Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
Oct 02nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Roudon-Smith

dining_roudonsmithPinot Noir 2008

Roudon-Smith is one of the better-known wineries in the area. Their wines are to be found in good wine stores and on the menu of many local restaurants. If you haven’t visited the winery’s tasting room down the long and winding Bean Creek Road in Scotts Valley, then you’re in for a treat. Hidden away under a redwood canopy, it’s in a beautiful bucolic setting. And some good wines await you when you get there.

The Pinot Noir 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Private Reserve ($30) is a resoundingly good wine that will complement a wide variety of food. This is the sort of wine I like to enjoy on a cold night because it’s robust and hearty–the sort of wine that warms the cockles of your heart. Bold flavors of cherries and cinnamon–with just the right amount of toasted oak–fill the mouth with characteristic earthiness. Here is a wine that would grace anybody’s table. Winemaker Brandon Armitage really shows his winemaking skills in this 2008 Pinot.


Roudon-Smith Winery, 2364 Bean Creek Road, Scotts Valley. 438-1244. RoudonSmith.com. Open Saturday noon to 4:30 p.m. and for group appointments.

Wine Events:

Roudon-Smith will be putting on its fifth Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Local bell ringers will be there playing all the classic holidays songs, and there will be tasting samples of Theo organic chocolate to pair with Roudon-Smith’s wines. Tasting fee is $15 per person, which includes souvenir wine glass, chocolates and wine tasting. Wine club members pay $5 for themselves and a total of four guests.

Tasting Room Tuesdays at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose

On two Tuesdays every month until August 2011, San Jose’s most iconic hotel is featuring wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains. A winery representative will pour and be available for “vine talk” from 5-7 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge. Dec. 7 and 14 features Sarah’s Vineyard, and Jan. 11 and 25 features Poetic Cellars. Info: scmwa.com.

Winemaker Wednesdays at Shadowbrook

Martin Ranch will be the featured winery on Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the Rock Room of Shadowbrook Restaurant from 5-8 p.m. Info: scmwa.com.

Windy Oaks Winemaker’s Dinner at Cin-Cin in Los Gatos

Chef Chris Schloss has created a beautiful menu to pair with the wonderful wine of Windy Oaks on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $90 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity. To RSVP call the restaurant directly at (408) 354-8006, cincinwinebar.com.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

On the Waterfront

As the wharf celebrates its centennial, a personal reflection on its essential place in Santa Cruz’s history

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Melinda’s

New Capitola bakery takes gluten-free goods to the next level

 

Do you think you are addicted to technology?

Santa Cruz  |  Unemployed

 

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

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”