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by Fred McMillin
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Clos LaChance Winery
Due to the skyrocketing prices of Silicon Valley land and the rugged topography of the Santa Cruz Mountains, there are no large vineyards in our area. Our fenced-in vineyard ("clos" in French) is only about one acre....Co-founders Brenda and Bill Murphy
So how have the Murphys increased production this dramatically? Let's see.
The Rest of the Story
In 1996 the couple established the CK Vines company. Greg Mills (U.C.-Davis, etc.) provides the care and feeding of about twenty tiny vineyards in the area. He's working with 22 varietals (total of 60 clones) on 85 acres. One of them is a Merlot gem in a tiny viticultural area called San Ysidro, east of Gilroy. Critic Bob Thompson points out that "it sits in a low spot between two hills that channel cool sea air across its vineyards." and that's the source of our...
Wine of the Day
1997 Clos LaChance Merlot
Well, it sure does with Pinot Noir. Jeff's 1997
was selected Wine of the Year by the Golden Gate
Wine Society. Previous winners included the
revered Opus One...not bad company.
The winery name? The maiden name of Brenda Murphy's mother was LaChance.
08/14/00—Norton's Number One
08/11/00—Win with Wyndham
08/09/00—Stir the Lees, If You Please
08/08/00—A Shark Attack
08/07/00—From Spuds to Buds
08/04/00—High Noon At Continental Air
08/03/00—When Harveys Went Kablooey
08/02/00—A Beautiful Story
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