.Alfaro Vineyards’ Albarino

It’s hard to keep up with all of the different varietals that winemaker Richard Alfaro is producing these days. And his wines sell out so quickly. As of writing this, Richard and his wife Mary Kay Alfaro still have plenty of their estate Albarino 2015, made with grapes from the Ryan Spencer Vineyard, named after the Alfaros’ son.

A dry and zesty white wine, Richard produced 71 cases of Albarino after aging it for three months in neutral oak. Pale straw in color with a medium body, “it boasts the stone-fruit flavors of peach and apricot, but finishes with bright acidity,” the Alfaros say.

Originating in Spain and Portugal, the Albarino grape produces a highly aromatic wine that pairs well with seafood and spicy cuisines like Asian, Thai and Cajun.

Although most people don’t walk in the door after work and pour themselves a glass of Albarino, it is gaining in popularity and is becoming quite trendy, in fact. With its sturdy acidity and rather high alcohol content, it’s a versatile white to enjoy on its own as well as with food.

My husband and I were in Spain recently, staying with friends in their 100-year-old farmhouse. They cooked many a splendid dinner for us, and we all drank copious amounts of Albarino (Spanish wines are so inexpensive) – before, during and after dinner. I appreciate this varietal more than ever.

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The Albarino sells for about $25 at Alfaro’s tasting room—an upbeat place to visit with an energetic vibe. You’ll have a great time, for sure.

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery, 420 Hames Road, Corralitos, 728-5172. alfarowine.com.

Grand Opening of SweetSurf Party Room

SweetSurf Party Room is all set up to help you host a party in their new quarters—with Marianne’s and Polar Bear ice cream companies combined. “We are ready for your next birthday party, business meeting or team celebration! Let’s party!” says co-owner Mary Cody. They also do outside functions, of course. SweetSurf Catering, 1020 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 687-9220. Visit sweetsurfcatering.com to check out their flavorful offerings.


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