Perhaps you’ve driven over Highway 17 from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz and wondered about the large white building off to the left, perched on a knoll overlooking the valley and that same highway. That’s the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, now a retirement home for Jesuit priests and brothers (members of the Society of Jesus) for the provinces of California, Oregon, and Washington (now collectively known as “Jesuits West”). Many decades ago, it was the novitiate for the California province, meaning it’s where young men entered the order. Two of my uncles did just that. I am a fairly frequent visitor to this lovely place now, as one of my uncles has gone full circle and has retired where he first entered. Some of my old professors from Gonzaga University in Spokane are there, too, as well as Jesuits that I knew growing up in the area.
So today I wanted to share some photos with you, as many people living in Los Gatos would have no occasion to visit what my family still calls The Novitiate. However, Testarossa Winery is next door (at what used to be the Jesuit Winery), so many of my readers will have been close. Please enjoy the photos, which I took last Saturday while there to see my uncle.
June 21, 2010
Today we stopped by Testarossa Winery to do a little wine tasting. They were having a Father’s Day special whereby Dads didn’t have to pay for tasting (and, as always, if you buy something there’s a credit toward the wine you purchase). The “cave” and tasting room were pretty busy but it was not uncomfortably crowded. Extra nice for us was also bumping into some old friends who were tasting then too.
While there, I picked up a flyer about upcoming events at Testarossa. One of them caught my eye: a class entitled “Wine and Food 101”, which includes an introduction on pairing food and wine. This class will be offered on June 29 2010 and is limited to 24 Club Testarossa Members & their guests. The cost is $40 and reservations are mandatory. The website encourages those who are interested to contact them by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 408-354-6150 ext. 36.
Check the events link, above, for all upcoming events. Or visit their website at www.TestarossaWinery.com for even more information.
Testarossa Winery is situated at the location of the historic Jesuit Novitiate Winery at 300-A College Avenue
in Los Gatos (off Prospect & near Resevoir Road). Some of their wines carry the novitiate label, a nice reminder and tribute to when the Jesuits ran the winery.