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Equinox Wine

Equinox Wine

Sparkling Wine  

As we plan our holiday festivities, most of us have Champagne on our shopping list. After all, there’s nothing that compares to a fine glass of bubbly to celebrate the festive season. An excellent Champagne (or sparkling wine as it has to be called if it is made outside of the Champagne region of France) is made right here in town by expert winemaker Barry Jackson of Equinox Wine.

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Cleared For Takeoff

Cleared For Takeoff

At Props, you’ll find American and international flavors, whether you’re ready to snack or dine

Familiar faces from Santa Cruz’s downtown restaurant scene have landed at the Watsonville Airport, opening Props Restaurant and Lounge serving “classic American cuisine with a modern flair.”

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

The ingredients were simple and real, but the results were extraordinary. Sweetened egg custard, vanilla, cream and half and half were placed in a canister surrounded by rock salt and ice.

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Vine & Dine

Vine & Dine

Places to sip wine around the Thanksgiving holiday

Good Libations
Many people take a few extra days off work over Thanksgiving in order to add on to what is, for most, a four-day holiday. This is a perfect opportunity to visit restaurants, wine bars and wineries–and head to a few places you haven’t tried before. Here are some suggestions of where to find some tasty eats and good libations:

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A New Light

A New Light

Cooking from scratch with local and unique ingredients ensures Solaire a bright future

I once went to the Holiday Inn on Ocean Street to research an article on their food, and what I found was nothing to write home (or to you) about. There was kind of a bar, manned by a staff member who kind of knew how to make a few drinks, and some edible appetizers. The recent remodel of that space, in what is now Hotel Paradox, is miraculous and the food that comes from its kitchen, not only is based on local and organic products, but is also decisively creative with numerous house-made surprises.

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McIntyre Vineyards

McIntyre Vineyards

Merlot 2010

When my husband and I attend events in the Monterey and Carmel areas, we often stay over at the Hyatt Monterey. It’s conveniently located just off Highway 1 and the facilities are top notch.

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Spice is Right

Spice is Right

You’ll fall for the fresh produce and heritage spices at Thai Heart

We visited some associates who own a store in the same King’s Village Shopping Center in which Thai Heart rests and they had told friends that before trying the restaurant, they didn’t like Thai food. The friends explained it was because they had never eaten good Thai food. I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed great Thai dishes, and have to agree that the meals from Nattawut Yimsamram and Siriporn Kitphongsri are very good indeed.

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Sip, Surf, and Refuel

Sip, Surf, and Refuel

Rebecca’s at the Tannery might be hard to find at the far end of the Tannery Arts Center complex, but the combination of healthful meals and sinful desserts is worth the search.

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House Family Winery

House Family Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Located on a 73-acre compound above Saratoga is House Family Winery. This family-owned-and-operated business makes all its wine from grapes grown in their Old Oak Vineyard on their extensive property.

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Country Hospitality

Country Hospitality

The Trout Farm Inn still sets the stage for food and fun

At the Trout Farm Inn, I can sit at the bar, where locals swap stories watching a football game, at a bright poolside window, at well-weathered tables in the fresh air, or in the romantic, dimly lit back room which offers idyllic views of the creek and the neighbor’s pond. From this pond, built in 1903 and likely California’s first hatchery, come the restaurant’s trout dinners.

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Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 25

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

The Maestra Returns

Cabrillo Festival’s Marin Alsop is back to ‘rock the boat of tradition’
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Time is Ripe

Local fruit harvests hit markets, Storrs Winery celebrates ‘Best White’, and a salt fix from heaven

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Hunter Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Smooth with soft tannins, this velvety crimson Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is delicious and very drinkable.