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January 06, 2012

Answer the Call of the Summit Sirens of the Santa Cruz Mountains

 

Three dedicated Santa Cruz Mountain women of wine embrace the title of the Summit Sirens. Anne Moulton of Burrell School Vineyards, Amy Kemp of Loma Prieta Winery and Katy Lovell of Poetic Cellars all play a prominent role in winery operations and the marketing of the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation. All three wineries are within easy reach of each other. The women actively claim their region as a premiere destination for locals as well as visitors. Anne Moulton of Burrell School Vineyards Anne Moulton directs marketing efforts, assists in wine club events and serves on the winery Board of Directors.  She is also the self-appointed Head Gardener of the property, which features an authentic 1890 schoolhouse and a gazebo that is perfect for picnics.

Her daily “Color of the Day” Facebook postings are inspired by the beautiful mountain environment surrounding her. Often the entries portray the color of the cuisine she is preparing for the day, including vibrant photos.

Amy Kemp of Loma Prieta Winery Amy Kemp handles marketing, purchasing, tasting room sales, label design, website, payroll, customer inquiries and wine club management. She also manages a law practice along with her winemaker husband Paul. “I do everything except make the wine or drive the forklift,” she says. Thanks to Amy, the winery is home to two mascots, including a rescued German short hair pointer named Mo. “He is 100 pounds of love and will trade you some lovin' for a cracker or bite of cheese.  Our other mascot is a mounted deer-head in the tasting room named "Deerly Departed" who is festively dressed up for every holiday,” she says. Loma Prieta Winery is the highest winery in the mountains at 2600 feet, complete with fountain, double fireplace and a Bocce court with vineyard view. Katy Lovell of Poetic Cellars Winery Lovell is a trained classical flutist who performed professionally in New York City and Los Angeles. She received her wine education at UC Davis and was an award-winning winemaker/owner in the Livermore Valley at Rios-Lovell Winery for 12 years before acquiring her Santa Cruz mountains property. Her three children assist at the tasting bar and help with never-ending winery tasks. Poetic Cellars is known for the romantic poetry of Lovell’s partner Joseph Naegle and is featured on the wine labels. This is especially appropriate since wedding facilities are available at the site! Summit Siren Designation The Summit Sirens designation came from local wine marketing expert Laura Ness, who describes the women as “alluring, intelligent and passionate – they call to you!”  For a complete listing of places in Santa Cruz County to taste wine, click here!



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