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Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growers Association
June 4 & 5 / 11 & 12, 2005
Vintners' Festival: A Taste of the Mountains
The Santa Cruz Mountain region
has won acclaim for their local wineries since the 1800’s, now there are over
forty, small, family-owned wineries in the region that are a part of the SCMWA.
This was a two-weekend event of which the Addicts and a few friends &
family members attended on Saturday, June 11th. The attractions
included tasting of special wines, an array of nibbles provided by
participating restaurants, music, art exhibits, winery tours and some barrel
tasting. It was a great opportunity to taste and/or purchase regional wines
that we found enjoyable from Santa Cruz, as unlike Napa the
wineries are not all located in one area.
The cost is $20 in advance
or $25 if you purchase your admission at one of the participating restaurants
or wineries. The event hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with restaurants closing at 4
was pouring their selection
of wines at Theo’s restaurant, which has a beautiful garden to admire while you
are tasting. They offer many varietals, and on this
warm day the Chardonnay tasted very nice which is something coming from a gal that favors the red.
Hunter Hill Winery
is a little gem
located on a sun filled hillside in Soquel. This is always a favorite, as the
owners & staff are very friendly and hospitable, they do a mean barbeque,
and they have a few wines that are very good. They are known for their Pinots,
which have received medals at various competitions. The Old Vine Zinfandel is
quite nice, not too much pepper. We have yet to try their 2003 Estate Reserve
Syrah, so we will have to get down there again this year! While you are there,
look for the dog’s face in the wood at the tasting bar.
After the day’s wine tasting, we relaxed at a friends nearby beach house and looked a
little worse for wear on a long drinking day.
Participating Restaurants We Visited
Michael's on Main
2591 Main Street
3101 N. Main Street