Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
Feb 27th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Ventana Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

Wine ChardonnayVentana Vineyards’ wines are pretty well known on the Central Coast—their wines can be found all over. And with a brand new label, they are easy to spot on wine store shelves.

The labels are designed to tell the story of Spanish explorer, Gaspar de Portola, who came ashore in Big Sur in 1769. He proceeded inland through what is now called the Ventana Wilderness and looked upon the fertile Salinas Valley through a gap formed in the Arroyo Seco Canyon. The explorer called the gap ‘La Ventana,’ the Spanish word for window. These easy-to-read new labels show exactly what the wine is—in this case an estate-grown Chardonnay, 2012 vintage from Arroyo Seco Vineyards in Monterey, and all sustainably produced.

This lovely Chardonnay ($22) is fresh and light with aromatic notes of mango and pineapple. Apple, pear and spicy floral overtones lead into hints of vanilla and honey. It has distinct tropical touches and a delightful softness on the palate as well.

Ventana’s tasting room is situated in the historic Old Stonehouse, built in 1919. Surrounded by redwoods, it has a nice little patio and you are encouraged to take a picnic lunch. Ventana’s next-door neighbor is the well-known restaurant Tarpy’s Roadhouse, built in 1917 and with quite a bit of history itself. When you have finished a tasting at Ventana, you are welcome to take a bottle of wine into the restaurant to enjoy with your meal, which includes complimentary corkage. Ventana Vineyards, 2999 Monterey-Salinas Highway, #10, Monterey,

831-372-7415 or 1-800-BEST-VIN. The tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Ventanawines.com.


 

Cooking Class at New Leaf with Scott Delk
I recently wrote about local honey maker Scott Delk of Delk Bees Honey—and the wonderful flavored honey he produces from his own bees. Delk is also a talented chef and is doing a cooking demonstration at New Leaf on the Westside from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 entitled “Cooking with Honey: Sweet & Savory Holiday Entertaining.” Cost of the class is $25—and for more information visit newleaf.com.

House Family Vineyards Dinner
House Family Vineyards will hold an exclusive dinner and tasting from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 15. The event takes place in the historic Mountain Winery in Saratoga and tickets are $110. You will meet winemakers, taste hard-to-find library wines in addition to new releases from the Santa Cruz Mountains, bid on wines in an auction—and then dine on a special menu prepared by Mountain Winery executive chef David Sidoti. Visit the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (scmwa.com) to buy tickets and for more information.

Comments (1)Add Comment
Ventanaphile
written by Ventanaphile, November 06, 2013
Actually, "la Ventana" is a high notch in the granodioritic ridge between Ventana Double Cone and Kandlbinder Peak, many miles north (and many thousand feet higher) than the gap through which the Portola expedition crossed the Santa Lucia Range. Nice story though.

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