For all those that loved the ZAP festival last month, the Santa Cruz Mountain Winery Association is having their 2nd annual “Pinot in Paradise”. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2006. Many different wineries will be represented, inlcuding some that we have visited recently including Bonny Doon, Pelican Ranch, Thomas Fogarty, and Burrell School just to name a few. (if you have checked out these episodes yet, what are you waiting for?!)
This is an excellent opportunity to get close and personal with different styles of Pinot from the Santa Cruz Appelation. This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early and be sure that you tell them that ‘A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle’ sent you!
– The Guy
(Press release below)
Saturday and Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2006
Grand Cruz Tasting March 26 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga
Aptos, Calif., February 14, 2006 –Pinot noir lovers will once again have the opportunity to savor the unique quality and intensity of Santa Cruz Mountains pinot noir at the second annual Pinot Paradise. The festival will be held over two days this year: Saturday, March 25, will feature “Pathway to Pinot Paradise,” a self-guided tour of select Santa Cruz Mountains wineries who will be pouring barrel and samples of their latest pinots. The Grand Cruz Tasting and Technical Sessions will be held on Sunday, March 26 at the historic Mountain Winery in Saratoga. More than 30 wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation will pour their finest pinot noir at what is perhaps the “cradle of pinot noir” in North America. The historic Mountain Winery, originally home to the Paul Masson Winery, boasts the first planting of The Noble Grape on this continent. Accompanying the Grand Cruz tasting will be gourmet hors d’oeuvres from some of the best restaurants from San Jose to Santa Cruz. There will be ample room for all attendees to enjoy wine tasting, food sampling, and a silent auction featuring specially bottled magnums of pinot noir, not available at any other time.
Saturday’s Program: Pathway to Pinot Paradise
New this year, “Pathway to Pinot Paradise” will offer the public a chance to taste barrel samples of Pinot at participating wineries, as well as limited library wines at some locations. Tickets for this event will be $20 per person. This is a self-guided tour. For guided tour options, contact the SCMWA at 831-685-8463 or www.scmwa.com
Sunday’s Schedule, March 26, 2006
10am to 2pm- Technical Sessions. This program will offer in-depth seminars on the growing and making of pinot noir in this distinctive appellation. Featured guest Randall Graham of Bonny Doon Winery will address the topic: “Why is Pinot Noir called the fickle grape?” This will be followed by a panel discussion entitled “The Impact of Terroir—Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains.” Panelists will include Michael Martella of Michael Martella Wines and Thomas Fogarty, Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Prudy Foxx of the Viticulture Association of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and Jim Schultze of Windy Oaks Estate.
This will be followed by a session entitled “The parallels (or not) between Burgundy and the Santa Cruz Mountains,” featuring tastings from both regions.
A special Vineyard Tour will be conducted by Jeffrey Patterson (weather permitting), and will include a box lunch. Tickets are $50.
2pm to 4:30pm-The Grand Cruz Pinot Noir Tasting; open to the public. Tickets: $50 til March 1; $65/per person thereafter. Paradise Passes including Pathway to Paradise, Grand Cruz Tasting, and Technical Sessions, are $100 per person til March 1; $120 thereafter.
Reservations:Call: 831-685-8463 or www.scmwa.com or fax: 831-688-6961
Restaurants and specialty food purveyors will include Forbes Mill, Viva, Le Papillon, Sestri, Restaurant O, CB Hannegans, Grapevine Wine & Cheese, Michael’s on Main, Nonno’s, Il Fornaio, Casa Blanca, Crimson, Cocoa Bon, Bella Saratoga, Decadent Tastes, Carol Hall’s Hot Pepper Jelly Company and more!
Wineries will include Ahlgren Vineyard, Alfaro Vineyards, Aptos Creek Vineyard, Bargetto Winery, Beauregard Vineyards, Burrell School Vineyards & Winery, Byington Winery, Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery, Clos la Chance Wines, Clos Tita, Domenico Winery, Generosa, Hallcrest Vineyards, Heart O’ Mountain, Loma Prieta Winery, McHenry Vineyard, Mount Eden Vineyards, Muccigrosso Vineyards, Pelican Ranch Winery, Pichetti Winery, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards, Silver Mountain Vineyards, Sonnet Wine Cellars, Soquel Vineyards, Storrs Winery, Testarossa Vineyards, Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards, Trout Gulch Vineyards, Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards and Winery, and Woodside Vineyards.
About the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation
The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, established in 1981, was among the first viticultural areas in North America to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west. The elevation, marine influence, mountain terrain and distinctive soils all help make the Santa Cruz Mountains paradise for producing elegant, classic pinot noir in the Burgundian style. Vineyards planted here tend to be low-producing, yielding intensely concentrated fruit that makes wines of great complexity. Santa Cruz Mountains pinots characteristically feature many layers of fruit, earth, minerals and spice, all gracefully supported by an elegant core of persistent, food-friendly acidity.
For tickets and other information about Pinot Paradise, contact the SCMWA:
Phone: 831-685-8463 or www.scmwa.com or fax: 831-688-6961