When it comes to providing the best ways to spend a summer day, the Summit to Sea wineries have thought of it all. What more could a wine lover want?
Burrell School will fly the Hawaiian flag and staff will greet visitors with leis and alohas. Wear a loud Hawaiian shirt and win a prize. Ahi poke plates available at $5 from Scotts Valley neighbor, Sandabs Restaurant. Listen to the incomparable music of Izzy.
Purchase a “Summer School 6-Pack” of 06 Chardonnay, 06 Zinfandel, 06 Old School, 06 Merlot and two Rose of Pinot, for $89 (regularly $160). Or stock up on 2006 Chardonnay, wine of the month for $20, (regular $30), 33% discount.
For Sippers Club members, enjoy barrel sampling and futures purchases. Taste, evaluate and purchase futures at 50% off retail. Choose from 09 Chardonnay, 09 Old School Cabernet, 08 “Dean’s List” Cabernet Sauvignon and 08 Estate Merlot.
Hunter Hill offers appetizers, music, jewelry, a mini farmer’s market and a jaw-dropping sale on 2006 Syrah at $10.00/bottle while it lasts. Relax by the waterfall in the stylish Adirondack-style lawn chairs and drink in the peace of the beautifully landscaped setting.
What a setting for the popular “Dinner in the Vineyard” series! Join Vann and Christine for this outdoor dinner in the vineyard on July 25th, 5-8 PM, featuring lamb prepared by guest chef Michael Clark of Michael’s on Main. RSVP: 831-465-9294. $85.00, $75.00 wine club members.
Come to Loma Prieta and be tempted by oysters. Chat with Bill the Oyster Man. Try them with the Loma Prieta Viognier, on sale for $19/bottle. Enjoy live music, browse jewelry by Elizabeth Moon, relax by the fountain or play bocce ball while watching rays of sun surf the waves on the Santa Cruz shoreline below.
Poetic Cellars offers a patriotic Passport event with a red, white and blueberry theme! Enjoy summer fresh whites and racy reds along with grilled tri-tip sliders and Syrah reduction accompanied by tri-color potato salad available for purchase by Chef Desiree. Purchase a glass of rich Petite Sirah to enjoy with mini blueberry cobblers. Chill out with music, an art show, picnic facilities and new releases, including the 2007 Merlot. The “Quatrain” Zin-based blend is a summer BBQ delight.
Vine Hill Winery offers a weekend of activities in a vineyard setting with panoramic views of the Monterey Bay. Taste aged Parmesan with crispy Chardonnay and Triple Cream Brie with elegant Pinot Noir. Enjoy live music on both Saturday and Sunday. Amee Chapman and the Velvet Tumble Weeds play a mix of Sagebrush Soul/Americana on Saturday and fans can rock out to 60’s and 70’s on Sunday with Freedom Boulevard. The Brown Bag Lunch Co. will sell their delicious box lunches for $8.00.
Enjoy the summer Passport festivities and pick up a Corky the Wine Whale squirter to help beat the heat for only $3. Get a Corky the Wine Whale tattoo from any of the Summit to Sea Wine Trail wineries this weekend.
Learn more about the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association passport program.
By June Smith