Despite being flush with cash and surrounded by pioneering wineries like J. Lohr, Mount Eden and Ridge, Silicon Valley has never been considered particularly wine-savvy. There are splashy hotels, great outdoor attractions and entertainment options from pro football, hockey and soccer to top-flight concerts, but the beverage scene has markedly lacked luster compared to the other expansive offerings of the tech-driven cultural hub.\r\n\r\nThankfully, however, things are slowly changing, as Silicon Valley begins to embrace gourmet restaurants that have expertly curated beverage programs.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s no real epicenter to the loosely defined region that stretches roughly from San Jose north along the San Francisco Bay into San Mateo County. Many of the most interesting restaurants and wine-tasting experiences are huddled along the leafy downtown streets of small suburban cities like Saratoga, Mountain View and Palo Alto, while there\u2019s also a handful of estate wineries perched atop the Santa Cruz Mountains.\r\n\r\nHere\u2019s a geographically organized rundown of how to make the most of your wine-and-food-fueled trip.\r\n\r\n\r\nPoints Southwest\r\nAwarded three Michelin stars each of the last four years, Manresa in Los Gatos is considered one of the world\u2019s best restaurants. Chef David Kinch\u2019s tasting menu comprises 14 courses, give or take, served with top-tier global wines selected by the wine director, Jim Rollston, MS. It\u2019s an unending revelation of texture and technique, from dishes like iced geoduck with Champagne to veal sweetbreads with Vosne-Roman\u00e9e. Unlike many star chefs, Kinch still cooks in his kitchen, though he may emerge sporadically to lay foam on your next course.\r\n\r\nHis empire has also expanded into more casual expressions like Manresa Bread in downtown Campbell. Here, the savory egg sandwich showcases beloved Benton\u2019s bacon, and the avocado toast has been known to be topped with chestnut chips or tarragon. Mentone, a new restaurant from Kinch in the seaside Santa Cruz County town of Aptos, is scheduled to open later this year.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the mountains above, in Los Gatos, Testarossa Winery pours single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays inside the old Novitiate Winery. Jesuit priests started to produce wine here in 1888, and their historical photographs line the stone walls.\r\n\r\nIn the adjacent city of Saratoga, the Plumed Horse stands as the region\u2019s fine-dining veteran. Up the street is a collection of wine tasting rooms worth checking out, including Big Basin Vineyards, Cinnabar Winery Tasting Room and Savannah-\u00adChanelle Vineyards.\r\n\r\n\r\nSan Jose\r\nCalifornia\u2019s third most populous city upped its culinary commitment with the 2002 opening of Santana Row. A mixed-use development, you can find a Tequila bar, raw bar, Parisian brasserie, stylish Chinese-influenced cuisine, gourmet Indian food, California bistro, Vintage Wine Bar and Hotel Valencia\u2019s dimly lit Vbar bar all within two blocks.\r\n\r\nAbout three miles away is the J. Lohr San Jose Wine Center, in the original winery of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, which established the property on part of the old Falstaff Brewery in 1974. Though the tasting room is popular, many locals don\u2019t know it exists. \u201cEven after 40 years, we\u2019re still the hidden gem of downtown San Jose,\u201d says Steve Lohr, CEO and chairman of the firm.\r\n\r\nFor Old World wines, head to Little Italy\u2019s Enoteca La Storia. Third-generation San Jose native Michael Guerra curates an expansive list of bottles from Venice to Puglia to pair with an assortment of appetizers and entr\u00e9es. The restaurant also has a location in Los Gatos.\r\n\r\nAcross town, Adega gives traditional Portuguese cuisine the haute treatment, thanks to Chefs/Owners Jessica Carreira and David Costa. Carreira\u2019s parents, who are also co-owners of the restaurant, have imported wine from their homeland for decades. Dishes like red mullet with cauliflower three ways; seared venison with yam pur\u00e9e, roasted wild mushroom and quince; and pistachio bushes with hazelnut mud and chocolate rocks are paired with superb selections of Portuguese white, red, ros\u00e9 and fortified wines.\r\n\r\n\r\nMonte Bello & Palo Alto\r\nTo explore the Santa Cruz Mountains properly, brave the winding roads to take in endless views that span from the Pacific Ocean to the entire Bay Area. That\u2019s where Ridge Vineyards has made head-turning wines since 1962, like the Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon that wowed the world at the historic 1976 \u201cJudgment of Paris\u201d tasting. Its Monte Bello tasting room, open by appointment and on weekends, offers multiple flights that showcase American oak-aged Zinfandel, Chardonnay and more.\r\n\r\nBack down the slopes is Mountain View, whose quaint downtown\u2019s wine-focused offerings received a major boost from last year\u2019s opening of Le Plonc Wine Bar. Exciting, varying options like orange wine from Oregon, Sicilian Frappato and Alsace Sylvaner go great alongside the shared plates menu of p\u00e2t\u00e9s, tartines, cheese and more.\r\n\r\nNext door is Palo Alto, home to Stanford University and tech titans. At Prot\u00e9g\u00e9, Chef Anthony Secviar and Dennis Kelly, MS, both alums of The French Laundry, serve otherworldly pairings like brilliant cocktails alongside kampachi fish \u2019n\u2019 chips, Cru Beaujolais with caviar-topped crab salad and Rioja with black walnut-crusted lamb loin. A hard table to land, it shows that high-tech culture is ready for high-class restaurants.\r\n\r\nGreek delicacies are the game at Evvia Estiatorio. Wash down pan-fried kefalotyri cheese with crisp Moschofilero, and enjoy lamb souvlaki skewers with a glass of Peloponnesian red.\r\n\r\n\r\nPoints North & Skyline Drive\r\nThe Village Pub in Woodside has been elevating eating and drinking south of San Francisco since its debut in 2001. It serves contemporary Californian cuisine matched with a deep wine list. Across the street, the owners recently opened The Village Bakery, a more relaxed, yet still upscale experience complete with an array of beverage offerings.\r\n\r\nUp the mountain on Skyline Drive is Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards, where its winemaker, Nathan Kandler, crafts some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from about 30 acres of mountaintop vines. The tasting room also offers rotating limited-edition wines, like skin-contact Chardonnay or acid-focused, Aussie-style S\u00e9millon that you can\u2019t find elsewhere.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn downtown San Mateo, Pausa Bar & Cookery brings big-city vibes with creative cocktails like the Fico d\u2019India (mezcal, Opuntia prickly pear, tamarind, agave, lime and a Tajin rim), an Italy dominated wine list and inventive pizza, pasta and entr\u00e9es.\r\n\r\nSan Carlos boasts an urban wine and beer scene in its warehouse district down by the tidal flats. Families converge to patronize food trucks and take in live music every Friday at Devil\u2019s Canyon Brewing Company. Just down the street are tasting rooms for small wineries like Flying Suitcase Wines, Cuv\u00e9e Wine Cellars, Domenico Winery and Russian Ridge Winery.\r\nDiscover more about how science is leading drinks into the future in our Wine & Tech issue.