Sarah’s Vineyard owner and winemaker Tim Slater makes a fine Albariño. It’s light and lively and ideal for summer sipping. There’s a lot to enjoy with its tasty hints of peach and apricot—and a fruity, citrusy base. It comes with a screw cap, so it’s easy to crack open when you need a refreshing glass of wine.
Albariño is a white wine grape that originated in Spain. It is grown widely in Portugal and is much loved for its botanical aroma, clean, fresh taste and rich fruit flavors. Gaining popularity here at top speed has meant that an abundance of wineries in California and elsewhere are growing acres of Albariño grapes.
The grapes for this new release of Sarah’s Vineyard Albariño ($29) were grown in the rich soil of Davenport Creek Vineyard in Edna Valley.
Sarah’s Vineyard is a beautiful place to visit, especially for one of their summer music concerts with food from local caterers—plus, there’s no cover charge.
Sarah’s Vineyard, 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, 408-847-1947; sarahsvineyard.com.
Looking for fun and fabulous wine-tasting experiences? Then the Vintners Festival is for you. Over 25 spectacular wineries are participating in this event, so it will likely be a weekend full of enjoyment. Organized by Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains, visit their website for #sipsafely protocols, designated driver info and more before purchasing tickets.
Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14. $45/day; $80/two-day pass. winesofthesantacruzmountains.com.
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival
The Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival will feature a Cops ‘n Rodders car show with a “hoods-up” judged event, more than 100 local artists, a “Dog Day” contest and, of course, lots of wine and beer!
Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21. Skypark, Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. svartfestival.com.