Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday with our Red, White and Beautiful Three Pack!
For the Red, may we suggest the lively and sassy 2006 Estate Pinot Noir, ideal to serve with anything from spicy chile chicken or venison sausages to convection grilled game hens stuffed with parsley and thyme herbed quinoa and topped with apricot red pepper jam. How about trotting out the timeless 4th of July classic of grilled chicken with bourbon barbecue sauce, served with buttermilk biscuits and honey? Macaroni salad with salami, kalamata olives, roasted red pepper and chopped egg would round out the menu nicely. Let’s not forget the blueberry pie with rum cherry or bourbon vanilla ice cream.
For our White, we present the 2011 Block K1 Estate Chardonnay, a lush and decadently textured wine that will impress even the most diehard of Chardonnay haters. Pair this with smoked whitefish or trout, grilled jalapeno prawns with mango and papaya salsa or enjoy it with a picnic perfect potato salad with chopped fennel, sour cream, apricot chutney, charred leeks and sliced bockwurst topped with parsley and thyme. That’s a fitting way to commemorate our multi-cultural heritage, no?
And certainly Beautiful, is the 2012 Rose of Pinot Noir, perfect with a cedar plank grilled fresh salmon served over baby greens and chilled string beans with a caper berry tartar sauce. Or, for a vegetarian option, how about a grilled leek, artichoke and onion tart made with asiago and muenster cheese?
Whatever the occasion, we have you covered with a remarkable and fun to browse selection of cards, wearable’s, accessories and gifts, from delicious to decadent, and sometimes, both!
Remember: The gift of wine is a gift from nature, and it’s entirely recyclable. Be green: give wine!
A Word from Cheryl Warner:
Why not escape the heat and visit one our favorites, the Crows Nest in Santa Cruz. Located right on the beach the Crows Nest is a California Legend.
Did you know they now serve one of the best breakfasts around, great after that morning beach walk? Lunch and Dinner in the main dining room and seaside decks offer fresh sustainable seafood, flavorful Midwestern beef, and unique daily specials featuring local produce from Santa Cruz farms, or go upstairs for great appetizers and casual meals, dancing, and great entertainment at night.
Did you know that during the summer every Thursday the Crow’s Nest throws a summer Beach party with fun and funky live music and the Crow’s Nest famous bbq, and you can bring the whole family.
Visit the Crows Nest website crowsnest-santacruz.com to see a list of daily specials and featured entertainment…and oh yeah drink some award wining McIntyre Pinot and Chardonnay on your next visit.
From the Grapegrower Steve McIntyre:
Frequently, I am asked what our busiest time of the year is other than harvest. Naturally most people assume harvest is our zenith but actually I would argue that late spring / early summer present the greatest challenges to time management.
Harvest generally requires a singular focus; the sequential process of monitoring ripeness, harvesting and transporting the fruit to the winery. Basically, you are juggling one ball in the air. It is not all that complex but the limited timeframe and perish ability combine to produce the stressful, long days associated with most people’s impressions.
However, starting at bud break our farming staff juggles multiple balls; canopy management, pest and weed control, HR, fertigation, etc., etc., not to mention the fact their families expect them home at night which is something most spouses don’t expect during harvest. I am not complaining but this sure is a crazy time of year!
Notwithstanding the fact we have all the ‘balls’ in the air at the moment, this season is even more hectic thanks to all the great weather and lack of available labor. Currently, we estimate we are 2 weeks ahead of normal which makes it harder to keep up if you can’t find enough help. We are working some crews on Saturday afternoon and Sunday just to get by. Harvest will be here before we know it!