Santa Cruz Good Times

Apr 20th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Vino Tabi 2008 Rosé of Zinfandel

wineThere are those times in one’s wine-drinking life when a beautiful Rosé is like an epiphany. Drinking the popular Chardonnays and Merlots as often as we do, sometimes the thought of a Rosé wine never comes into the picture. How often do you order a Rosé when you’re out to dinner? It’s easy to forget about the Rosés of this world when confronted with a plethora of reds and whites.

Stopping by Vino Tabi’s tasting room one afternoon, winemaker Katie Fox said, “Try this Rosé. I just love it.” She was referring to her Rosé of Zinfandel 2008 Central Coast ($22 and available only at the winery). One sip and I was smitten. A very pretty coral-ruby color, this excellent wine has a very definite essence of chocolate and strawberries—with just a hint of rhubarb. It’s not cloyingly sweet as are some Rosés—and in fact has quite a tart cherry finish.

Rosé wine declined in popularity over the years, to the degree that many wine drinkers ignored it completely. But it’s now making a comeback. There was some awful cheap stuff going around many moons ago—which was guaranteed to give you a buzz, but didn’t do much else. Most Rosé wines are made from a red grape varietal—such as Pinot Noir, Merlot or, as in this case, Zinfandel. The red skins of these grapes are allowed to come into contact with the grape juice for a short time, thereby getting a pink color instead of an intense red. And the shorter time the contact, the lighter the Rosé will be.

Vino Tabi has been open for about a year now. As well as making their own wines, they allow you to try your hand at making wines as well. They have a Barrel Buddy program where you can own a barrel or share it in partnership with another. Just think of the fun you’ll have in making your own wine and ending up with a personal label on your bottle. Vino Tabi also does educational events and seminars with professional winemaking coaches; fun and exciting wine demonstrations; and, of course, private wine tastings.

As well as the Rosé of Zinfandel, Vino Tabi makes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and others. “Tabi” means “journey” in Japanese. Fox lived in Japan for some time and speaks fluent Japanese, which is why she named her winery as she did. I hope that your wine journey leads you to Vino Tabi to taste some of their wonderful offerings.

Friday Nights at Vino Tabi: It’s party time on Friday nights at Vino Tabi when the tasting room is open until 9 p.m. Andy Fuhrman plays acoustic music, and there’s a Gary’s Gourmet hot dog cart if you need a quick bite. Try a glass of Rosé with a hot dog. Why not!

Vino Tabi, 334 Ingalls St., Suite C, Santa Cruz, 426-1809, Tasting room open daily.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger


Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share


Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.


Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.


Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >


Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.
Sign up for Tomorrow's Good Times Today
Upcoming arts & events

Latest Comments


Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.


How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management


Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.


Waddell Creek, Al Fresco

Route One Summer Farm Dinner You’ve been buying their insanely fresh produce for years now at farmers’ markets. Right? So now why not become more familiar with the gorgeous Waddell Creek farmlands of Route One Farms?