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Paradise Valley Vineyards Seeker Vineyards Lion Ranch Vineyards and Winery Claude and Evelyn Solanas are New Orleans transplants who settled in the Bay Area and turned their passion for food and wine into a business. Their Morgan Hill winery takes its namesake from the locale of their vineyard, Paradise Valley, tucked away at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where they grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasting opportunities are available at Hiram Morgan Hill House on selected weekends. The Seeker family opened their winery at the base of San Martin’s bucolic foothills, just south of CordeValle. Roses hold a special significance for the family as can be seen from the signature image on their Cabernet, Rose, Chardonnay, and Syrah bottles. The Seekers also intend to produce more than just wine with the upcoming releases of their own olive oil and an Indian Pale Ale (beer). Kim and Todd Engelhardt opened Lion Ranch Vineyard and Winery in San Martin. They were inspired by their travels in the south of France and brought some of that winemaking tradition home with them to the Bay Area.  They have incorporated biodynam- ic growing practices, such as avoiding chemi- cals and pesticides, into their growing process. The Engelhardts intend to expand their vine- yard and winery to include red varietals. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 gmhtoday.com 95