Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Santa Cruz Mountains Vintners Festival

June is here, which means it's tine for the annual Vintners Festival. For the next two weekends many of the local wineries will be pouring their wines for you to taste. There are details here on the SCMWA web site.

If you're not sure which wineries to visit and want to minimise your driving then on the first weekend visit Santa Cruz and Soquel. In downtown Santa Cruz you'll find Equinox, Bartolo, Trout Gulch, Bonny Doon, Vino Tabi, Sones, Odonata, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and Pelican Ranch in close proximity, with Storrs not far away.

Aptos Creek, Cordon Creek, Heart O' The Mountain, Naumann and P*M Staiger will be at Michael’s on Main in downtown Soquel. Other nearby wineries include Poetic Cellars, Bargetto and Hunter Hill, while in nearby Aptos at the Seacliff Inn you'll find Domenico, River Run and Martin Ranch.

The following weekend it's the east side. In Saratoga you'll find Bonny Doon, Cordon Creek and Poetic Cellars at la Fondue, with Cinnabar, Cooper Garrod and Savannah Chanelle nearby. The Mountain Winery will probably be open too, though they aren't part of the festival.

In Los Gatos you will find Naumann pouring at Forbes Mill and Big Basin, Clos Tita and Roudon-Smith at Trevese. The Fleming Jenkins tasting room is nearby, as is the Novitiate winery, home of Testarossa. A little further afield is Black Ridge, while at Nonno’s Restaurant in Redwood Estates you can sample McHenry, Odonata, P*M Staiger, Pelican Ranch, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Sones and Storrs.

Also in downtown Los Gatos, the local history museum is presenting "From Vine to Wine: A History of Local Vintners". The exhibit doesn't officially open until July but will be previewed the weekend of the 13th and 14th.

Further north, you can find Heart O' The Mountain and Muccigrosso pouring at Domenico Winery in San Carlos, and King's Mountain and Michael Martella at the La Honda Winery in Redwood City. And while you're there, visit Thomas Fogarty, up on Skyline.

Wherever you decide to go, drive carefully and don't forget to spit.