W. M. Vinci’s captivating acrylic abstracts bring a new sophistication to collisions of color and texture. Vinci describes his goal as wanting to “bridge the gap between art and science,” and to that end his process is markedly physical and individualized. He prepares surfaces with sand, metal, fibers, salt, wood, and many other materials, and keeps a close watch over the viscosity and temperature of his paints. Vinci then conducts his disparate elements as tightly as a symphony, with just as much complexity, divergence, and convergence. Saturated colors, splattering, washes, calligraphic characters, geometric shapes, and even recognizable objects are all interwoven. Though dense layers of imagery are Vinci’s specialty, he is not afraid to adjust or reign in his methods for a particular aesthetic. His body of work contains both lively paintings that recall Abstract Expressionism, and meticulously formed images that focus on the interaction between a single meandering line and one color. W.M. Vinci was born in Indianapolis and today lives in California. He often takes inspiration from his surroundings, including Yosemite and Big Sur.
In celebration of Kathryn Kennedy’s birthday, Vinocruz is hosting a very special tasting and bottle sale. Plus, we will have Bill the Oysterman in the shop shucking his delicious oyster for you to enjoy…oh, and there will be the Saturday Art Market in Abbott Square to check out.
We will be offering Kathryn Kennedy’s 2002 vintage Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine available by the glass (rarely offered by the glass) and we will have bottles available for purchase that day at deep discount from the regular retail price. This sparkling wine spent 10 years on the lees before it was disgorged and bottled and is drinking exceptionally well. Here is a great opportunity to enjoy some excellent sparkling wine, slurp a few oysters and stock up on a few bottles for your next celebration.
Please join us for a special tasting of Poetic Cellars wines at Vinocruz to benefit the family of late winemaker, Katy Lovell, who lost her brave battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this month. Come join us from 2pm til 5pm to taste and purchase these great Poetic Cellars wines: 2011 Masquerade, 09 Mourvedre, 08 Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot, 07 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2007 Syrah. Wine and food pairing, $20. Live auction to benefit Katy’s family, includes magnums, SCMWA event tickets, lunches and dinners from local restaurants. Winemaker Katy Lovell of Poetic Cellars was one of only two women winemakers in the Santa Cruz Mountains: she was a pioneer and a trailblazer who could handle a forklift as easily as she could her sewing machine. She did everything from pruning the vines, to hauling the grapes to running the presses. Katy was also a single mother of 3 children, ages 18, 21 and 23. Until July 10, 2013, she waged a brave battle against pancreatic cancer, following a two-year struggle with Lyme disease.
Poetic Cellars was the fulfillment of her dream to make wines as contemplative and beautiful as her weavings and quilts. After completing her degree in music studies at Oberlin College, Katy pursued a career as a concert flutist, then, after an injury to her hand, turned to pottery and weaving, becoming an accomplished fabric artist before turning to full-time winemaking in the mid 1990’s. She studied winemaking at Davis, after which she founded Rios-Lovell winery in Livermore with her former partner, Max Rios, the father of her children. A woman of uncommon grace, grit, and generosity, nothing got her down, except pancreatic cancer. It’s probably the only thing that could have killed her incredible spirit. Yet, she braved it all with her trademark glowing smile and her charming wit. She was truly one of a kind. A series of benefits are being held on her family’s behalf over the next few weeks.
Come experience the wines of Big Basin Vineyards. These big, beautiful Rhone varietals never tasted better. Bradley Brown, winemaker and proprietor, says of Big Basin; “Our mission is to create wines that reveal the complex nuances of the vineyards that inspire them – cool climate, ocean-influenced, mountain vineyards. To this end, we spend long hours in our vineyard to insure that the grapes we grow represent the fullest expression of the vineyard and vintage. Our vineyards are planted on steep, windswept hillsides where French immigrants first grew wine grapes nearly 100 years ago. We are passionately dedicated to our vineyards, farm organically and keep yields very low. The steep hillsides, cooling ocean breezes and fog, and mountain soils promote the development of color and complex flavors. By keeping the yields very low and harvesting small sections of the vineyard at perfect ripeness, we strive to achieve the most important part of winemaking – great fruit.” $10 tasting fee waived with a bottle purchase. Lite snacks will be provided.
