The Lost Weekend–2009 California Red Blend
At Gourmet Grazing on the Green last month—the cancer benefit held annually in Aptos Village Park—one of the wineries pouring was Beauregard Vineyards. Ryan Beauregard and his wife Rachel are always ready to donate to the community, and they had brought along a selection of their fine wines that day.
One of their wines that caught my interest was a snappy little California red blend called The Lost Weekend—which could come true if one should happen to imbibe too much!
Very reasonably priced at $18, this new release of The Lost Weekend STB (Super Tuscan-style Blend) 2009 is a blend of 80 percent Sangiovese, 16 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 percent Durif—and inspired by Beauregard’s admiration for the wines from Northern Italy.
Beauregard’s house red blend is dedicated to their registered historic landmark tasting room, formerly known as The Lost Weekend Saloon. The winery says this building has hosted “forward-thinking characters” in Bonny Doon’s mountain community since the early 1900s. That’s a touch of history worth noting, right there!
Beauregard Vineyards, 10 Pine Flat Road, Bonny Doon, 425-7777. beauregardvineyards.com. The Tasting Room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An Evening of Wine & Roses is a splendid event put on annually by the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust to help support their health care mission. This benefit wine and food festival takes place with the cooperation of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, and those who attend will get to taste some of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation’s best wines. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres are served from area restaurants and caterers. There will also be silent and live auctions with wonderful things to bid on. The event takes place on Friday, Nov. 4 from 6-9 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Info: 761-5639 or pvhealthtrust.org.
Pino Alto Restaurant
Jazz-N-Juice is the next special event to be put on by the Cabrillo College Pino Alto Restaurant. This harvest celebration, featuring a six-course dinner paired with the superb wines of Surf City Vintners will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27. Taste the crush of different varietals, drink corresponding wines, taste deliciously paired dishes, listen to great melodic jazz—and have a good time, too. The Pino Alto Restaurant is in the historic Sesnon House, 6500, Soquel Drive, Aptos. Info: pinoaltorestaurant.org.