CRU Winery's tasting room in Monterey County is located at 37500 Foothill Road in Soledad. (Contributed)

SOLEDAD — CRU Winery will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with special tastings, wine dinners and a commemorative 20th anniversary bottling.

Wine lovers can take part in CRU Winery’s 20th anniversary tastings at its Santa Lucia Highlands (Soledad) and Central Valley (Madera) tasting rooms Sept. 9-10. These tastings will highlight the unique vineyards and regions on the Central Coast that CRU Winery sources from and will showcase wines rarely included on their tasting menus. 

In addition, the tastings will include a sneak peek of its highly anticipated Regan Vineyards Pinot Noir, which will be released in 2024.

CRU Winery is also celebrating the 20th anniversary beyond its tasting rooms with a series of wine dinners hosted at fine restaurants throughout California. The wine dinners kicked off in the spring and summer with specially paired dinners at Rainbird (Merced), Legends (Selma), Ula (San Francisco), Café Tiramisu (San Francisco) and will continue into the fall and winter at Fritto Misto (Hermosa Beach), Café Zack (Ventura), Sunset Hills Country Club (Thousand Oaks) and more.

To further commemorate its anniversary, CRU Winery bottled a limited number of 20th anniversary magnums of its signature SLH Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Winemaker Jose Reyes handpicked the Smith and Lindley vineyard for this bottling to pay homage to CRU Winery’s history and longstanding relationship with the Smith Family that farms this impressive vineyard near Soledad.

CRU Winery was founded in 2003 on the love of good wine and friendship. For many years the modest winery only produced enough cases to be shared locally. They crafted wines from throughout California trying various appellations and ultimately landed on the Central Coast as the best location for its premium wine production.

As CRU Winery began receiving awards and recognition from the wine industry, they knew it was time to share the secret. Today, CRU Winery crafts wines from prestigious vineyards throughout the Central Coast, is distributed nationally and in select international markets and has tasting rooms in Monterey County and the Central Valley.

To book a 20th anniversary tasting or browse upcoming wine dinners, visit

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