Thursday, May 26, 2011
June 11 & 12 Easters Side of Santa Cruz Mountains
The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Vintners' Festival "A Taste of the Mountains" This years' Vintners' Festival will be held on two consecutive weekends. The first weekend, June 4th & 5the, the festival will be hosted at wineries and restaurants in Santa Cruz County. The second weekend, June 11th & 12th, the festival will be hosted at wineries and restaurants in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Wineries participating in the Vinters' Festival will be pouring from 11:00am to 5:00pm with restaurants closing at 4:00pm.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Saturday, May 21, from 3pm til 6pm.
Don your best bonnet and come out to enjoy the incomparable charm of Saratoga Village on a spectacular spring day!
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the unique shops and restaurants of downtown Saratoga, while sipping wines from 18 local wineries, many of whom may be new to you: Big Basin Vineyards, Dancing Creek, Jazz Cellars, House Family Winery, Generosa, King’s Mountain Vineyard, Loma Prieta Winery, MJA Vineyards, Naumann Vineyards, SKOV, Stefania, and Villa del Monte. Bid on unique magnums and wine lots from Cinnabar Winery, Burrell School, Cooper-Garrod, Guglielmo, Mountain Winery, Savanah-Chanelle, Stefania, and Poetic Cellars.
Feast your eyes on art, jewelry and painting demonstrations. Groove to live music by The ONES, Rodrigo Teague and Asher Stern. Indulge in gourmet food by Tabitha and T3, including outrageous jams and sinfully rich chocolates. Treat yourself to a flirty new hat from Black Cat Hat. Dress up any outfit with a colorful corsage from Floral Fantasia. Score some new eyeshades or a roomful of new window shades.
Linger afterwards and dine at one of our world-class restaurants, many of which will offer special dining incentives, including 10% off, exclusively for Stroll patrons that evening.
Tickets will sell out quickly! $35 in advance, $40 day of (if available)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
When: Sunday May 22nd, 6pm
Where: Twist Bistro, 245 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell
Starters: Twist Salad or Onion Soup or Eggs Poached in pinot noir
Main Choices: Tri-tip or Catch of the Day or Chef Dominiques Vegetarian plate
Sweets: Chocolate Mousse or Espresso ice cream or Cheese platter
Paul and Stefania will pour wine from the current release and spend as much or as little time as you like talking about anything and everything.
Members: $60/per person
NonMembers: $70/per person
Cost is all inclusive (food/wine/tax/gratuity)
Checks and menu choices need to be posted no later than Saturday, May 14th
email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the payment mailing address
Thursday, March 31, 2011
2006 Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch. - This is in a really good drinking window right now. The tannins are soft and lots of secondary flavors coming through with the plum and berry fruit. Originally I put a shorter drinking window on this and I think now to 2013 is prime for this wine.
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Uvas Creek Vineyard - The was also really good last night, with round tannins, lots of berry and cherry fruit and a long finish. Worth trying at 5 years old and rounding out really well. There's a nice spice on he finish.
I'm going to open a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Uvas Creek soon. The 05 and 06 both went through rough patches from age 3 1/2 to 4 when they seemed disjointed without a long decant. The 07 has been the same for a few months now and I want to check if it's coming out of that.
Monday, January 10, 2011
As I was perusing the titles and the recipes and casually thumbing through it, I came across this poem by Miriam Allen deFord on page 108.
Young Dionysus ranged the earth
To teach the sons of man
A magic of surprising worth --
And vineyards thus began
Now, drainers of the grape-born cup,
Remember him, your guide,
And toast him as you gaily sup
At this glad Christmastide.
And as the old year sinks to rest,
Praise him in draughts of wine
Who gave to all mankind his best --
The secret of the vine!
To a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!