Santa Cruz Good Times

Apr 17th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Rexford Winery Pinot Gris 2010

wine redThere’s nothing like killing two birds with one stone. I had been meaning to write about Rexford Winery for some time, and the opportunity arose after a tasting at Kuumbwa Jazz one evening.

My friends and I arrived early at Kuumbwa for a concert of Zimbabwean music with renowned musician Oliver Mtukudzi. Kuumbwa’s events often include diverse ethnic music concerts—with everything from Spanish flamenco to the Tuareg people of Morocco to Pakistani qawwali singers. The setting is cozy and intimate, and there is always plenty to eat and drink throughout every concert. 

Kuumbwa has recently made many improvements to its bar and menu—and is now selling wine on tap. Their imaginative food selections are prepared in-house, and are always reasonably priced and delicious. This is the place to enjoy dinner and a show in a very intimate setting.

I headed to the bar to get a bottle of something local and was happy to find Rexford Winery’s Pinot Gris—nicely chilled and for the reasonable price of $24. Although I found the Pinot Gris a touch on the sweet side, it was so light and refreshing that my friends and I enjoyed very much. With its fruity aroma and pear and honeysuckle flavors, it’s a great sipping wine. Although the 2010 vintage has already sold out at the winery, the new vintage is due for release shortly.

Joe Miller, winemaker and owner of Rexford Winery, handcrafts wines in small lots with grapes from local vineyards. His wines are not fined or filtered, resulting sometimes in the formation of a harmless residue with bottle aging. Miller is an expert not only in turning out fine wines, but also in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.  As well as a longtime professorship at UC Santa Cruz, he was also director of the Lick Observatory at Mount Hamilton before retirement from both roles.  He and his associate winemaker son Sam now concentrate on producing excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and other fine wines, but not always relying on the stars to guide them.

Rexford Winery, 429 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, 426-1500. Open Friday 2-5 p.m., Saturday 1-5 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m.

Chaminade Farm to Table Dinners

The next Farm to Table dinner coming up at the beautiful Chaminade Resort & Spa is on Friday, Aug. 30. This one will feature Black Hen Farm, Belle Farm’s olive oil and Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery. Always served outdoors on the terrace, a farm to table dinner is a truly wonderful wining and dining experience—where you get to mingle with executive chef Beverlie Terra as well as local farmers and vintners. And you can always stay overnight at Chaminade should you imbibe too much! Visit for more information.

Comments (1)Add Comment
written by Joe miller, August 22, 2013
Thanks for the nice comments on our Rexford Pinot Gris. I should mention that it is actually bone dry- no residual sugar. We made it in such a way so as to preserve the fruit as much as possible, and many find the fruitiness gives the the wine the appearance of being slightly sweet.

Write comment
smaller | bigger


Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share


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.


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.


Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.
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


Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX


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.