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Pelican Ranch Winery

Dining_pelicanranchGewürztraminer 2008

I first came across Pelican Ranch Winery’s delicious Gewürztraminer at a special dinner at the Sesnon House in Aptos featuring amazing food made by the students of the Cabrillo College culinary program. The event showcased many of the wines of Surf City Vintners on the Westside of Santa Cruz–one of the easiest places to go wine tasting in this neck of the woods. Surf City Vintners now offers more than a dozen wineries located pretty much in the same area. How convenient is that! The vintners of Surf City not only offer excellent wines, but also put on special culinary, art and music events.

But back to the Pelican Ranch Gewürztraminer–made by master winemaker Phil Crews.

Aromas of lychees and scented roses are a floral delight for the olfactory senses, and the taste buds are equally satisfied with this dry, elegant wine. Gewürztraminer’s flowery fruity notes and slight sweetness are typical of this wine, and a late-harvest Gewürztraminer from Alsace can be a really sweet dessert wine. Pelican Ranch’s Gewürztraminer, Monterey, Rio Del Vista Vineyard, is reasonably priced at $22, has a bold and sassy flavor, and goes very well with spicy foods. The bottle has a handy screw cap, so it’s perfect to take on a picnic.

Crews, a professor of chemistry at UC Santa Cruz, owns and operates Pelican Ranch Winery with his wife Peggy, and has been in the business of wine making for many years–starting up in Scotts Valley in 1997 and moving to their present location in 2003. If you have never experienced the hospitality of Phil and Peggy at their tasting room, then it’s time to pay them a visit.


Pelican Ranch Winery, 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, 426-6911. pelicanranch.com. Tasting room open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Wine Events:

Pelican Ranch Winery, Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 – Wine & Cheese Tasting.

San Jose Airport: Santa Cruz Wine Bar in Terminal B. The Santa Cruz Wine Bar, which opened up in San Jose Airport’s new terminal, serves mostly local wines. This is excellent exposure for wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and will, I’m sure, lead to many wine tasting sojourns locally. Here is a list of the wineries showcased at the airport:

Clos La Chance Wines; Silver Mountain Vineyards; David Bruce Winery; Bonny Doon Vineyard; Burrell School Vineyards, Aptos Creek Vineyard; Ridge Vineyards; Martin Ranch Winery; Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery, Storrs Winery; Testarossa Vineyards; Fernwood Cellars; Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard; Clos Tita; Guglielmo Winery; Bargetto Winery; Vine Hill Winery; Loma Prieta Winery; and Cinnabar Winery.

 

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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