Ever tried wine flavored with a smidgeon of bourbon? Well, that’s what you get when you sip on Buck Shack Red Blend. Its full title is Ye Old Genuine Bona Fide Buck Shack Red Blend ($25).
Yes, folks, there’s a touch of bourbon in every swig; this bold and rustic red is aged in old bourbon barrels. You just have to try it for yourselves to experience all of the nuances of a good wine—with a tad of Kentucky’s pride and joy.
The Shannon Family of Wines, based in Kelseyville, California, is behind the Buck Shack Red Blend. The wines are named after the 100-year-old skinning shed on their property, “Ye Old Buck Shack.” Their wines are for “rollicking good times,” not “restrained, erudite conversations.” shannonfamilyofwines.com.
Angel’s Envy Bourbon
Speaking of bourbon, Deer Park Wine & Spirits in Aptos carries two bourbons by renowned Angel’s Envy, an exceptional Kentucky straight bourbon from the creators of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and others. It’s finished in port wine barrels. deerparkwines.com.
Good Earth Tea Company
Good Earth Tea was founded in Santa Cruz in 1972. Although no longer based here, their products are still available, including a few new ones: Tropical Mango & Moringa (biodegradable tea bags); Ginger Turmeric & Lemon (biodegradable tea bags); Sweet & Spicy (caffeine-free); Sweet & Spicy Chamomile (caffeine-free); and their 50th Anniversary Chai, a flavored black tea. goodearth.com.
Grab Your Growler
Stockwell Cellars offers growlers for $15-$20 for refills. If it’s not sold out, the Rosé of Grenache is a sure-fire hit. Weekly wine selections change, so check their website before you go.
Stockwell Cellars, 1100 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. 831-818-9075; stockwellcellars.com.
We are fortunate that the Cabrillo College stage is still going strong. This summer’s productions include Grease (June 23-July 10) and Candide (July 21-Aug. 14). cabrillostage.com.