celebrating the opening of their brand new facility on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – as part of the Vintners’ Festival weekend – and until 7 p.m. for their opening. (They already have an established tasting room on Ingalls Street in Santa Cruz.) There will be artists, jewelry makers, barbecue and the fun group Extra Large playing from 4-7 p.m.

MJA Vineyards, 24900 Highland Way, Los Gatos, (408) 353-6000.

 

Annieglass Wine Tasting

Ann Morhauser, owner of the prestigious Annieglass art-glass company, had the brilliant idea of holding wine-tasting events on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at her retail outlet and studio in Watsonville. With the catchy title of “The Summer of Love: For the Love of Grapes and Glass” and two splendid wineries on board for the first season, this is bound to be a sure-fire hit. Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery is the featured winery through July 5, and Windy Oaks Estate Vineyard & Winery pours from July 17 to Sept. 5. Studio tours are available at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. by calling 761-2041 ext. 21, or online at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Annieglass is open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville.

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