Since my very first visit, I’ve felt like there was something magical about the Santa Cruz Mountains. The magic’s not literal, of course; there’s simply an aura about the region. Maybe it has to do with the towering tree line or the cool freshness of the air. Perhaps the magical quality is not really something tangible. It could be more of a feeling, a spirit, or an energy that seems to call the mountains home. It just might be the call of Summit Sirens. I had to visit again and find out.

(Left to Right) Katy Lovell-Poetic Cellars, Christine Slatter-Hunter Hill, Lore James-Vine Hill Winery, Anne Moulton-Burrell School Vineyards, Amy Jill Kemp-Loma Prieta Winery

Now, if you’re thinking ancient Greek myths and ships crashing on the rocks, let me assure you, the Summit Sirens are nothing like the old legends. There’s nothing remotely sinister about this group of women. They’re warm, intelligent, humorous, and best of all, they have great wine to offer. Individually they are: Anne Moulton of Burrell School Vineyards, Christine Slatter of Hunter Hill Winery, Amy Jill Kemp of Loma Prieta Winery, Katy Lovell of Poetic Cellars, and Lore James of Vine Hill Winery. Together, the group represents the wineries of the Summit 2 Sea Wine Trail – hence, the nickname.

Even after only a brief amount of time with them, it’s clear. These women have a lot of collective energy, and they use it to make things happen. Listening to them “talk shop”, there is no shortage of ideas or inspiration. All of them are eager to share the little slice of the Santa Cruz Mountains they call home with anyone who stops by and to make sure the trip is not soon forgotten. It’s not a great challenge, really. The area is quite beautiful, and the Summit to Sea trail has an array of idyllic settings along it. From the tranquil gardens of Hunter Hill and Vine Hill to the mountain-top views of Burrell School and Loma Prieta, the scenery would be worth a visit even if there were no wineries. It’s simply a great bonus that there are, especially with the quality and diversity of the wine they make. The classic varietals of the region, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are impeccable. For the more advanced enthusiasts, there are some very good Rhone varietals and a few out of the ordinary red blends. There is also an evocative history of the region that dates back over 100 years. Just ask; there are plenty of stories.

So what is the Sirens’ call, really? After meeting them all, to try and put it into words, it’s the group’s collective energy and the amount of fun they have together. There are so many smiles, laughs, and life shared by this group of women, it’s nearly impossible not to be swept up in the spirit. Given the opportunity to meet them as a group, I would advise anyone not to pass it up. Even if a collective meeting isn’t in the cards, each group member can be visited at her respective winery along the trail. Each of the five stops and each of the five sirens add their own unique stamp to the collective. There’s even a chance for this dynamic group of Sirens to grow. With the right location and the right quality of wine, the Sirens would be open to a sixth member. Of course, she may have to pass a singing test first.

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