Family came into town on one of those rare hot days in Santa Cruz—an ideal time to open up a chilled bottle of Ram’s Gate Sauvignon Blanc. They stopped off at Casa Rossy in Aptos on the way and picked up tamales, enchiladas, rice and beans for lunch. We had wine and food, a perfect combination if ever there was one!
The estate vineyard 2020 Sauvignon Blanc ($38) has a layered nose of honeydew, lychee nut and gooseberry, leading to a textured, focused palate with notes of lemongrass and grapefruit. Refreshing and downright beautiful.
Ram’s Gate says of their wines: “These fresh and compelling wines are inspired by our love of food and community. They are an expression of varietal character and the joy of our favorite meals and celebrations.” That just about says it all.
Ram’s Gate is based in Sonoma and tasting is by appointment only.
Ram’s Gate Winery, 28700 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 707-721-8700. ramsgatewinery.com.
With the departure of Odwalla in August 2020, store shelves have been a bit bereft of good juices. No more Mango Tango or Blueberry Monster from the popular success story that started in Santa Cruz in 1980 and became known far and wide. Greg Steltenpohl, one of the founders, sold his thriving company to Coca-Cola in 2001, but they decided to discontinue the Odwalla brand last year. Another successful local company is Drink La Vie, which makes the most pure and unadulterated juices and superfoods. Some of my favorites are Beet Kvass, Coconut Almond Milk and Mocha Coconut Yogurt from their healthy and nourishing yogurt range. And I love the Turmeric Shots for a zingy morning boost. Founded by Yeyen Gunawan in Santa Cruz, her delicious wellness drinks can be found all over the Bay Area at farmers markets, including most local ones. Visit the website for the full range of products or visit the Drink La Vie store in Watsonville (recently relocated there from Capitola).
Drink La Vie, 170 West Lake Ave., Watsonville, 831-316-0875. drinklavie.com.