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Skov Winery

dining skovSauvignon Blanc 2010—and Johnny’s Harborside Restaurant

Skov Winery is a fairly new kid on the block. But it’s certainly not new in the wine biz. Formerly called Roudon-Smith Winery, owners Annette and David Hunt decided on a complete turnaround, sold off the old winery and brought in a whole new label with a very different look. The Skov label reflects Annette’s Danish background—Skov is Danish for forest and it just so happens that their winery on Bean Creek Road in Scotts Valley is surrounded by redwoods. It also fits hand in glove with the whole Santa Cruz image—more redwoods in a heavily forested area.

And so it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Skov Winery—if you don’t know it already—and their crisp and delightful Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Lake County. And it was with pleasure that we shared this bottle of wine with friends visiting from the South of France at Johnny’s Harborside Restaurant.

This Sauvignon Blanc goes perfectly with seafood. Served chilled, it’s a great accompaniment to Johnny’s delicious seafood offerings. Arriving early in time for Happy Hour at Johnny’s, we watched the sun set over the harbor whilst enjoying some crispy calamari as an appetizer and some half price drinks. For main courses my friend and I ordered fresh crab (not to waste a minute of the crab season) and our husbands ordered fish and chips.

We opened up the wine to let it breathe a bit and took our first sips when our main courses arrived. It’s hard to believe that this wine clocks in at only $10 a bottle. Refreshing and crisp with a nice cream soda bouquet it’s a lovely wine to pair with many kinds of food—especially fish.

Skov Winery’s other wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel. It’s a lovely winery to visit and you are welcome to take a picnic and enjoy the bucolic setting.
Skov Winery, 2364 Bean Creek Road, Scotts Valley, 438-4374. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Open from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Wine Events

Skov is doing a Valen-Tasting for all you Valentines out there on Saturday, Feb. 11 from noon to 4:30 p.m.—and featuring chocolates from local chocolatiers. The tasting fee is $10 and $5 for wine club members.

Skov is also participating in Wine Wednesdays at Shadowbrook and is the featured winery on Feb. 15 from 5-8 p.m. And mark your calendars for St. Patrick’s Day at Skov Winery when they kiss the Blarney Stone with an Irish Wine & Cheese Tasting —from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.
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written by Rudy Cabigas, January 28, 2012
Skov is one of my favorite stops for local wines. I first got hooked on the 'Rose" then learned and loved the other great selections. Annette and Dave have a beautiful setting to bring family from out of town or in my case state.
Funny that we are heading out to the Crows Nest tonight and will stop by Johnny's instead and get in on that happy hour.
written by Justin@Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub, January 27, 2012
Wow, I am so happy to see this! Skov Sauv Blanc is the first wine we started selling by the glass at Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub. Guests who order Annette's wine always love it! I recommend her cabs and pinots as well to those who prefer reds. It's very worth your time to check out her amazing tasting room too.
written by Steen, January 26, 2012
The Sauv Blanc is a favorite for me and anyone who is willing to prepare my sushi! The Chard & the Pinot, yum. Heck, the Zin's good too. I love Annette (a great listener) and David (who likes to talk as much as I do)...but, honestly, Fred rules! He also runs the tasting room and his surf'n buddy's in Aptos say Hi! Ran into Al, who was sitting with a copy of "Aliens Surf Santa Cruz!" We all wish you a speedy recovery, my friend!
written by June M. Smith, January 26, 2012
The Sauvignon Blanc was the perfect wine for Annette to pour at Michael's on Main this past Sunday at the Santa Cruz Mtns. Winegrowers Assn. Wine & Crab Taste-Off. The Hunts have done a great job, first, carrying on the Roudon-Smith name and now with their own well-deserved business
written by Brenda LaHood, January 26, 2012
I don't know much about wine but I recently took a tour of Skov Winery from the owner, Annette. She was so informative about how they make wine and the process of wine making. She wasn't intimidating to talk to answered my questions so nicely.

I think their Sauvignon Blanc is great and I love their newly released Zinfandel Port, which you can only get in their tasting room. I hope that they'll make a bubbly wine soon but in the mean time, I definitely recommend stopping by their tasting room on a Saturday.
written by Poul Bent, January 26, 2012
I love the Skov Sauvignon Blanc and purchase it as K Wine & Spirits in Capitola regularly. This wine pairs very well with fish and mango salsa which we often tend to make. We'll have to stop by their tasting room and meet them, we love supporting our small local businesses!

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