The 2017 Private Reserve Napa Valley Zephyr ($145) is outstanding. You can’t go wrong with this magnificent wine if you want to enhance your Thanksgiving table or any other holiday event, for that matter.
In Greek mythology, Zephiros (Ζέφυρος) was the gentle god of the west wind and messenger of spring. He now brings a wine that can be drunk by mere mortals—not just reserved for Greek gods.
Zephyr is a sensual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Cabernet Franc (12%), Merlot (7%) and Petit Verdot (1%). It brings to the table exquisite flavors of blackberry cobbler and brown sugar notes, hints of chocolate and coffee—with layers of dark cherry and black currant on the palate and bold silky tannins.
“The full-bodied finish will allow you to lay it down for many years,” winemaker Gary Gott says.
Davis Estates’ wines are in demand and sell out quickly. If that’s the case with the 2017 Zephyr, keep an eye out for their next release or try some other estate wines. Beyond the vino, the winery is a beautiful spot to visit. Guests can enjoy incredible scenery, including a 50-foot “new-antique” windmill while relaxing on a porch swing. Davis also offers superb wine and food pairings. It’s time to pamper yourself!
Davis Estates, 4060 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707-942-0700, davisestates.com.
Bread & Butter Pinot Grigio
Balanced and bright, the newly released 2021 Pinot Grigio has classic fresh notes of white floral, lemon and peach. It comes with a screw cap and can be found for under $20. breadandbutterwines.com.
Lúpulo Showcases Tilquin Beers
Tilquin is one of the most-respected breweries in Belgium. Lúpolo, the only location in California—there are 20 in the U.S.—will host a special event to highlight 10 of Tilquin’s delicious fruit beers. The gathering is open to all—21 and over—on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11:30am. VIP tickets are sold out.
Lúpolo Craft Beer House, 233 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz; 831-454-8306, lúpolosc.com.