Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
Nov 21st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Artesana Winery Tannat 2011

wine 0718Artesana Winery is famous for its production of Tannat, Uruguay’s signature varietal. Although Uruguay does not always spring to mind when one thinks of wine-producing places, thanks to the country’s coastal Atlantic climate, which is often compared to that of Bordeaux, some very impressive wines are coming our way.

Tannat is a rich, full-bodied wine with ripe fruit flavors and an exotic spiciness. I first came across Artesana’s Tannat-Merlot blend at one of my Wild Wine Women lunches, a monthly gathering of women involved in wine. Leslie Fellows, director of sales and marketing for Artesana, cracked open a bottle of Tannat-Merlot for us to try and we all loved it. It also made my “Ten Local Wines to Try” list in the last Good Times Food & Wine magazine in April. The Tannat 2011 ($20) and Tannat-Merlot are sold all over California, including Soif, Vino Prima and Oak Tree Ristorante locally, and distributed by Epic Wines of Aptos. Visit artesanawinery.com for more information.

Annieglass Platemaker Dinners
The next Platemaker dinner at the Annieglass warehouse and studio will be Thursday, July 25. This time the guest chef will be Steve Wilson of Café Cruz, whose cuisine will be paired with wines by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard. Wilson and Grahm are well known for innovative cuisine and impressive wines—and the evening promises to be a superb experience. A reception starting at 6 p.m. kicks off the evening, and Annie Morhauser will lead a tour of her facility. Dinner is at 7 p.m. served on Annieglass’ stunning dinnerware—what else! The dinners benefit Annieglass scholarships. For more information and tickets visit annieglass.com.

Passport Day: Saturday, July 20
Passport Day comes around every three months, and it’s the day when you can visit participating wineries belonging to the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA), providing you have a Passport, which will cost you $45 and can be purchased at any winery. Passport Day takes place four times a year on the third Saturday of January, April, July and November. Info: 685-8464, or scmwa.com or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bargetto Winery’s Celebratory Weekend
Bargetto Winery will be celebrating all weekend and I suggest you don’t miss out on the fun. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20 is their 25th annual Art & Wine Festival, where many well-known local artists show off their talents, with their work available for purchase, of course. And the biggest news of all—Bargetto Winery is releasing a special book on the 100-year history of the winery on July 20 and 21. Entitled “Vintage Bargetto: Celebrating a Century of California Winemaking,” this pictorial following of the family’s Italian roots to the present day is a unique and interesting read. Bargetto Winery, 3535 N. Main St., Soquel, 475-2258. Bargettowinery.com.

Comments (2)Add Comment
wine lover
written by Patrick Steadman, July 23, 2013
I just purchased the 2011 Artesana Tannat in the PLCB store in Exton, PA. It is WONDERFUL. At $20 per bottle, I will purchase several more.
Owner & Director
written by Leslie Fellows/Artesana Winery, July 19, 2013
Josie, many thanks for your write-up on my winery Artesana and for the attention you bring to Uruguay and its signature varietal Tannat. Uruguay produces outstanding and award-winning wines. Hope your readers will keep Uruguay/Tannat on their radar and try an Artesana Tannat or Tannat-Merlot. We've just won Uruguay Winery of the Year at the New York International Wine Competition, so I'm very proud of our 2 rising star Uruguayan women winemakers. ¡Salud!

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Pop Life

The pop-up dining trend is freeing culinary imaginations and creating a guerilla version of event dining around Santa Cruz

 

Over Hills and Plains, Riding a White Horse, Bow and Arrows in Hand

Saturday, early morning, the sun enters and radiates the light of Sagittarius. Three hours later, the Sagittarius new moon (0.07 degrees) occurs. “Let food be sought,” is the personality-building keynote. “Food” means experiences; all kinds, levels and types. It also means real food. Sag’s secret is their love of food. Many, if not musicians, are chefs. Some are both. The energies shift from Scorpio’s deep and transformative waters to the “hills and plains of Sagittarius.” Sag is the rider on a white horse, eyes focused on the mountain peaks of Capricorn (Initiation) ahead. Like Scorpio, Sagittarius is also the “disciple.” Adventure, luck, optimism, joy and the beginnings of gratitude are the hallmarks of Sagittarius. Sag is also one of the signs of silence. The battle lines were drawn in Libra and we were asked to choose where we stood. The Nine Tests were given in Scorpio and we emerged “warriors triumphant.” Now in Sag, we are to be the One-Pointed Disciple, riding over the plains on a white horse, bow and arrows in hand, eyes focused on the Path of Return ahead. Sagittarians are one-pointed (symbol of the arrow). Sag asks, “What is my life’s purpose?” This is their quest, from valleys, plains, meadows and hills, eyes aimed always at the mountaintop. Sag emerges from Scorpio’s deep waters, conflict and tests into the open air. Sag’s quest is humanity’s quest. Sag’s quest, however, is always accompanied by music and good food.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of November 21

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

 

Pie Fidelity

A little Thanksgiving help, plus sip and shop locally at the Art, Wine and Gift Bazaar

 

What should be on everyone’s bucket list?

Hang gliding, because you're free as a bird. Jenni, Santa Cruz, Student/Administrative Assistant

 

Soquel Vineyards

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it’s time to be thinking about the wine you’re going to serve with that special dinner, be it turkey, ham, a roast, or something vegetarian or vegan.

 

The Kitchen

Chef Santos Majano talks beer-friendly food at Discretion Brewery