How about we kick off the new year by honoring the workers who toil in the vineyards to make sure we have wine on our table? These would be the “heroes” of the fields, hence the name of the label—Héroe in Spanish.
Proceeds from sales of Héroe wines are donated to the Gold Coast Chapter of the Flying Samaritans—a volunteer organization which operates free medical clinics in Baja California, Mexico. Comprised of doctors, nurses and caring individuals, they offer free medical services to remote villages and people who could otherwise not afford care.
On a visit to Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden last year, we had a wonderful afternoon of tasting their wines, including a 2019 Héroe Viognier ($25). Orange blossoms, white peach, cantaloupe and citrus grapefruit flavors spring from the glass in this luscious earthy-spice wine. “It’s exuberant and perfumed, and fills the air with aromas of tropical goodness,” say the folks at Sculpterra.
“This delightful wine should drink well through 2025,” they add. “And thank you for your support and patience as we make the most of every day with wine that gladdens the heart.”
The new label of Héroe currently consists of a Viognier, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Primitivo—all designed to be fruit driven and easy drinking. All are $25 and come with easy-to-open screw caps.
Sculpterra is a wonderful place to visit. And if you buy a bottle of Héroe wine, you’ll be doing some good in this world.
Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles. 888-302-8881, sculpterra.com.
Casa Rossy’s Tamales
Tamales over the Christmas holidays are very popular. Walking by the new Casa Rossy: House of Tamales, we decided to order some. This casual little hole-in-the-wall restaurant next to Manuel’s in Aptos offers pork, chicken, elote (ground corn), and cheese and jalapeno for $30 a dozen. They’re all homemade and delicious. Casa Rossy also makes hearty breakfasts and traditional Mexican food such as burritos, tacos and quesadillas.
Casa Rossy, 257 Center Ave., Aptos. 831-661-5736, tacqueriacasarossy.com.