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WINE HARVEST DINNER

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Join us for a wine harvest dinner celebration under the stars at the Sesnon House at Cabrillo College. Meet celebrity wine professionals including distinguished wine writers, Master Sommeliers and celebrity chefs. Enjoy an array of award winning wines produced by our local vintners and culinary delights prepared by the students of the Culinary Arts Department of Cabrillo College. Ticket includes wine reception and a three course dinner. All ticket proceeds go to the Culinary Arts and Wine Program at Cabrillo College. It wouldn’t be a fundraiser without a silent auction so come prepared to support these two causes!

About the Wines and Dinner:

Every year our wineries participate in a Santa Cruz Mountains Professional Wine Tasting. For 48 hours SCMWA hosts a group of distinguished wine professionals from around California. On Thursday key industry leaders and professional tasters meet for a VIP reception and on Friday they begin the Professional Tasting from 8 am to 3 pm. Wines are tasted blind by varietal, region and given points.

This year, we are hosting an Wine Harvest Dinner directly following the tasting. This dinner will be a celebration of the region’s wines and culinary delights.  As a fundraiser for both organizations there will be a silent auctions in which a portion of the proceeds will benefit both programs.

The Harvest Dinner wine reception will begin at 6 pm followed by the Harvest dinner from 7pm – 9pm.

Individual tickets are available or tables of 10. Individual tickets are $55 and a ten top is $500. Again all proceeds benefit the Cabrillo Culinary Arts Sponsorship program. Please contact the SCMWA office directly with any questions at 831-685-8463 or  contact@beekindmedia.wpengine.com.

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PINOT PARADISE 2015 Santa Cruz Mountains

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Enjoy two days in the Santa Cruz Mountains by participating in Pinot Paradise! This two day event invites you to come learn, explore and taste the Pinot Noirs produced from our legendary winemakers.

Day 1- Saturday, March 21st

Pathway to Pinot Paradise (As of Monday 3/16 – Tickets Only Available at Participating Wineries)

Come sip, sample and enjoy a day meandering your way through the many Pinot Noir producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Taste through barrel samples, enjoy the experience of meeting our winemakers and participate in personal tours of the vineyards. Tickets can be purchased online or at any participating winery. For a list of participating Pathway wineries, please click here. To view the Pathway map, please click here.

Ticket price is $25. This event is from 12pm- 5pm. To purchase tickets for this event, please do so at participating wineries or online. If purchased online, we will mail you a wristband and a map.

Day 2- Sunday, March 22nd

SOLD OUT Wine Technical Session SOLD OUT (Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA)

Learn and discover! This half day session from 9:00am – 12:00pm featuring continuing wine education for consumers and winemakers. SCMWA is proud to present two esteemed speakers:Luke Sykora, senior editor and critic at Wine & Spirits magazine; and Dr. Gary Griggs, Professor of Earth Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz. Based in San Francisco, Sykora runs the blind tasting panels for all domestic wines and serves as the wine critic for greater California. Griggs’ research is focused on the coastal zone and ranges from coastal evolution and development.

Join us for this unforgettable event as we take you on this magical journey from vine to glass, and showcase an array of Pinot Noirs from the oldest mountain American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the United States.

Ticket price is $45.

Pinot Noir Grand Cruz Tasting 

Pinot Paradise presents the Grand Cruz Pinot Noir and Food Tasting at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA. Taste Pinot Noirs from over 40 winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with delectable food from local gourmet restaurants.

Ticket Prices: VIP Grand Tasting $100, from 12:30pm- 4:30pm
General Admission Grand Tasting $85, from 1:30pm- 4:30pm
All Weekend Pass: Includes Pathway to Paradise, Wine Technical Session & VIP admission to the Pinot Noir Grand Cruz Tasting $145
No tickets will be mailed out for this event. Once you complete your purchase, you will be placed on the guest list.
All sales are final. There will be no refunds for unused days.
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JANUARY 2015 PASSPORT – Passports Must Be Purchased At A Winery

JANUARY 2015 PASSPORT

Passport Days to the Santa Cruz Mountains was introduced in 1993, by the Winegrowers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Four times a year the winegrowing community of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. Over the last 20 years the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy wines produced by our legendary, artisan winemakers all within the idyllic Santa Cruz Mountains.
The third Saturday of January, April, July and November, passport guests are welcomed into 50+ wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique pairing of artisan handcrafted wines, gourmet food and entertainment. Take a vineyard tour for a grape-to-glass look at Santa Cruz Mountains wine. Meet the winemakers, grapegrowers and sample exclusive vintages from wineries generally not open to the public. Delight in discovering each winery’s unique Passport “theme,” a tradition of the event. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable weekend. Enjoy!

