Most lovers of Santa Cruz Mountains wines know Martin Ranch Winery. Owners Thérèse and Dan Martin have been in the biz for more than 25 years—and their wines only get better.
They now make wine under three labels: Martin Ranch, J.D. Hurley and Soulmate. J.D. Hurley’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a splendid example of a full-bodied Cab.
Robust and brimming with dark-fruit aromas, this Santa Cruz Mountains Cab ($30) won a gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition, and a silver in 2021. Awash with ripe cherry and plum flavors, then “kissed with soft, balanced tannins,” the winemakers suggest pairing it with blue cheese, all grilled meats or a mushroom risotto.
The Martins operate a delightful tasting room in the bucolic hills of Gilroy. Both Thérèse and Dan are hands-on winemakers, along with “harvest-to-bottle” wine-production assistant David Dockendorf.
And in case you’re wondering if there will be enough varieties to taste at the winery, Martin Ranch also makes Merlot, Nebbiolo, Carignane, Malbec, Syrah, Sangiovese, Mourvèdre, Viognier, and Chardonnay, That should cover you for an afternoon of tasting!
Martin Ranch Winery, 6675 Redwood Retreat Road, Gilroy. 408-842-9197, martinranchwinery.com.
Santa Cruz Fish Co.
Santa Cruz Fish Company’s Salmon Surf Burgers are made in Santa Cruz County using Mt. Cook freshwater king salmon. These delicious gourmet burgers are top-shelf, using some of the best-tasting premium salmon in the world. The company is doing a Summer Sampler Box for $99, as well as a BBQ Grilling Box for $199, both with free shipping. Visit santacruzfishco.com or email [email protected] for more info.
Wine Tasting at Seascape Sports Club
Seascape Sports Club has started up its popular series of wine-tasting Fridays from 5:30-7pm. Taste the wonderful wines of Soquel Vineyards (four different ones) as you listen to live music and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres. The event is open to members and nonmembers. Cost is $25 and you can pay at the door.