Curtis Stone’s Central Coast: Wine Tasting

Tucked up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Ridge Vineyards has been producing some of the state’s premier wines for over a century. Curtis Stone and his team dropped by to sample some of the varietals with Paul Draper, who was the head winemaker from the late 1960s until 2016. Having produced one of the Cabernet Sauvignon vintages that was sampled at the Judgement of Paris, Paul knows a thing or two about the region’s great food and wine.

From the winery, it’s only a short drive north to San Jose, and the culinary marvels (both old-fashioned and technologically new) of Silicon Valley. Otherwise, head south to check out the laid-back beachy vibes of Santa Cruz, where you can step out on the boardwalk, or find hidden shopping gems.