.Jacuzzi Family Vineyards’ Merlot 2012

The family name “Jacuzzi” is known far and wide—famous for manufacturing the Jacuzzi spa. But did you know that the family also owns a winery?
In the early 1900s, seven Jacuzzi brothers, their six sisters, spouses, children, and parents Giovanni and Teresa, made the journey from Italy to America. Although the family was initially in the propeller business, their most widespread invention, of course, is the Jacuzzi spa. Early on, one of the brothers planted vineyards and produced wines for the family—the source of the family’s now-thriving wine business and upscale tasting room in Sonoma.
On a trip to Sonoma with my friend Carrie, who was visiting from France, we stopped at Jacuzzi for a tasting (which is free) and left with several bottles of wine, a wine tote bag, an Italian ceramic butter dish, a chopping board, spoons, and more. Their gift shop is brimming with irresistible items.
One of the wines I purchased that day, a 2012 Sonoma Coast Merlot, was on sale for $15—an absolute bargain for this well-made wine loaded with chocolate cherry flavors, baking spice and silky tannins. The Jacuzzi family suggests you pair it with rich bold flavors such as spaghetti Bolognese—what else!?
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 707-931-7575. jacuzziwines.com.

Tahiti Cruise with Silver Mountain Vineyards

It’s time to start planning your vacation for next year. Have you thought of a wine cruise? On March 10, 2017 you can sail on the 148-passenger Wind Spirit from Papeete, Tahiti, visiting beautiful islands such as Bora Bora and Moorea. There will be a special wine-pairing lunch with Silver Mountain founder/owner Jerold O’Brien and a private reception, available only if you book with the Silver Mountain Vineyards group. For rates and more information contact Michael J. Hyman of Travel Advisors of Los Gatos: 408-355-0383 or email of****@si*******.com.

Deer Park Wine & Spirits

Deer Park Wines & Spirits has a new website, so now you can easily check their special offers and events, especially the $3 wine tastings from 3-7 p.m. every Friday. In the Deer Park Shopping Center at 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd., #27, Aptos, 688-1228. Visit deerparkwines.com for info.


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