Santa Cruz Good Times

Dec 01st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards

Dining_ThomasFogartyCabernet Franc and Fish and Chips
My little British group of women holds a get-together once a month and the hostess usually makes dinner. Joanna always makes typical English grub such as shepherd’s pie and hearty stews, so I was a bit surprised to find she hadn’t actually cooked this time. Instead, she had gone to the Britannia Arms in Aptos and bought everybody fish and chips – a sure-fire hit for any Brit.

With beef stew and other such concoctions in mind, I had thought a bold Thomas Fogarty Cabernet Franc (on a cold night, to boot) would be just the ticket. I have always enjoyed the wines of Thomas Fogarty Winery and imagined that this particular Cab – a 2006 Santa Cruz Mountains priced at $30 – would go well with whatever Joanna had cooked. But I wasn’t expecting fish and chips!

Nevertheless, I opened it up for everybody to try – and nobody complained. In fact several thought it went well with the moist, battered fish. Although it says on the Cab’s label that a Cab Franc “lends itself to a variety of cuisines,” I’m sure the winemaking team of Michael Martella and Nathan Kandler did not have fish and chips in mind. But let’s face it, if the wine is good and you’re enjoying it with the food you’re eating, well, that’s all that matters. Pairing wine with the right food can often get too involved – especially when it says on the label “Pairs well with venison, wild boar, rabbit and caviar.” I mean, how often do we actually eat these delicacies? 
I have always enjoyed the wines of Thomas Fogarty – a professor of surgery at Stanford University who has a passion for making ultra-premium wine. He found expert winemaker Martella and brought him on board when the winery started in 1981, and it has been a very successful partnership. The 2006 Cab Franc is blended with a small percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as well – adding to the aromatic complexity and the luscious flavors of dark red fruit and savory herbs.

So we all drank the Cab Franc, plus a white wine I had taken as well, relished the delicious fish and chips, and finished off with cups of hot tea – in true British style. Enough said!

Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards, 19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. Tel: (650) 851-6777. Open for wine tasting Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tasting fee is $8 and $12, but complimentary on Wednesdays.

Wine News at Johnny’s Harborside: Every time you buy a glass or bottle of Rodney Strong wine from now until Jan. 1, 2011, Johnny’s will donate a portion of their sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. Also, there will be a Rodney Strong Wine Dinner held at Johnny’s on Thursday, Nov. 11.
Johnny’s Harborside, 493 Lake Ave., Santa Cruz. 479-3430.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger


Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share


Santa Cruz Gives

A look at the organizations we’re asking you to support in our new holiday giving campaign


Gratitude—For Each New Morning With its Light

The full moon of Wednesday brings light to Thanksgiving (Thursday) under the Sagittarius Sun and Mercury. Mercury in Sag offers humanity the message (Mercury) of thankfulness and joy (Jupiter). No other sign represents food, music and joy better than Sagittarius (only Pisces, when not in despair). Beginning on Thanksgiving, we can list what we’re grateful for. Then we can continue the list, creating a daily Gratitude Journal. What we are grateful for always increases in our lives. On Thanksgiving Saturn/Neptune square (challenging) is in full effect. This can manifest as traditions not being honored, disappearing, falling away. It can also create a sense of sadness, confusion, of things not working out as planned. It’s best to be as simple as possible. And to focus on gratitude instead. Gratitude is a service to others. It is scientifically and occultly a releasing agent. Releasing us from the past, allowing our future—the new culture and civilization, the new Aquarian laws and principles, the rising light of Aquarius, the Age of Friendship and Equality—to come forth. Gratitude and goodwill create the “thought-form of solution for humanity and the world’s problems.” The hierarchy lays great emphasis upon expressing gratitude. Gratitude illuminates all that is in darkness. Let us be grateful during this season together. Being, for others, the light that illuminates the darkness. A Poem by R.W. Emerson: We are grateful … “For each new morning with its light/For rest and shelter of the night/For health and food/For love and friends/For everything thy goodness sends.” (poem by R.W. Emerson). I am grateful for my family of readers.


The New Tech Nexus

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


Pluck of the Irish

Mid-century immigrant tale engagingly told in ‘Brooklyn’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments


Second Street Café

Pies and tarts for all tastes—from traditional to adventurous


How are you preparing for El Niño?

Getting ready to buy some rain gear. Cory Pickering, Santa Cruz, Teaching Assistant


Fortino Winery

Cabernet and superb fruit wine from Fortino Winery


Tap Dance

West End Tap & Kitchen’s impressive menu to expand to Eastside location