Join us to meet winemaker Andre Beauregard and taste his new release Rose of Syrah, his current release Syrah and a special barrel tasting of his latest project. Andre carries on the family tradition with his label; West Cliff Wines.
Andre credits his early success to his mentor (and older brother), Beauregard Vineyards winemaker Ryan Beauregard. But rather than the Santa Cruz Mountains, Andre gets his grapes from a warm valley in the North Coast AVA, about eight miles from Napa. “(Beauregard Vineyards) wine is the ultimate wine-connoisseur wine,” Andre said. “I’m just trying to produce a wine that’s really going to over-deliver for the price.”
West Cliff’s Rosé of Syrah is a cocktail wine for early courses, Andre said, best paired with seafood, salads, deli meat and antipasto. The syrah with stand up to anything.
George Cooper and Louise Garrod, Bill Cooper’s great-grandparents, started growing Cabernet Sauvignon in 1973 with cuttings from the Paul Masson Vineyard, given to them by the legendary Martin Ray. Over the next 20 years George Cooper learned a lot about winemaking from Ray and other neighbors in and around the ‘Chaine d’Or,’ and in 1993 Cooper-Garrod began producing commercially.
Since Bill Cooper returned to his childhood home above Saratoga, he has continued his family’s legacy, making the highest quality wines, sourced entirely from the estate, with a growing commitment to sustainability and organic methods.
Join us Saturday afternoon to meet Bill and taste some of his finest.
Denis Hooey of Odonata Wines will be here Saturday, May 25 from 2pm-5pm to pour some of his hand-crafted wine. Denis, a UCSC alum, apprenticed with winemaker Jeff Emery, of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, and Rick Anzalone, who has been growing grapes in these parts for 30 years.
In addition to serving as production manager for Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Denis produces a limited production 1,000 cases per year for his own label.
According to Odonata, Denis “blends old world methods with new-world technique to make nouveau-style wines. He strives to produce wines that are rich, textured, and balanced, and that respect terroir and varietal character.”
Please join us to meet Denis and taste some of his finest.
Frederick William is an artisanal producer of fine wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They ferment very limited quantities of varietals of field blends that they love, selected from small vineyards and from lots of consistently producing high quality fruit, resulting in very interesting and layered wines.
Frederick William wines are chameleon like and ever changing in the glass. Their wines will delight your senses over the course of a meal or an entire evening. Their wines are only offered direct to the consumer and to a small select group of restaurants and purveyors of fine wines.
We invite you to experience their sensory delights to the eye, nose and pallet. We hope you find their wines as pleasurable as we do!
You will be tasting a selection that includes 2008 & 2009 Cabernet Sauvignons, 2009 & 2010 Syrahs and a 2008 Merlot. Tasting fee of $10 will be waived with a bottle purchase. Lite snacks will be provided. See you there!
Come join us on Saturday Dec. 15th for a winemaker pouring for Sensorium Wines from 2-5pm!
Sensorium Wines was founded in 2002 by winemaker Jeff Ritchey and owners Lee Ritchey and John Zasio.
Sensorium’s award-winning winemaker, was previously winemaker at Clos LaChance Winery in San Martin, California. With his guidance, Clos LaChance increased production from 10,000 to 30,000 cases and built a new, state-of-the-art, 30,000-square-foot winery. Jeff’s wines have won numerous awards and acclaim from critics and the press. As a consultant, Jeff’s expertise has served several wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountain and Monterey areas.
Jeff holds a Master of Science degree in Enology from UC Davis, one of the world’s leading schools for enology and viticulture.
Sunday, December 9th 2-5p.m.
Poetic Cellars will be pouring in Vinocruz. Come meet winemaker Katy Lovell and taste her most recent releases. You may know Katy’s lovely Mourvedre. Come discover some of her other treasures. Nominal tasting fee waived with bottle purchase. Lite snacks will be provided. Take a break from Holiday shopping and relax with Katy and her wines.