.Holiday Wines

Trinity Rosso 2021

A fabulous wine to have on hand for the coming spring holidays  is Soquel Vineyards’ Trinity Rosso.

This full-throttle red wine is an amalgam of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. For the reasonable price of $16, what you get is a rich mouthfeel and soft tannins – along with a ripe blackberry flavor. “The length is elegant with sweet, creamy French and American oak,” say the folks at Soquel Vineyards.

Another red wine by Soquel Vineyards I would recommend is their 2015 Pyramid. A blend of 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 8% Petit Verdot, this is a beautiful Bordeaux-style blend with lush notes of blackberry, licorice and tobacco. This wine is $50, and perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Soquel Vineyards has a warm and welcoming tasting room. It has been voted Best Winery many times by Good Times readers, including for the Best Of awards of 2023.

Soquel Vineyards, 8063 Glen Haven Road, Soquel, 831-462-9045. Soquelvineyards.com

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