You may not have tasted Michael Muccigrosso’s Pinot Noir, as Muccigrosso Vineyards does not have a tasting room and his wines are not sold all over. But the 2010 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot ($35) is exceptional, so it’s worth calling to find out where they will be pouring next. One such opportunity to taste it will be at Gourmet Grazing on the Green on Oct. 7 in Aptos Village Park. (Visit sccbg.org for info.)
“Noble, yet racy. Subtle, yet direct. Sublime, elegant and worthy,” Muccigrosso says of his fine Pinot. “Imagination is the only limitation, but you’ll recognize the telltale black cherry and vanilla notes that dignify Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir,” he adds.
It’s not easy to snag Muccigrosso’s well-made Pinots. His winery is a small operation and his website isn’t always up-to-date. But you can contact Michael’s nephew Travis Muccigrosso-White, who is very involved in the winery, at 408-761-5030. Facebook is another way to get ahold of the winery, and wine can be delivered if ordered by the case. Travis’ email is [email protected]
Muccigrosso Vineyards, 21450 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos, 408-354-0821.
Nourishing Generations Educational Project
Nourishing Generations’ mission is to provide hands-on nutrition, cooking and fitness activities to at-risk children and families, thereby spreading the word about healthy cooking and eating, and the benefits of exercise. An upcoming fundraiser will take place at the MAH, and the event not only promises to be fun and informative, but will also garner much-needed funds for the program. Local chefs, brewers and winemakers will be participating, including Roberto Mendoza, executive chef at Cin-Cin in Los Gatos.
Nourishing Generations appreciates support from the community and the generosity of sponsors such as La Vie Pure Food Collective and Santa Cruz County Bank. Businesses pitch in, such as Live Earth Farm in Watsonville with their weekly donated farm box of fresh vegetables and fruit, connecting children with an awareness for how good fresh produce can taste. The event, which includes a silent auction, is from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 in the beautiful garden space of the Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $40 ($45 at the door). Music is by Eric Morrison and the Mysteries. Visit nourishinggenerations.org for more information, or call 419-0759.