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Loma Prieta Winery

dining lomaprietaPetite Sirah 2008

Last week I wrote about a red blend for Valentine’s Day, but as the year’s most romantic day approaches and you’re still looking for something downright voluptuous, then Loma Prieta’s Petit Sirah fits the bill. This is one fabulous wine we have here. This 2008 Petit Sirah, Amorosa Vineyard, Lodi ($35), won a gold medal at last year’s Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival, as well as a silver medal at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This fruit-laden wine has densely rich flavors of boysenberry and cherry pie – with an intense and lingering finish. It will most definitely impress all the Valentines out there.

This full-throttle red goes really well with meat, especially barbecue, but I would suggest pairing it with chocolate. Treat yourself to some really good chocolate – preferably local – pour your sweetheart a glass of this lovely nectar, and romance will fill the air. Well, I’m not making any promises, but at least you’ll enjoy the wine!

Located at about 2,300 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Loma Prieta is well worth a visit – not only for its beautiful wines, but also for the stunning panoramic views from the mountaintop. The winery is not really difficult to find, but they recommend that you follow the directions given on their website.

Loma Prieta Winery, 26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos. (408) 353-2950. Open Saturday and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. lomaprietawinery.com.

Wine and Beer Events:

Copious Winery is putting on a Friday Night Lounge Party on Friday, Feb. 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be wines by the glass, appetizers and barrel tasting of futures with winemaker Lance Campbell. RSVP to the winery at 425-WINE or email Brandie Campbell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Copious Winery, 427 Swift St., Santa Cruz. Copiouswinery.com.

Twisted Tasting
This fun event includes 20 breweries featuring unique, experimental and twisted beers! Hosted by the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company, there will be unlimited food and beer tasting. The location is the top of the Rittenhouse Building in downtown Santa Cruz, and tickets are $65. The event is on Friday, Feb. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Purchase tickets at Twistedtasting.eventbrite.com. Info: 425-4900 or santacruzmountainbrewing.com. The event is a fundraiser for the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter.

It’s Wine Tyme – New Wine Bar in Capitola
It’s wonderful news to have yet another place to go wine tasting. It’s Wine Tyme has opened up in Capitola Village, so do pay them a visit and try their libations. They have live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-8 p.m., and on Sundays from 2-6 p.m. What a good way to spend some time on weekends. It’s Wine Tyme, 116 Stockton Ave., Capitola, 477-4455. Itswinetyme.com.
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