Lost Weekend Old Vine Blend
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Beauregard Vineyards’ Lost Weekend Old Vine Field Blend 2020 Represents Survival

Vines that the CZU Lightning Complex fire had surrounded were used to make Lost Weekend

Winemaker Ryan Beauregard’s Lost Weekend Old Vine Field Blend was nearly destroyed in the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex fires. PHOTO: Contributed

Wondering where your weekend went? Well, maybe you need some Lost Weekend wine to ease you back into weekdays. 

Winemaker Ryan Beauregard went through a terrible time when making this old-vine blend. As the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex fires bore down on his property and embers rained from the sky, he feared he would lose everything. 

“The memories are still hard to bear, and it is impossible to convey the emotions that this wine holds for me,” Beauregard says. “It is a reminder of utter fear and uncertainty.”

Fortunately, Beauregard had covered the vats of fermenting grapes (grown in Sandy Lane Vineyard in the San Francisco Bay) with plastic, and miraculously, they were unscathed by the surrounding fires.

“By the sheer muscularity of Zinfandel and Carignan from 135-year-old vines, the wine was also a survivor,” Beauregard says.

He calls it “the wine that made itself.” Brimming with notes of jammy fruit and pepper, the vibrant Lost Weekend blend ($25) is, in a word, special.
“This is a delicious wine with an essence of post traumatic stress disorder,” Beauregard says, with a tone of relief.

In 2008, the Beauregard family purchased an almost-century-old cabin in Bonny Doon known as “the lost weekend”—it’s now the tasting room. They have made many barrels of wine since then, including some outstanding Pinots. 

On Friday, Oct. 8, Beauregard’s Slow Coast Wine Bar in Davenport will feature Sandy Mountain performing from 4:30-7pm.

Beauregard wines are available in local restaurants and stores such as Shopper’s Corner and Vinocruz wine bar in Soquel and Vino by the Sea on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. 

Slow Coast Wine Bar, 450 Highway 1, Davenport; and 10 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz. For more information or reservations, call 831-425-7777 or email [email protected]

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