Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
Feb 26th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Muns Vineyard

dining_munsSyrah 2008


Local winemaker Ed Muns, along with his business partner Mary Lindsay, was pouring his excellent wines at a recent event – which is when I tasted his Syrah 2008, Santa Cruz Mountains and immediately bought a bottle to write about. Here’s an estate-grown Syrah ($25) that is rich, complex, well balanced, and bursting with beautiful fruit. It’s a dynamic wine that drinks well now, but will also bottle-age nicely for years to come. Syrah, with its peppery flavor and smoky aroma, pairs very well with meat, but it’s a bit too robust for fish or anything light.

Ed Muns’ vineyard sits on a high ridge 2,600 feet above the Monterey Bay – with just the right amount of sunlight and gentle maritime breezes for growing perfect grapes. A retired technology manager at Hewlett-Packard, he found this property by chance when he was looking for a high-elevation spot for his ham radio antennas and came across an abandoned vineyard.

Muns is justly proud of the wines he makes and believes that minimal intervention in his winery allows the special mountain terroir to shine. “Enjoy heaven-in-a-bottle,” Muns says of his wines, “from our ridge-top vineyard above the bay.”


Muns Vineyard, PO Box 1877, Los Gatos. (408) 234-2079. munsvineyard.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wine Events

Wild Blue at Clos LaChance Winery The beautiful Clos LaChance Winery has some fun wine tasting and music events coming up. On March 26 the winery features the talented trio Wild Blue, playing feel-good tunes from 1-4 p.m.


Clos LaChance Winery, 1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin, CA 95046. Wildblueandyou.com.


Pinot Paradise

This coming weekend is a huge event for Pinot Noir lovers – of which I am one. Pinot Paradise, put on by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA), takes place on March 26 and 27. Saturday, March 26 is Pathway to Pinot – an opportunity to go barrel tasting at many of the wineries participating in the event; and Sunday, March 27 head to Villa Ragusa in historic downtown Campbell where around 30 wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation will be pouring their best Pinot Noirs – including Muns Vineyard. Many upscale restaurants provide an abundance of delicious food, so you can expect some tasty bites to go along with the Pinot.

Info: scmwa.com.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Green Swell

Local surfboard company greens up the industry with an eco-conscious business model

 

Two Fish Bound by a Golden Cord

Until March 20, (Spring Equinox), Earth and her kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human) experience the influence of Pisces, sign of the World Savior. Whereas the task of Aquarius is as world server, the Pisces task is saving the world—tasks given to the two fishes. Pisces never really enters matter, and as the last sign of the zodiac includes all the signs. During Pisces, having gathered all the gifts of the previous 11 signs, it is a good time to prepare for new initiating plans when Aries (sign of beginnings) begins. No wonder Pisces, like Scorpio, is so difficult (both are ruled by Pluto, planet of death, new life, regeneration, transformations). Both signs (with Scorpio drowning in dark and deep waters) find life on Earth a hardship, disorienting (from the spiritual perspective), at times feeling betrayed. Life is a paradox, especially for Pisces. Each zodiacal sign represents and distributes a different phase and facet (12) of the Soul’s diamond light, Pisces is the “Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter.” It takes two fish to complete this work (creating eventually an extraordinary human being). One fish turned toward the material world (in order to understand matter), the other fish toward the heavenly world. Around the two fish is a silvery cord binding them together. The two fish are forever bound until all of humanity is redeemed (lifted up into the Light). This is the dedication of all world saviors (Buddha, Christ, the NGWS). Thus the sacrifice and suffering experienced by Pisces. Knowing these things about Pisces, let us help them all we can. Sometimes all of humanity is Pisces.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Seal Change

Celtic selkie lore comes alive in dazzling ‘Song of the Sea’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Teresa’s Gourmet Foods

New owners for Santa Cruz’s leading local salsa company

 

What defines a good dive bar?

It’s slightly dirty, and they serve cheap drinks. Stella Celeste, Santa Cruz, Barrista

 

Picchetti Winery

After enjoying its contents, I couldn’t throw away the empty bottle of Picchetti Winery’s Red Table Wine.

 

Happy Birthday, Manny

Manuel’s turns 50, farmers market steel head pairs with Pinot, and a Birichino Malvasia