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Bruin Wine Country: A Tour Guide

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Published Jul 1, 2010 8:00 AM


So many wineries, so little time. Here's a comprehensive-as-we-can-make-it list of wineries owned by UCLA alumni, or in which graduates play a prominent role. Turn summer Sideways and hit the road to savor the mysteries of the grape. You can follow this route from UCLA all the way north to Napa!

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Read more in the article The Fruits of Their Labor about the California wineries owned and operated by UCLA alumni, where you'll find a wonderland of vintages, lush landscapes, and fascinating stories about how these Bruin vintners found their calling.

Still thirsty? Here are the stories — and locations — of four more wineries in the UCLA family, in the article Cheers! Another Pour from Bruin Vintners.

Tell us about your Bruin winery vacation at magazine@support.ucla.edu

Bob Kelly '88 - Pacific Ridge Vineyards, Buellton

Winery phone: (805) 245-5198

Visit the www.pacificridgevineyards.com for more information

Mailing List/Wine Club: Register online.

Tours: Wine-tasting room is open Wednesdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Private tours available by request.

Wines: Artisan, New World-style wines including several versions of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Napa Valley. Bruins entitled to 20 percent discount.

Upcoming events: From August 14 through February 2011 at various area tasting rooms — Mark Robert Halper’s Sunlight and Water photography exhibit, featuring Bob Kelly and other Santa Barbara winemakers.

Marian McKnight '65 - Carmody McKnight Estate Winery, Paso Robles

Phone: (805) 238-9392, ext. 3

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Visit www.carmodymcknight.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Join online.

Tours: Contact winery.

Wines: Estate wines (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay), Motif wines (Cheval Rouge, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir), mélanges, dessert wines, olive oil.

Upcoming events: Check website.

Elise Faur '95 - Morgan Winery, Monterey

Phone: (831) 751-7777

Visit www.morganwinery.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Available online.

Tours: Tastings available at Taste Morgan daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at Carmel Crossroads Shopping Village, 204 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, CA 93923.

Phone: (831) 626-3700

Wines: Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Rosé. Upcoming events: Ongoing at Taste Morgan — Fromage Fridays (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Library Sundays (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

Check website for updates and other events.

Kimberly Pfendler '92 - Pfendler Vineyards, Petaluma

Phone: (707) 765-5997

Visit www.pfendlervineyards.com for more information.

Mailing List: Join online.

Tours: Available by appointment.

Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rosé of Pinot Noir.

Upcoming events: Kimberly Pfendler will be pouring Pfendler wine at Pinot Days San Francisco on June 27 at Fort Mason. On August 22, she’ll be pouring Pfendler wines at Tastings 2010, California Winemakers San Francisco at Fort Mason.

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The house at Spencer Vineyards, Oakville. Photo courtesy of Spencer Vineyards.

Gregory Spencer '01 - Spencer Vineyards, Oakville

Contact via e-mail: info@spencervineyards.com

Visit www.spencervineyards.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Not available.

Tours: Not available.

Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Garen Staglin '66 and Shari Staglin '66 - Staglin Family Vineyard, Rutherford

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The Staglin Family Villa, and the valley behind it. A new tasting room is now open in the vineyard's visitor center, and an aging tunnel lined with barrels leads to the beautiful old tasting room

Phone: (707) 963-3994

Visit www.staglinfamily.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Several available; see website for information.

Tours: By appointment only.

Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese.

Upcoming events: On Sept. 11, the 16th annual Staglin Music Festival for Mental Health will be held with Dwight Yoakam performing.

Beth Novak Milliken '83 - Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery, St. Helena

Phone: (707) 963-0134

Visit www.spottswoode.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Available online.

Tours: Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., $25. Space is limited, so book four to six weeks in advance.

Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhone.

Upcoming events: From June 3-5, Beth Milliken and Mary Novak chair the 30th annual Auction Napa Valley: The American Wine Classic.

Sean Foster, attended UCLA - Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena

Phone: (707) 963-7777

Visit www.merryvale.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Available online.

Tours: Tasting room open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Private tours, tastings and seminars are available by appointment: tastingroom@merryvale.com or (800) 326-6069, ext. 431.

Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, dessert wines.

Upcoming events: Ongoing — The Wine & Cheese Experience, Fridays through Sundays, March through December, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. $45 per person ($35 for Profile Club members); reservations are required. Call (707) 963-2225, ext. 431. Barrel tastings are held quarterly in March, June, September and December; $25 per person ($10 for Profile Club members). No reservations required.

Chris Costello '97 - Kosta Browne Winery, Sebastopol

Phone: (707) 823-7430

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Visit www.kostabrowne.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Available on website.

Tours: Not open to the public.

Wines: Pinot Noir.

Upcoming events: From June 27-29, the Second Annual Kosta Browne Pinot Retreat will be held.

Ben Sharp '99 - Captûre Wines, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 395-0457

Visit www.capturewines.com for more information.

Mailing List: Available online.

Tours: Not available.

Wines: Dark Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon. Upcoming events: A featured winery at SF Chefs 2010, from August 13-15. Check website for additional events.

Barbara Banke '75 - Kendall-Jackson, Healdsburg and Fulton

Phone: (800) 769-3649

Visit www.kj.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Available on website.

Tours: Various tours available at Kendall-Jackson Wine Center in Fulton. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: (707) 571-8100 or (866) 287-9818 for more information. Various wine-tasting options are available at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Tasting Room in Healdsburg, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: (707) 433-7102 for more information.

Wines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier, White Blends, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends, Zinfandel, dessert wines.

Upcoming events: On Sept. 11, the 14th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check website for updates and upcoming events.

Mario Rosati '68 - Rosati Family Winery, Hopland

Phone: (707) 894-3683

Visit www.rosatifamilywines.com for more information.

Mailing List: Available on website.

Tours: Not available.

Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Upcoming events: Check website.

Gavin Chanin '09 - Chanin Wine Company, Buellton

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Bottles from Chanin Wine Company. Photo by Gavin Chanin.

Phone: 818-631-2007

Visit www.chaninwine.com for more information.

Mailing List/Wine Club: Yes. Register online.

Tours/Events: Open house wine tasting/party held twice a year. Check website for details.

Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Marilyn Stolpman, BA in French '72, JD '76, and Tom Stolpman, BA in History '72 - Stolpman Vineyards, Los Olivos

Visit www.Stolpmanvinyeards.com for more information.

Tasting Room: 805-688-0400

Mailing List/Wine Club: Yes, join online.

Tours: Available by appointment.

Tasting Room: Located in historic downtown Los Olivos. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed some holidays.

Wines: Syrah (La Coppa Syrah, Estate Grown Syrah, Originals Syrah, Hilltops and Angeli), Sangiovese Grenache, Merlot (La Cuadrilla) and a blend of Sangiovse and Syrah (La Croce). White wines are made from Roussanne (L'Avion), Roussanne and Viognier (La Coppa Blanc) and Sauvignon Blanc. Rose also available.

Upcoming events: Aug. 14, "Dinner in the Vineyard;" Aug. 22, Stolpman Wine Dinner at The Ballard Inn; Oct. 10, Wine Club Pick-Up Party on vineyard.

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