Passport Days:

  • Passport Days occurs four times a year on the third Saturday of January, April, July and November.
  • Wineries generally closed to the public are only open on Passport Days.
  • Passport is your opportunity to meet our legendary Winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains and taste some fabulous terroir driven wines.
  • Use the MAP in the Passport as a rough guide only. Please make sure to read the directions for each individual winery.
  • At each winery you visit, a page of your Passport will be given a unique commemorative stamp.
  • Wineries open on non-Passport days will accept Passports and stamp your Passport. Passports are only good for one winery visit.

*Passport Guidelines:

  • Passports ordered online will be mailed one week prior to passport. Please make sure to purchase passports at least two weeks before event date in order for passports to arrive on time. Please make sure to provide shipping address.
  • Passport benefits are good for ONE VISIT to each participating winery up to 2 years. This includes non-Passport days as well as Passport days.
  • You must have your Passport to have your tasting fee waived at each participating winery.

Keep in mind when planning your tour:

  • Not all participating wineries are open from 11am-5pm on Passport Days. Some have elected to modify their hours to 12 to 5pm. We recommend that customers check the SCMWA website or call participating locations for participating winery hours.
  • Gift prize is available for completing your Passport. Please contact SCMWA.
  • Current Passport holders Passports will expire in two years.
  • Many wineries have limited access and parking. Before hiring a stretch limousine or bus, call the wineries your propose to visit and make arrangements.
  • Passports are $45 online or can be purchased at any participating winery.

*SCMWA reserves the right to change passport rules or to modify them in any way that they deem fit. This includes but is not limited to days of passport, fees, expiration dates and winery participation. You must be over the age of 21 to purchase a Passport. If individuals or groups appear intoxicated or unruly wineries may refuse service and ask the persons to vacate premises.Wineries reserve the right to refuse service to groups who did not call in advance or make an appointment.
ƒ Identification will be checked per law requirements. Passport guidelines will be enforced. Not all wineries sell Passports, please call ahead to see if winery has Passports available for purchase.

About the Old Passport Program click here.

List of participating Wineries click here.  Click here to download MAP.

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2013 Harvest Report – Foxx Viticulture

Hi all,

80% of the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards I work with are coming in heavy. Most Pinot Noir Vineyards, especially in the Corralitos area are at a minimum of 25% over yield of last year and 2012 was a big year! A select few vineyards are showing even more production, some as much as 50% or more over normal. Quality is very high. There have been some issues with even ripening in younger vineyards and wine quality may have been affected if allowed to overproduce. Older vineyards are showing the best fruit I have seen in years even with a big set.

I attribute this to the perfect spring weather and excellent set. Disease pressure was very low during summer months. There were no heat spikes after verasion. We have enjoyed a slow steady maturation period that has produced perfect numbers. pH is coming in 3.2 to 3.5 depending on harvest date. Sugars are 23 to 25, less for those choosing to pick at the first hint of ripeness. TA is hitting 7 to 8. This is what I call a winemaker’s year. With environmental pressure low (no significant rain or heat) winemakers can pick their harvest date based on individual vision and style preference. Each vineyard I work with is in full expression of it’s terroir showing fruit flavors unique and fully developed across the board. In general cluster size and density is up, phenolics are strong, color is good even at first crush. Pinot Noir clusters that normally average 2 oz are showing easily 3 oz per cluster. Bins are regularly topping out at a pure half ton. 2013 promises to be a phenomenal year in every sense.

Bon appetit!

Prudy Foxx
Foxx Viticulture
Santa Cruz Mountains

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WINE HARVEST DINNER

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Join us for a wine harvest dinner celebration under the stars at the Sesnon House at Cabrillo College. Meet celebrity wine professionals including distinguished wine writers, Master Sommeliers and celebrity chefs. Enjoy an array of award winning wines produced by our local vintners and culinary delights prepared by the students of the Culinary Arts Department of Cabrillo College. Ticket includes wine reception and a three course dinner. All ticket proceeds go to the Culinary Arts and Wine Program at Cabrillo College. It wouldn’t be a fundraiser without a silent auction so come prepared to support these two causes!

About the Wines and Dinner:

Every year our wineries participate in a Santa Cruz Mountains Professional Wine Tasting. For 48 hours SCMWA hosts a group of distinguished wine professionals from around California. On Thursday key industry leaders and professional tasters meet for a VIP reception and on Friday they begin the Professional Tasting from 8 am to 3 pm. Wines are tasted blind by varietal, region and given points.

This year, we are hosting an Wine Harvest Dinner directly following the tasting. This dinner will be a celebration of the region’s wines and culinary delights.  As a fundraiser for both organizations there will be a silent auctions in which a portion of the proceeds will benefit both programs.

The Harvest Dinner wine reception will begin at 6 pm followed by the Harvest dinner from 7pm – 9pm.

Individual tickets are available or tables of 10. Individual tickets are $55 and a ten top is $500. Again all proceeds benefit the Cabrillo Culinary Arts Sponsorship program. Please contact the SCMWA office directly with any questions at 831-685-8463 or  contact@beekindmedia.wpengine.com.