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February 08, 2017

11 Santa Cruz Wineries That Need to Be on Your Radar

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Did you know that the Santa Cruz area is home to one of the oldest wine growing regions in California? The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation—lauded for its high elevation, ocean influence, and varied microclimates—enjoys more than 200 vineyards, 75 wineries, and, maybe most importantly, zero hassle. Here, it’s the scenery that will take your breath away, not the crowds or tasting fees. Santa Cruz wineries are small, intimate and family-run, and, oftentimes, your glass will be filled by the winemaker or owner themselves. From urban tasting rooms to spectacular country settings, the following wineries should be on your radar and on your next Santa Cruz County itinerary.

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February 03, 2017

Eagles Have Landed: Santa Cruz’s Favorite Celebrity Couple

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Santa Cruz’s latest celebrity couple sighting isn’t Kim and Kanye or anyone from Hollywood for that matter. The celebrated duo is a pair of bald eagles nesting at Harkins Slough in Watsonville. If that doesn’t make your heart flutter, then you have yet to discover how significant it is.

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February 01, 2017

Drink These Now: Local Sparkling Wine for V-Day

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Santa Cruz has built up its reputation for superior craft beer and artisanal spirits in recent years, but don’t forget that we bubble over with sparkling wine too! As any champagne lover knows, sparkling wine is meant to be enjoyed anytime, not just on special occasions. Yet with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we couldn’t help but recommend two exceptional, handcrafted sparklers made in Santa Cruz County.

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February 01, 2017

Seek Out These Farmers’ Market Finds

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In the very spot where Santa Cruz County’s farm-focused organic produce and artisanal goods are produced, locals know that the secret to the freshest produce is sunshine, salt air, and a cool, classic Santa Cruz vibe. Take a video tour of our local farmer’s market scene and see how we cruz!

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February 01, 2017

Where to Catch the Best Winter Sunsets

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It’s a scientific fact that sunsets are simply better in the winter. The colors are more vivid, the clouds sweep dramatically overhead like a painter’s bold brushstrokes, and in Santa Cruz where the ocean faces south, the bright yellow orb’s descent beneath the horizon is finally visible from almost any beach in the county. Even if it means skipping out on work early (although you didn’t hear that from us), winter sunsets are just too good to miss.

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