A Labor of Love  
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Claude and Evelyn Solanas always had an appreciation for food and the combination of food and wine. Moving out to Northern California in 1972 with their young family, they settled in the San Jose Bay Area. Escaping the “crowds” early, they nestled into the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in a small area called Paradise Valley. Aptly named, it is a gorgeous respite from the “crowds” and thankfully very suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.