For a mere $15, you can get a terrific bottle of 2017 Pinot Grigio from Soquel Vineyards. Medium-bodied and richly textured, this easy-drinking white wine is good to have on hand for the rest of summer and into fall.
Winery owner partners Peter and Paul Bargetto (who are twins) and Jon Morgan say, “This is our first venture into making Pinot Grigio, and it’s a great one. Full of floral aromas with notes of pear, apple and grapefruit, and a clean citrus finish, our Pinot Grigio is elegant, refined and true to varietal characteristics.” It’s also richly textured, and pairs well with poultry and seafood. With its easy-to-open screw cap, it can be your go-to bottle.
A recent visit to Soquel Vineyards’ welcoming tasting room and beautiful outdoor patio led me to the tasty Pinot Grigio—a refreshing libation with its tangy and layered mouthfeel. Many of Soquel Vineyards’ wines have won gold medals, and I think the Pinot Grigio deserves one, too.
Soquel Vineyards is a delightful place to visit—and to be surrounded by lush vines as you take in the view of the Monterey Bay.
Soquel Vineyards, 8063 Glen Haven Road, Soquel, 462-9045. soquelvineyards.com
Taste of Carmel
Taste of Carmel is an action-packed food and wine event featuring something for every palate. With a theme of “Wild Wild Fest,” you can bring out your Western gear and have a down-home good time. The event is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Carmel Mission Courtyard, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel.
Visit tasteofcarmel.org for more info.
Farm-to-Table Dinner at Chaminade
There’s still time to get tickets for the last of Chaminade’s al fresco farm-to-table dinners on Friday, Sept. 28. This one features the wonderful wines of Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery, with ultra-fresh produce from Route 1 Farms. Hors d’oeuvres are served at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $86 per person, plus tax and gratuity. An abundance of good food is served, with plenty of wine to accompany every course.
Chaminade Resort and Spa, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, 475-5600. chaminade.com.