Santa Cruz Good Times

Tuesday
Sep 02nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Ghost Tree Wines Merlot 2007 + Wine Events

wine_grapesBirthdays are always an occasion to dine out. Five of my women friends and I headed to The Greek restaurant on Front Street to celebrate a friend’s birthday. One friend in our group, who is Greek, knows the owner, Vasili Karagiannopoulos, so as soon as we were seated he started plying us with typical little appetizers – in true Greek hospitality style. Meantime, we had all ordered an entrée, so in less time than it takes to say yassou (hello in Greek), our table was weighted down with all kinds of good Greek food.

Although we ordered some Greek wine to go with the Hellenic fare, I had brought along a bottle of Ghost Tree Merlot, 2007 Santa Cruz Mountains. I thought it would be fun to try a taste of something local – even though nothing goes better with Greek food than the wine of this country. Greek wine production, by the way, has got better over the years. When I first went to live in Greece many moons ago – I was there for 13 years – the wine was not terribly exciting. But it has greatly improved and there are lots of good wines around in Greece nowadays. Mind you, after years of drinking the rough stuff – you can buy it by the kilo from barrels in tavernas – I actually acquired a taste for it, especially Retsina, the resin-flavored wine.

Ghost Tree wine is produced in Corralitos by Richard Alfaro, of Alfaro Family Vineyards, and his partner in various wine ventures, Joe Martin. When the two of them were growing up in the Monterey area, they used to hang out by an old tree, known as the Ghost Tree, so they named their wine after it. I bought it at New Leaf for about $10 – a bargain for a nice peppery brew with a good ruby hue.

Ghost Tree Wines, 420 Hames Road, Corralitos, 728-5172. ghosttreewine.com.


Wine Events

Silver Mountain Vineyards will be featuring its organic wine at a raw food event at Mint in Scotts Valley on Sunday, May 16 from noon to 3 p.m. Entitled “Fresh Start,” the workshop features food to cleanse, nourish and balance your body. It will be led by Robyn Boyd, author of “RawSome Recipes” and Melissa Mango, author of “Green Cuisine,” chef on GLiving TV, and an expert in the raw food world. Cost is $125, which includes making and eating a wide range of raw vegan recipes – paired with Silver Mountain wines. Call Robyn Boyd at 566-0500 to reserve a spot.

Corralitos Wine Trail: This very popular event will take place on Saturday, May 8 from noon to 5 p.m. at the following vineyards: Alfaro Family Vineyards; Nicholson Vineyards; Pleasant Valley Vineyards; Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery. Tickets are $40 for this music, food and wine event. What a nice way to start Mother’s Day weekend. Info: Corralitoswinetrail.com.

 

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

 

Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.