.Rombauer Vineyards

Rich and silky pinot noir

Pinot Noir 2021

Rombauer wines are known all over California and far beyond. Makers of fine wines, their excellent reputation is well deserved.

“You will find our 2021 Rombauer Pinot Noir to be rich and silky,” say the folks at this prestigious winery in Napa. The Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot ($65) is also vibrant with red fruit flavors, subtle notes of earthiness and warm spice.

Rombauer ends by saying “As with all our wines, this Pinot Noir is a reflection of our belief that the joy of wine lies in the pleasure of sharing it with family and friends.”

Rombauer Vineyards, 3522 Silverado Trail North, St. Helena, 866-280-2582. rombauer.com

Lester Estate Wines Sundowner Concerts 

Friday evening Sundowner Concerts are happening throughout the summer at Lester Estate Wines featuring fun local bands. Pack a picnic or purchase food from the featured local vendor. The events are 5-8pm. Dates and vendors are:

July 5: The Joint Chiefs—food by Epoch Eats

August 4: Flor de Cana—food by Mezcla Columbian Eats

September 1: Hank and Ella with the Fine Country Band—food by Casa de Humo BBQ

Wine will be available for sale by the glass and bottle. $15 per person—redeemable for your first glass of wine on the day of the event. Reservations are recommended.

Lester Estate Wines, 2000 Pleasant Valley Road, Aptos. 831-728-3793. deerparkranch.com

Papa’s Favorite Smoothies

Longtime Santa Cruz resident Gabriel Constans’ new book is called Papa’s Favorite Smoothies. It contains 32 healthy and delicious recipes with wonderful illustrations by Jane Cornwell. This is your go-to guide for making nourishing drinks such as the Blue Beauty (with blueberries, bananas, protein powder, yogurt, watermelon and nut cereal). Available on Amazon, Kindle and at Bookshop Santa Cruz.


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