Food & Drink

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery’s Bright Rosé of Pinot Noir

Plus, the Taste of Terroir dinner series returns

The 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir from Alfaro Family Vineyards features bright acidity and subtle fruit aromas. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALFARO FAMILY VINEYARDS

Yet another wonderful Rosé this way comes—and perfect timing as the weather leaves spring behind and inches into summer.

Grown, produced and bottled by Alfaro Family Vineyards, the 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir is light and refreshing—and good value for $25 at the winery. Grapes are sourced entirely from Alfaro’s estate vineyard in Corralitos, with fruit whole-cluster pressed into a steel tank to undergo fermentation and then aged in neutral oak.

This delightful Rosé, with its bright acidity and subtle aromas of watermelon, strawberries and raspberries, pairs well with salmon, other seafood, and veggie skewers on the barbecue. I enjoyed it with some Camembert and Saint André cheese on plain crackers, which enables the wine to reveal all its nuances. Only 250 cases were made of this very drinkable Rosé. You deserve some!

Alfaro Family Vineyard and Winery, 420 Hames Road, Watsonville. 831-728-5172, alfarowine.com.

Twisted Roots Vineyard Music on the Patio

Twisted Roots in Carmel Valley is launching its Summer Music on the Patio series over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31, running through Labor Day on Sept. 6. Visit twistedrootsvineyard.com/events for details and musical performers.

Taste of Terroir Dinner Series

A special farm-to-table dinner at Big Basin Vineyards, featuring their wines, will be prepared by Brad Briske of Home restaurant on June 27. Tickets are $145 (or $135 prior to June 1). This is the first of the Taste of Terroir dinner series. The others are July 24 at Wrights Station Vineyard, Aug. 29 at Lester Estate and Nov. 6 at Eden Estate. Visit scmwa.com/tasteofterroir for info.

Let There Be Gyro!

Let there be gyro—and spanakopita, dolmathes and baklava, and other delicious Greek food, including lamb gyro and beef gyro. It’s all coming to Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday, May 29. Food will be cooked and ready to go, so you can preorder online and simply pick it up. And why not get some Greek beer to go with your order? Visit the website at livelikeagreek.com.


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