Thirty of us gathered at Café Cruz for a festive lunch during the holidays. Divided into tables of 10 in a private section of the restaurant, we all had a splendid time. Our group had a special menu to choose from with a list of about a half dozen items. My husband loved his Café Cruz Cheeseburger, and I was equally delighted with my grilled local rockfish sandwich. The sandwich is served on a Gayle’s Bakery Francese roll and it’s delicious. Part of getting it right is using good bread, and Café Cruz does just that.
I took along a bottle of Hahn 2019 Pinot Noir to share—nowhere near enough for our table, but at least everybody got a taste. Wine is meant for sharing!
Hahn’s 2019 Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir ($25) is a ruby-red wine with aromas of red cherry, ripe raspberry, toasted oak and subtle hints of roasted coffee. Flavors of red fruit, cherry, vanilla and a touch of spice round out this lovely Pinot.
Hahn established its winery in 1980 in the hills of Monterey County. The family still owns the winery and farms its six certified sustainable estate vineyards. Based in Soledad, with a tasting room in Carmel, Hahn Family Wines is one of the better-known operations in the area.
Visit hahnwines.com for more info.
Burrell School Vineyards’ Wine & Crab Feed
The fifth annual Wine & Crab Feed at Burrell School will be held 1-4pm on Feb. 5 and 6. Back by popular demand, this event features Chef Kyle Davis. Each take-out box includes fresh local crab with garden lemons, homemade clam chowder, fresh sourdough, Caesar salad, crab-themed cupcakes and a bottle of the newly released 2020 Teacher’s Pet Chardonnay ($85 or $140 for two). Add an extra bottle of 2018 Pinot Noir or 2020 Chardonnay for $15. For pickup times and more info, email [email protected]
Burrell School Vineyards, 24060 Summit Road, Los Gatos. 408-353-6290. burrellschool.com.