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September 20, 2011

Cin-Cin Wine Bar on Village Lane in Los Gatos (Silicon Valley)This week I have a Realtor friend from Buffalo, NY, Colleen Kulikowski, visiting with me, and it’s fun to both show her around and try some new spots out together. Yesterday I wanted to take Colleen to a local winery but Testarossa and Fleming-Jenkins were both closed (5pm on a Monday isn’t the usual wine tasting time, admittedly). Cin-Cin was open, though, and I’d never been there so it was a perfect opportunity to give it a spin. I was glad we did!

We arrived just a few minutes after 5 and it was clear that we weren’t the only ones with the same idea as three or four other groups all got there just before or after us. Seating was open in the bar area, though – and we only wanted a glass of wine and appetizers, so it worked out well to get a smaller table there.

As the hostess was seating the folks in front of us, I noticed a large cardboard box by the door which was a cork recycling recepticle. I’ve never seen one before but thought it was a great idea – perfect thing for a wine bar or wine tasting room! (Kudos!)

Colleen and I enjoyed some nibbles – the Broccolini Flatbread, which was sumptuous beyond all expectation – and admired the extensive menu (which includes gluten free options) while catching up. Cin-Cin was filling up fast, both in the bar and restaurant sections. That was surprising for a Monday night!

The wine selection was pretty good, but of course more limited by the glass. I would have loved it had they offered more local selections, since there are a lot of fantastic, locally produced wines in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino, San Jose and throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains (and my own hope was to have her try Silicon Valley labels). I looked for Cinnabar Chardonnay (one of my favorites) but had the chance to try something new which was also quite good, a Foley Chardonnay from the Santa Rita Hills area.

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with a visit to Cin-Cin. The food, wine, service and ambiance are all excellent.

Cin-Cin Wine Bar
368 Village Lane
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 354-8006