Santa Cruz Good Times

Monday
Oct 20th
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. fogartywinery.com. 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. johnnysharborside.com.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Field Work

Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers explain how the harvest works, and what kind of wine to expect from this year's crop

 

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international). During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

 

Nut Kreations

Co-owner Craig Olsen goes nuts over nuts

 

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Santa Cruz | Teacher

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Friends who are wine club members of Martin Ranch invited us to the winery’s fun and festive annual barbecue, where the wine is flowing and the food just keeps on coming. Music and dancing are part and parcel of the action, and a good time is guaranteed.

 

Beer Bus

Santa Cruz’s new Brew Cruz, award winning ales, mole by el Jardín, and Wildcat Ridge Chardonnay