For those going the organic route, here is an ideal wine for you. Made by the organic arm of Hallcrest Vineyards, Organic Wine Works’ 2013 a’ Notre Terre is a rich and fruity blend of three different varietals—Zinfandel, Carignane and Barbera.
“The palate leads off with wild berry, exotic oak and cola,” says expert winemaker John Schumacher. This easy-drinking wine also features “undertones of peppermint, anise and chocolate, progressing into a finish of candied wild berry.” A mere $18, I marvel at how such a good wine—and organic at that—can be so reasonably priced.
Schumacher will be participating in the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival (see info below) where you can sample his excellent wines, including those of Hallcrest Vineyards, or try the full range in the tasting room at 379 Felton Empire Road, Felton, 335-4441. Visit hallcrestvineyards.com for more info.
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival
A fun day out is guaranteed at the 18th annual Art, Wine & Beer Festival hosted by the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce. At a preview party last month, I tasted many wines from participating wineries and they are: 37th Parallel, Armitage, Kissed by an Angel, Pelican Ranch, Partage, Wargin Wines, Direct Cellars, Hallcrest, and the newly resurrected Skov Winery. More than 150 artists and vendors will be selling their creations—including Sally Bookman (paintings), Popi Nikolaou (jewelry), and California Jam Queen—and food will be available from Kiss Catering, the recently opened Ambrosia India Bistro (Scotts Valley location), and many others. The event is Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 19 & 20 and admission is free. Visit svartfest.com for more info.
British Toffee Jacks
Rany Prambs, who hails from England, makes delicious British Toffee Jacks and British Munchie Jacks—both creations made with only four ingredients—whole-grain organic rolled oats, butter, evaporated cane juice, and organic brown rice syrup. The Toffee Jacks all made by Prambs in her home kitchen – and she will be selling them on Aug. 19 & 20 at the Art, Wine & Beer Festival in Scotts Valley. Visit culinarytable.com or email [email protected] for more info.