Central Coastal California
Hecker Pass
The Redwood Mountain Road Garlic to Strawberries. Wine to Artichokes.
22 miles of uniquely California road links Silicon Valley 
with Monterey Peninsula.  Hwy 52 West rambles along side 
flower fields, nurseries, herb farms, wineries, up a mountain  
pass covered with redwoods. From  a ledge on the Santa Cruz
mountains the road descends to the Pajaro Valley and mouth
of the Salinas River. 
Along the Pass are a half dozen of family wineries, each with outstanding specialities. Fortino's Table Burgundy at Hecker Pass Winery, Merlot at Solis, and Chardonay at Sarah's are a few of the pleasing discoveries.
Goldsmith Seeds grabs the visual pallete in the eastern reaches of the Pass.

In a vast sea of thistles, sits the World Artichoke Center.

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