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Kelly Been
May 24, 2017 | Kelly Been

Great Neighborhood Wineries in Gilroy


Santa Clara Valley the Up and Coming Wine Region You Should Visit


Hidden amongst Napa Valley and Paso Robles, Santa Clara Valley is a short drive from the tech central Silicon Valley. Now is the time to visit these Family Owned Wineries complete with views of the surrounding Valley hills.
Unlike Napa Valley, whose made a name for themselves internationally, Santa Clara Valley is just beginning to bloom. Daily tastings are available at most of the wineries, always check before bringing children or pets



The focus in this dry and sun-baked valley is on reds, from Gugliemo's 2013 Barbera to Fortino's 2014 Carignon the diversity in the wine making and varietals creates a unique tasting experience. But don’t fret white wine lovers over the summit of hecker pass the cooler climate provides this Valley with an amazing selection of white grapes. Sycamore Creek Winery has a crsip 2014 Viognier while Lion Ranch Winery has an estate grown 2014 Grenache Blanc and even here at Sunlit Oaks Winery our 2014 Moscato and light and refreashing.  

You may just discover the true origins of California’s Wild West, Wine Makers here love to take risks and stray away from traditional.


So plan a trip to Sunny Northern California and discover something new! 

The Best Way to Explore the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley - Is by taking in the natural beauty and Award Winning Wines of Santa Clara Valley’s Wine Trail. 
Just look for the Signs!





Time Posted: May 24, 2017 at 2:07 PM
Kelly Been
April 11, 2017 | Kelly Been

Hello Bud Break



Hello Bud Break, 

One of our favorite parts of Spring is the start of the grape growing season. Learn More here about our vineyard practices, we are looking to promote organic methods to protect our young vines. 

Now that pruning is done, growers and vineyard managers are making critical decisions about protecting their vineyards from wet winters. Wet winter weather always brings a concern of “Eutypa Dieback” (Dead-arm, grape canker) and how best to manage the risk in vineyards.

The good news is that there are some passive methods to help reduce infection. Here at Sunlit Oaks we use “wound paint” to cover pruned areas of the vines. This will prevent infection of pruning wounds when rain is predicted after pruning. 

These is a sustainable way to promote vineyard growth and protection of future vines, while reducing the use of pesticides. We are looking to promote cooperation not competition in our vineyards.


Time Posted: Apr 11, 2017 at 12:06 PM
Kelly Been
February 14, 2017 | Kelly Been

Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Map


"Silicon Valley" - it's easy to forget this area's role as California's first premium wine production region - the Santa Clara Valley. Native Americans named it "the Valley of the Heart's Delight." French and Italian immigrants who settled here during the Gold Rush era recognized the rich soils and Mediteranean climate as the perfect New World home for their European grape varietals.  And so it begins. 

Santa Clara Valley Wines

Take a step back in time to a more relaxed era. Visiting our historic wineries is to leave the Computer Age behind. The person pouring for you in our Tasting Rooms may very well be the winemaker!  When you are on vacation or business, please be sure to visit our conveniently situated wineries throughout the Valley. Daily tasting is available at most of our wineries. Many offer tours, special festivals, concerts and dinners. Several are available for picture-perfect private parties, corporate events, and weddings.


Time Posted: Feb 14, 2017 at 5:05 PM
Kelly Been
February 9, 2017 | Kelly Been

Clam Chowder Lightened Up

Whats better than thick creamy clam chowder, pairing it with Sunlit Oaks 2012 Chardonnay. We choose to Lighten up this Chowder with milk instead of cream and blending part of the soup will help thicken it up.


2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp flour
1 large white onion, chopped fine
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 cups 2% milk
1 cup fat free vegetable broth 
2 (10 oz) cans clams, drained, juice reserved
2 bay leaves
1 tsp thyme
2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
kosher salt and fresh pepper
1 cup fresh corn


In a large pot, melt butter .Yum. and add onions. Then put on low heat until onions are translucent. Add flour and milk then stir. Add vegetable broth, clam juice, potatoes, bay leaf, thyme and salt & pepper. 

Cook on medium-low until potatoes are soft, about 10-15 minutes. Remove half of the soup and bay leaves and blend it. (optional) Return to pot and add clams and corn. Feel free to adjust salt if needed and cook another 5 minutes.

Serve and garnish with fresh parsley. Add Bread Bowl for that WOW factor or garish with salted crackers. 

Clam Chowder

Time Posted: Feb 9, 2017 at 12:01 PM
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