Think of them as wines that re-invigorate the whole idea of the world’s second oldest profession.
Now that I have your attention, I owe it to all of you who call yourselves wine-drinkers to remind you about the next opportunity to tour, sample and schmooze with winemakers – that would be the April 21 Passport Day. Three major events occur on April 21. The Queen’s birthday (her real one), my mother’s birthday and the SCMWA Passport Day. There may be other important events occuring on April 21, but I doubt it. This is a great way to discover more new wines and enjoy the why-we-live-here beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains. At over 30 wineries, 11am-5pm, $30/person.
Also, plan now to enjoy in-depth tasting, tours, finger foods, and winemaker talks at the June Vintner’s Festival 2007. Every winery on both sides of the hill will be represented, the east side of the mountains — June 2-3; the west side is featured the following weekend, June 9-10. Call 831/685-WINE for tickets, or check the website, www.scmwa.com.