Santa Cruz Good Times

Saturday
Sep 20th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Mica Cellars

dining micaCabernet Franc 2009 

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start thinking about stocking up your wine rack with a few bottles of good local wine. As the weather gets colder, I always like to have some robust wines at hand, especially those that go with the heartier meals served over the holidays.


Mica Raas of Mica Cellars is turning out some really excellent Zins and Pinots these days, and all the other wines Raas is making are impressive also. I especially enjoyed a delightful pink Rosato I tasted in the summer, and his Cab Franc is gorgeous.

The 2009 Cab Franc, Suisun Valley Babcock Vineyards North Coast AVA ($30) is awash with aromas of luscious cherry, stone fruit and spicy pepper, so much so that the flavor leaps out of the glass before you even take a taste. And when you do finally take that first sip, you will appreciate all the work that Raas has put into his winemaking. Earthy chocolate, toasted coconut and hints of tobacco and raspberry make up this excellent wine, which is bursting at the seams with flavor. Cab Franc is a pretty flexible wine to pair with food, and although it would go really well with pork chops, pizza, chicken and ham, I would also pair it with cheese and crackers or some crusty bread and salami. I believe in drinking what you like with food—even though some wines definitely pair up better with certain dishes.

Mica Cellars’ wine can be purchased at the tasting room in Watsonville or at Vinocruz on Front Street in Santa Cruz. As well as the Cabernet Franc, Vinocruz carries eight other wines by Mica Cellars.


Mica Cellars, 18 Hangar Way, Suite C, Watsonville, 288-5921. Open Saturday noon to 5 p.m. micacellars.com.


Wine Events 

Summit Wineries’ Mountain Holiday
Join the Summit Wineries for a Mountain Holiday with festivities including gifts, food, music and more. This fun weekend takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 9 at each winery belonging to the group —Burrell School Vineyards & Winery; MJA Vineyards; Regale Winery & Vineyards; Silver Mountain Vineyards; Villa Del Monte Winery. For more information on this “Top of the World” experience, visit thesummitwineries.com.

Sparkling Wine and Oysters at Vinocruz
For this tasty event, Vinocruz will be serving a selection of five sparklers, including a dark red sparkler of Pinot Noir. Bill the Oyster Man will be there with his delicious bivalves—and what better way to shop for local wines as you try oysters and drink sparkling wine. A $12 fee includes your first oyster and then oysters are $12 each. The event is from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Vinocruz, 725 Front St., Santa Cruz, 426-8466. Vinocruz.com.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Watch List

From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past

 

The Peace Equation

Sunday is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global peace-building day when nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creat 24 hours of non-violence and promote goodwill. Monday is Autumn equinox as the Sun enters Libra (right relations with all of life). The Soul Year now begins. We work in the dark part of the year (Persephone underground) preparing for the new light of winter solstice. Tuesday to Wednesday is the Virgo new moon festival. We know two things about peace. “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP, through education, attempts to create a “culture of peace, understanding and tolerance”. Esoterically we are reminded of the peace equation: “Intentions for goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create right relations with all earth’s kingdoms which create (the ongoing process of) peace on earth.” At noon on Sunday, in all time zones, millions of participating groups will observe a moment of silence for peace on earth. Bells will ring, candles will be lit, and doves released as the New Group of World Servers recite the Great Invocation (humanity’s mantram of direction). To connect with others around the world see www.cultureofpeace.org    Let us join together with the mother (Virgo). Goodwill to all, let peace prevail on earth. The dove is the symbol for the day.
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Sweet Treats

Local cannabis bakers win award for cookies

 

What fashion trends do you want to see, or not see?

Santa Cruz  |  High School Guidance Counselor

 

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

 

Santa Clara Wine Trail

My memories of growing up in England include my mother pouring port after Sunday dinner—and sometimes a glass of sherry before dinner. My family didn’t drink much wine back then, but we certainly made up for it with the port and sherry.