There are times when a really good bottle of wine gets your attention. I first tasted this lovely Pinot in January at the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association’s Wine & Crab Taste Off, and it’s very impressive.
Five restaurants participated this year in the delicious crab fest – Ma Maison, Paradise Beach Grille, Michael’s on Main, Café Cruz, and Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Resort. About six or seven wineries are featured at each restaurant and winemaker Neil Perrelli was pouring his Villa del Monte wines at Ma Maison in Aptos. I tasted his 2010 Pinot, Santa Cruz Mountains Regan Vineyard ($28), and just loved every mouthful of this dark beauty.
Villa del Monte Winery, 23076 Summit Road, Los Gatos, (888) 788-4583. Villadelmontewinery.com. Pinot Paradise
The annual extravaganza for Pinot Noir lovers is coming up on March 31 and April 1. This very popular event, put on by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA), is often a sell-out, so be sure to get your tickets early.
Saturday, March 31 is Pathway to Pinot Paradise—an opportunity to go barrel tasting with a self-guided tour to many of the wineries participating in the event; and Sunday, April 1 head to Villa Ragusa in historic downtown Campbell where around 30 wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation will be pouring their best Pinot Noirs, including Villa del Monte Winery. Many upscale restaurants provide an abundance of delicious food, so you can expect some tasty bites to go along with the Pinot. For tickets and information: 685-VINE (8463), scmwa.com.
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