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September 06, 2016

For Release: Raise a Glass to Wine-Related Events in Santa Cruz County During California Wine Month

September 6, 2016                        
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
Contact:  Christina Glynn
Phone: 831.425.1234 ext.112

RAISE A GLASS TO WINE-RELATED EVENTS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DURING CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH 

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA – The wine scene in Santa Cruz County is as diverse as the region’s sights and as inspired as its culture.  And so, it’s no surprise that local wineries – along with Visit Santa Cruz County - are raising a glass to California Wine Month.  Here are some fresh new ways to experience Santa Cruz County’s wine country:

Farm to Table Culinary Overnight Package at the Chaminade Resort 
Experience Chaminade Resort & Spa’s Farm to Table overnight package for the perfect pairing of Santa Cruz Mountain wines with fresh, locally-sourced fare.  

On Friday, September 9th, Chaminade’s seasonal Farm to Table Wine Dinner will feature wines from Martin Ranch Winery, a farm-fresh five-course meal featuring ingredients from Everett Family Farm, newly-renovated accommodations, and breakfast in the Sunset Restaurant on Saturday morning.  Farm to Table Wine Dinners take guests on a culinary journey through the Central Coast showcasing the region's diverse abundance of fruits, vegetables and produce inspired by the region's seasonal harvest. Guests have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Executive Chef Nick Church as well as representatives from the featured vintners and farms. Click here to book online, or, call 831.475.5600. 

Barrel Taste in a Wine Cave at Byington Winery
Take a guided tour through a unique wine cave and sample wines from the barrel before they are released. Learn about the aging process and oak barrels, and other finer points of winemaking.  Tours are $25 per person including tax, with a $12 refund upon the purchase of two or more bottles of wine per tasting, or a $6 refund per tasting if you purchase 1 bottle of wine. Tour and tasting takes between 20 and 30 minutes. For more information, call 408.354.1111 or visit www.byington.com 

Wine Tasting and Tours at Annieglass 
Annieglass in Watsonville offers wine tasting, beer, and studio tours. Pouring from local wineries including Alfaro, Bonny Doon Vineyards, Odonata, Ser, and Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards. Also serving local craft beer. Tasting room open from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Visitors can also take the FREE studio tour Thursday through Sunday at 1:30PM.  For more information, visit www.annieglass.com 

Meet the Winemaker Aboard The Chardonnay
The 70-foot luxury yacht Chardonnay II features a different local winery every Friday evening, April through September.  Drink in stunning views of the California coastline, meet the wine makers and entice your palate with delicious appetizers. Guests can learn about local wines and the art of wine making. Watch the sunset, raise your glasses and give a toast to wine tasting at its finest! September winemaker sails take place the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. Call 831.423.1213 to make a reservation or visit www.chardonnay.com 
 
34th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
September 10 - 11, 2016
Featuring 23 wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, and a children's art area, this is one of Santa Cruz County's premier Art & Wine Festivals and was featured as a top Wine Festival in California by USA Today. (http://pre.santacruz.org/california-wine-month#sthash.81EO7If8.dpuf). Admission-free in Capitola Village By The Sea.   
Time: Sat. 10am - 6pm; Sun. 10am - 5pm | Location: Capitola Village, Capitola | Phone: 831.475.6522 Website: www.capitolaartandwine.com or www.capitolachamber.com 
 
Explore the Region
For a "Do-it-Yourself" way for visitors to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of the wine country lifestyle during California Wine Month, a spirited courtyard on the west side of Santa Cruz is a local favorite where wineries, shops and restaurants can be found.  Always brimming with something new to see or taste, this lively spot is home to a number of tasting rooms that make up Surf City Vintners.  Look for an acorn embedded in the tasting room bar at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards’ (http://www. tasting room. The bar is crafted from an old redwood log on winemaker Jeff Emery’s family property in nearby Bonny Doon. The acorn was stashed in the tree by a woodpecker centuries ago.  And a petite sirah-zinfandel blend called Hedgehog from Sones Cellars is the only wine offered within the county that is tapped from a tasting room barrel and sold in refillable bottles, reducing the winery’s carbon footprint.  Enjoy live music and a festive atmosphere at nearby MJA Vineyards.

For a more rural experience, visitors can opt to taste wine along the Corralitos Wine Trail, an idyllic region in South County where four family-owned wineries are surrounded by redwood trees and apple orchards.  Ring the Zen bell up the hill from the vineyard at Windy Oaks Estate Vineyard & Winery.  The sound is similar to that of a bell at a nearby Zen monastery.  Near the tasting room at Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery sits a 100-year-old barn built by the Thomas family - apple growers who previously farmed the area.  The barn is surrounded by three 80-year-old avocado trees. At Nicholson Vineyards, taste wine in a California-rustic tasting room adjacent to the vineyards.  At the heart of the tasting room – formerly the winery’s barrel room – is a bar crafted from a majestic redwood tree.  
 
In Soquel Village, you’ll find a new tasting room where Wargin Wines’ burl wood bar and intimate patio are the perfect backdrop to sip and savor.  Nearby, drop in to Bargetto Winery, one of the oldest family-run wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains, which has been producing hand-crafted wine for nearly a century.

On the north coast, Bonny Doon Vineyards’ tasting room is in the sweet town of Davenport, where translucent waves crash against a rugged coastline. 

An array of local restaurants offer wine and food pairings.  For the perfect blend of wine and cuisine, stop by Capitola's Shadowbrook restaurant where sumptuous pairings of food and wine are presented in romantic setting.  Downtown Santa Cruz’s Soif Wine Bar and Restaurant recently underwent a renovation, expanding the bottle shop and making room for a tasting area and bar, complete with communal table.  

Seaside, stroll the Century-old Santa Cruz Wharf and drop in at Vino Prima, a wine tasting lounge.  Specializing in in California wines, Vino Prima offers twenty different wines to taste on a daily basis, paired with unparalleled views of the gleaming blue Monterey Bay. 

California is the leading destination for wine and food travel in the U.S., producing 90 percent of American wine, according to the Wine Institute. For more information on winetasting in Santa Cruz County, see www.visitsantacruz.org. 

More information:
Santa Cruz County Celebrates California Wine Month
http://www.santacruz.org/food-drink/wineries-tasting-rooms 

Winetasting in Santa Cruz County
http://www.santacruz.org/california-wine-month 

Discover California Wines
http://www.discovercaliforniawines.com/

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About VSCC: A private, non-profit corporation, Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) exists to enhance tourism and the economy by positioning Santa Cruz County as a visitor, conference and film destination. For more information, contact VSCC at 831-425-1234.  Or visit VSCC’s web site at www.visitsantacruz.org.