Food & Drink

Trout Gulch Vineyards

A night-harvested Pinot Noir with big flavor

The Pinot Noir 2013 from Trout Gulch Vineyards pairs wonderfully with hearty fare, such as salmon, pork, chicken, game and even curry dishes.

A visit to the Kuumbwa Jazz Club recently to see Ukrainian singers DakhaBrakha turned into a magical evening. Not only was the group’s performance mesmerizing, but the wine we shared—a Trout Gulch Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013—also added a ton of flavor to the whole experience.

Expertly made by Gerry Turgeon, whose late father Bernie Turgeon was a pioneer in the wine industry, this Pinot is bursting with bold flavors. In fact, it was Bernie who planted the Pinot Noir grapes in the early 1980s on the now-famous Trout Gulch Vineyards in the Aptos foothills.

Grapes for the 2013 Pinot Noir La Source—so named because of the “source” of natural artesian springs that issue from the estate—were night-harvested in early October, yielding 226 cases. Enticing aromas of plums, berries and spices add to the lingering fruity finish of this intense Pinot (around $38).

Turgeon suggests pairing it with hearty fare such as game, chicken, roast pork, wild salmon, curry dishes, and grilled eggplant. Or, try it with some of the excellent fare offered at Kuumbwa.

For info on where to buy locally visit or call 588-9639.

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