Santa Cruz Good Times

Saturday
Mar 28th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Sones Cellars Zinfandel 2007 Plus Upcoming Wine Events

wineWhat goes really well with meat and zesty barbecue? The answer is Zinfandel. This spicy, jammy wine is a fine match with just about anything barbecued or grilled and it’s also fabulous with pizza.

As my husband and I head over to Aptos St. BBQ one Saturday night, we grab a bottle of Sones Cellars Zinfandel, Central Coast ($26 from DeLuxe Foods of Aptos). Friends kept telling me how good the barbecue place is, so we had to try it. Being very familiar with Sones Cellars’ wines, I knew we would have no problem enjoying the Zin. Thanks to the expertise of winemaker Michael Sones, it’s a sure thing that the full-throttle flavor of a good Zin will be captured in every bottle.

I’m a great believer in sharing wine. After all, the sharing of food and wine with other people is one of the joys of life. When wine_soneswithbarrellAptos St. BBQ owner Larry Ingram opened up our bottle of Zinfandel, I gave him a glass to try. Not surprisingly, he loved it. It turns out that Larry and his brother Franz are both very fond of good wine, and although the family’s restaurant is very casual, they are looking at getting some good local wines to go along with their delicious barbecued meats. Meanwhile, they carry quite a few wines, beers and other drinks to slake one’s thirst.

But back to the sinful Zin. Winemaker Sones says that this classic Zinfandel is made from some of their favorite grapes – sourced from Central California – with briary cherry aromas and flavors, along with warm spices. All I can add is that this well-balanced and approachable Zin is the perfect libation to go with a plateful of mouthwatering barbecue.

Sones Cellars, 334B Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, 420-1552. sonescellars.com. Winetasting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Surf City Vintners complex. Aptos St. BBQ, 8059 Aptos St., Aptos, 662-1721. aptosstbbq.com.

 


Wine Events

Vintners’ Festival: ’Tis the time for the annual Vintners’ Festival – to be held on two consecutive weekends. June 5 & 6 is the Western side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, so that includes Santa Cruz County. Many wineries will be pouring at local restaurants, and participants are encouraged to take a self-guided tour. Enjoy barrel tasting, music, art and food – and meet the winemakers along the way. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Info: 685-8463 or scmwa.com.

Alfaro Family Vineyards Winemaker’s Dinner at Ma Maison with Richard & Mary Kay Alfaro: Chef Lionel LeMorvan will prepare a special four-course dinner to be paired with the superb wines of Richard Alfaro. Friday, May 28 at 6 p.m. Ma Maison Restaurant, 9051 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-5566. Cost: $65 (excluding tax and tip.)

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Best of Santa Cruz 2015

In 40 years of publishing, Good Times has seen a lot of “bests.”

 

Spring Triangle: Three Spring Festivals—Aries, Taurus, Gemini

The Spring signs Aries, Taurus and Gemini constitute a triangle of force that sets the template for the nine signs that follow and the template for the entire year (Spring 2015 - Spring 2016) ahead. Aries initiates new ideas, Taurus stabilizes the new thinking of Aries and Gemini takes the initiating stabilized ideas of Aries/Taurus and disperses them to all of humanity. It is in this way that humanity learns new things, with the help of Mercury, the messenger. As Spring unfolds, three elements emerge: the Fire of Aries (initiating new ideas), the Earth of Taurus (anchoring the ideas of God through Mercury) and the Air of communicating Gemini. These three signs/elements are the Three Spring Festivals. They are the “triangle of force” forming the template (patterns) of energy for the upcoming new year. After these three we then have the soothing, calming, warming, nurturing and tending waters of the mother (Cancer). Cancer initiates our next season under the hot suns of summer. Planets, stars and signs create the Temple of Light directing humanity towards all things new. March 29 is Palm Sunday, when the Christ, World Teacher, was led into Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (humility). Palms waving above His head, signified recognition of the Christ’s divinity. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before the Easter (Resurrection Festival). Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the week of capture, imprisonment, passion, sacrifice, crucifixion, death and resurrection of the christ. All events in the Christ’s life represent events (initiations) that humanity experiences through many lifetimes. We turn our attention to these holy events this week. Their concepts portray and reveal to us greater spiritual understanding. Then, Aries, the “light of life itself” shines through us.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Editor's Picks

BEST NIGHT CAP WARSAW MULE AT SHADOWBROOK
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Spring Spirits

Sean Venus’ gin straight up, remembering Rosa’s and a tasting of Hungarian wines

 

What’s your favorite most recent outdoor discovery in Santa Cruz?

A hike that’s across from Waddell Beach. I didn’t realize you could go across the highway and do a super simple loop, and it’s beautiful. You can see the coastline. Liz Porter, Santa Cruz, Community Outreach

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Muscat 2012

 

Front Street Kitchen

Pop-up spot attracts paleo crowd with locally sourced low-carb meals