Five reasons to spend Memorial Day weekend at SF Peninsula wineries

Photo by Constanza Brunner Halpern

Still looking for that perfect way to combine outdoors, food, drink and family for the holiday weekend? Thankfully the Peninsula and the Santa Cruz mountains are stocked with excellent wineries that boast awesome views, top chefs and ambience galore. And they’re all right here.

All-you-can-eat-and-drink BBQ at Domenico’s (San Carlos)

Celebrate Domenico’s 16th annual Memorial Day with a roast pig and plenty of sides to complement. Chicken skewers, drunken Italian sausage, mac and cheese with prosciutto and arugula — can you say “meat heaven?”

Domenicowinery.com // Sunday, May 28th, 1–4 p.m. // 1697 Industrial Road, San Carlos // Members: $40 adults, $25 kids (6–20); General public: $60 adults, $35 kids; Kids five and under: Free

Play bocce and chess while sipping at Loma Prieta (Los Gatos)

Nothing fancier than sipping wine while playing bocce ball. Get your game on at Loma Prieta Winery this weekend with $10 for a five wine flight (tasting fee refundable with bottle purchase) and outdoor seating and a view of the Santa Cruz coastline. Customers are encouraged to bring their own lunches to enjoy in the picnic area. Challenge your family to a friendly game of bocce ball, chess or checkers with the giant game board. Special sales for the holiday include the 2014 Sparkling Pinotage for $40 and 2013 Roussanne for $27.

Lomaprietawinery.com // Monday, May 29th, 12–5 p.m. // 26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos // $10 per person

Photo by Michelle Le

Taste wood-fired pizza at Regale Winery (Los Gatos)

You haven’t had real pizza if you’ve never had it straight from a wood-fired oven. If you want a low-key Memorial Day celebration with less crowds, come to Regale Winery and get the best wine pairing you’ll ever have. Enjoy fresh flatbreads and pizzas made by local chefs in their own wood-fired pizza oven (fueled by their estate’s oak cuttings) with seasonal summer wines and a gorgeous garden view. Walk-ins are welcome for smaller parties but reservations are required for groups larger than nine.

Regalewine.com // Sunday, May 28, 12–4 p.m. // 24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos // $10 per person //

Kick off wine tasting season at Woodside Vineyards (Menlo Park)

Cars, wine and pizza. Sample current spring releases and authentic Neapolitan style pizza in a unique tasting room that just so happens to share the same location as AutoVino’s showroom of rare cars. Now that’s classy. Discounted prices on the 2012 Estate Chardonnay and the 2012 Pinot Noir. Registration required (but it’s free!). Woodsidevineyards.com // Saturday — Monday, May 27–29, 12–4 p.m. // 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park // Free

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