.Organic Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

With the next full moon coming up on June 20, maybe it’s time to stock up on a bit of Sweet Love! Holman Ranch has just what you’re looking for.
We recently stopped by their tasting room in Carmel Valley and I was totally smitten with the 2013 Sweet Love—a luscious estate-grown Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc that has passion in every drop. Only 180 cases were made of this Sauterne-inspired dessert wine—a perfect blend of sweet and tart. This is powerful nectar, indeed.
Although dessert wines are mainly meant to pair with dessert, I prefer a sweet wine paired with a slice of crisp apple or a piece of cheese. With an elixir such as Holman’s Sweet Love ($30 for a 375-milliliter bottle), it’s simply delightful to enjoy on its own or with some very dark semi-sweet chocolate. And, of course, you don’t have to wait for a full moon to open it up.
Holman Ranch also makes Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rosé of Pinot Noir. No herbicides or pesticides are used on the fruit, and it is all certified sustainable and organic. Also, don’t miss their Extra Virgin Estate Olive Oil and house-fermented Red Wine Vinegar. The vast estate’s vineyards, olive groves, stables and breathtaking 360-degree views of the Santa Lucia Mountains make it a popular setting for weddings and corporate events.
Holman Ranch Tasting Room, 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Suite C, Carmel Valley, 659-2640. holmanranch.com.

La Vita Release Party

It’s that time of year again when Bargetto Winery unveils its special release of La Vita wine. The event is 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5 and the cost is $25 ($20 for wine club members), which includes a souvenir wine glass. Light appetizers will be served and Bargetto’s other award-winning wines. The beneficiary of sales of the 2012 La Vita will be revealed at the event, and there’s always the impressive label artwork to admire as well. For reservations: 475-2258 ext. 10 or email lh****@ba******.com.
Bargetto Winery, 3535 N. Main St., Soquel, 475-2258. bargetto.com.


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