September marks the 10th consecutive year that California's Governor has proclaimed September as California Wine Month. "We appreciate the recognition of the wine industry's contributions to our state's economy, culture and lifestyle by Governor Brown," said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute, which created California Wine Month a decade ago. The following are some wine-filled opportunities to experience the celebration in Santa Cruz.
Capitola Art and Wine Festival
The 32nd annual festival brings together over 160 fine artists, 23 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, restaurants, crafts and music, all just steps from the beach. Join the festive weekend on Sept. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Chaminade Resort & Spa provides wine lovers three unique ways to toast the season.
#1 - Indulge overnight with The Grape Escape
Book the Grape Escape package and enjoy wine tasting at one of Chaminade’s preferred wineries. Save 10% on overnight accommodations, including breakfast for two. A waived corkage fee is available for dinner at acclaimed signature restaurant, Linwood’s Bar & Grill.
#2 - Farm to Table Culinary Overnight Package
Farm to Table Wine Dinners are available through October, with September’s dinner featuring Morgan Winery from Monterey County and Summit to Sea Santa Cruz wineries in October. Savor endless wine, a farm fresh five course meal, luxury accommodations and breakfast in the Sunset Restaurant.
#3 - California Wine-down at The Spa at Chaminade
For the whole month of September, The Spa at Chaminade has packaged an 80 minute aromatherapy massage including a choice of aromatherapy blend, and an afternoon of tasting at one of Santa Cruz County’s premiere vineyards. The package, available for the entire month of September for $189, includes a 15% savings. Call 831.465.3465 to schedule an appointment and mention this offer.
Price-crushing bottle offer to celebrate California Wine Month
Linwood’s Bar & Grill will serve a variety of select bottles half-off their normal price during the entire month of September. Open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily, diners enjoy expansive views of Monterey Bay and the city of Santa Cruz. Food and Beverage Director Casey Dakessian has chosen these Santa Cruz wines as part of the celebration. Discount is applied.
Cooper-Garrod Gravel Ridge, Santa Cruz Mountains, 2009 $24
Hunter Hill, Santa Cruz Mountains, 2013 $29
Burrell School, Santa Cruz Mountains, 2008 $32
Other wine areas are represented, featuring wines by Clos Du Bois, Far Niente, ZD Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, Mirassou and Alexander Valley Vineyards. To learn more, call the resort directly at 831.475.5600 or email Chaminade for more info.
Buy a Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
For the ultimate experience, become a part of the sought-after lifestyle of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine-growing community by purchasing a vineyard! According to realtor Tom Brezsny, "Terra Serena (Woodruff Family Vineyard) is a golden opportunity to experience quality of life, amortized over a lifetime." Explore Terra Serena Vineyard and the Corralitos Wine Trail further by accessing more photos, aerial views, specific wine and vine information and a wealth of additional information about Santa Cruz Mountain wines/winegrowers.
To arrange for a private showing contact Tom Brezsny at the Sereno Group. 831.818.14311
By June Smith