.Sarah’s Vineyard’s 2018 Madonne

Also, Chaminade’s Vine to View dinner series and the Santa Cruz Mountains Grand Wine Tasting

Tim Slater, owner, grape-grower and winemaker at Sarah’s Vineyard, makes wines from Gewurztraminer to Grinfandel (a blend of Grenache and Zinfandel). See the vineyard’s website for the total list—it’s impressive. 

Sarah’s Vineyard’s 2018 Madonne ($38) is a blend of estate-grown Rhone red varieties, primarily Grenache.
“It is our local effort to emulate the traditional red wines of the southern Rhone Valley,” says Slater, adding that the final cépage is 65% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre and 2% Counoise. Counoise (pronounced Coon-wahz) is a relatively obscure purple-red grape with a spicy character. The result is a delicious blend with dark cherries, raspberries and chocolate on the nose, and delicate floral notes and hints of baking spice and cocoa powder. Blueberry, lavender, vanilla and notes of pepper are an ideal addition to the long finish.

“Pair it with rosemary roast chicken or ratatouille,” Slater recommends. He should know. Slater and his partner Megan spend a lot of time in the kitchen, which led to recipe blog posts on his Sarah’s Vineyard website. 

Sarah’s Vineyard, 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy. 408-847-1947; sarahsvineyard.com.

Chaminade’s Vine to View Dinner Series

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Chaminade’s Vine to View dinner series kicks off on Friday, April 29. Held on the Courtyard Terrace, not only does a beautiful dining experience await you, but also a panoramic view of the Monterey Bay. The first Vine to View dinner features the incredible wines of Beauregard Vineyards. chaminade.com.

Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains Grand Wine Tasting

Several local wineries will be showcasing their best wines on the stunning grounds of the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.
$68 (food available for purchase)/$105 VIP (“grazing box” included). Sunday, April 24, 1-4pm. scmwa.com.

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