A fun aspect of doing a wine tasting at the Annieglass studio in Watsonville is that you get to do a factory tour as well.
Such was the case when we participated in a tour and tasting—with Ser Winery featured and winemaker Nicole Walsh on hand pouring her excellent wines. One that caught my attention was Walsh’s spirited Rosé of Nebbiolo 2015 ($20)—a gorgeous salmon-hued beauty with an abundance of exotic fruity notes. Aromas of passionfruit, mango and guava give this Rosé a tropical edge with some nuanced earthy flavors. It’s a good summer wine to keep on hand—and it comes with a screw cap, so it’s easy to open up.
As glass artist Annie Morhauser leads a little group on a tour of her studio, we glide around the factory floor, glass of Ser wine in hand, marveling at her imagination and expertise in creating such stunning designs. Morhauser’s Annieglass sells nationally and worldwide, and her company has gained international recognition.
Annieglass’ delightful wine-tasting events are held most weekends. Coming up from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18 is a wonderful pairing: Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard will be pouring Grenache Blanc, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon—with delicious chocolates by Ashby Confections.
And mark your calendars for July 30 when Annieglass will be holding its special Annie-versary party celebrating 20 years in Watsonville and 33 years in business. There will be food trucks and beer with all proceeds going to local nonprofit Digital NEST.
Ser Wine Company, serwinery.com 901-7806.
Annieglass store and studio is at 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville. 761-2041. annieglass.com
Summit Wineries Vintners Festival
The Summit Wineries, which includes Burrell School, Silver Mountain, Villa del Monte, Wrights Station, Muns Vineyard, and the Summit Store will be putting on their fifth annual Solstice on the Summit Vintners Festival from noon to 5 p.m. June 18 & 19. Muns Vineyard will be pouring at the Summit Store on June 19. Food will be served and tickets are $25. Visit the summitwineries.com for more info.