Food & Drink

Corralitos Wine Company

Wine-1548-shutterstock 252560980Holiday sale on cases of this easy-drinking Rio Del Rhône

Rio Del Rhône Rouge (2010) is a red-wine blend made by the Corralitos Wine Company. It’s an easy-drinking wine that pairs well with most foods. I cracked open a bottle very recently to have with a portobello mushroom sandwich. By the time I had piled the sandwich high with lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayo, and mustard, this delicious veggie dish needed a hefty glass of wine to go with it. And the robust Rio Del Rhone was perfect.

A blend of 97 percent Syrah and 3 percent Viognier from Tehama County, these two Rhône-based varietals harmonize together beautifully. The end result is an impressive mouthful of red wine with an emphasis of floral notes from the Syrah.

Corralitos Wine Company is a collaborated effort by experienced and dedicated winegrowers who craft small lots of unique high-quality wine and sell directly to their customers. Right now, they are having an amazing sale on the Rio Del Rhône Rouge—and it’s a good time to stock up so you don’t run short on wine over the holidays. The Rio Del Rhône Rouge usually sells for $269 for a case of 12, but the sale price through Christmas is $180 per case (sold only by the case). Contact Rob at 254-1617 or email [email protected]“>[email protected]. The tasting room in Aptos is open by appointment.


Wine Club of the Santa Cruz Mountains

If you don’t know which local wines to try next or you want to ship out a gift, then the Wine Club of the Santa Cruz Mountains, run by Shannon Torres, former director of operations for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, makes it easy. Check online for a list of the wines offered, and you can always contact Torres for any assistance with selection. Wines are hand-picked by professionals in the Santa Cruz Mountains wine industry. A wonderful opportunity to try something new from the area. For more information visit or email [email protected].


Winemaker’s Dinner

The next winemaker’s dinner at Casa Nostra Ristorante in Ben Lomond is Wednesday, Dec. 9 and will feature Scratch Wines. These dinners are held outdoors, with farm-table-style seating under a canopy—and with plenty of heaters to keep you toasty. Tickets are $65. Info:

OUR CUPS RUNNETH OVER When stocking up on wine for the holidays, keep it local and shop the deals.

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