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First Friday This Week – Friday Oct 4th 5-8 p.m.

October 1st, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “First Friday This Week – Friday Oct 4th 5-8 p.m.”

Join us for First Friday Art Tour and meet artist Matt Jones who channels spirit onto canvas. He is a self-taught artist that is inspired by love, surfing, fishing and most of all…music. “Live painting” in the presence of live music is his ultimate inspiration. The music leads him into a meditation which allows him to get out of the way of himself, and become an empty vessel that allows music to channel the universe into art. The more he gives himself to the music the more his paintings come to life with celebrations of vibrant colors and spontaneous movement. He has painted live with many amazing musicians such as India Arie, Brett Dennen, Anthony B, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ziggy and Damion Marley, Eryka Badu, Ani DiFranco and many more. He paints yearly at the Harmony Festival, Earthdance, the High Sierra Music Festival and is open to all opportunities to collaborate art with music.


Sunday August 18, 2-5 pm: Myka Cellars Pouring

August 14th, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “Sunday August 18, 2-5 pm: Myka Cellars Pouring”

Join us this Sunday, meet winemaker Mica Raas.   We will be tasting Mica’s Merlot, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Malbec.  As a micro-winery, Myka Cellars creates artisan, terroir driven wines from sustainable grapes from the heart of the Monterey Bay.  He employs a hands off approach using natural fermentation and gentle handling to let the grapes shine.

A $10 tasting fee will be waived with a bottle purchase.  Lite snacks will be provided.


Sunday August 4th, 2pm-5pm; 37th Parallel Pouring

July 30th, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “Sunday August 4th, 2pm-5pm; 37th Parallel Pouring”


Join us for a Sunday guest winemaker pouring and meet winemaker Les Wright.  37th Parallel became bonded and had their first vintage in 2009.  They are a “micro – winery” trying to make a great wine. They currently make 4 -5 different varietals each year with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their wine palette does, however, include cabernet sauvignon, dolcetto, syrah and merlot. As much as possible they source our grapes from the Santa Cruz mountains. But they are not afraid to venture in to other AVA’s including Napa and Calaveras County. They age most of their wines about 18 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels before bottling.  Lew Wright says, ” We try to stay true to the varietal and do not seek to impose our will on the wine.”  The story of 37th Parallel begins in 1935 or so underneath this small house on Granite Creek Road in Scotts Valley, California built by Giaccomo Thiella after he emigrated from Italy. He carved his own winemaking cellar from shale underneath this house and made zinfandel from his own small vineyard on the property. Over 75 years later, “we’ve tried to pick-up where he left off.” 

Friday August 2nd 5pm – 8pm: First Friday Art Tour featuring the work of WM Vinci & Muns Vineyard pouring

July 30th, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “Friday August 2nd 5pm – 8pm: First Friday Art Tour featuring the work of WM Vinci & Muns Vineyard pouring”

Come join us and meet artist WM Vinci.  We will also have Ed and Mary of  Muns Vineyards here pouring their wonderful wines.

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.

Saturday, July 27th 2-5pm, Kathryn Kennedy Special Event w/ Bill the Oysterman in the house

July 22nd, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “Saturday, July 27th 2-5pm, Kathryn Kennedy Special Event w/ Bill the Oysterman in the house”


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.

Sunday, July 21st, 2pm-5pm; Special Fundraising Event for Katy Lovell’s Family

July 16th, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “Sunday, July 21st, 2pm-5pm; Special Fundraising Event for Katy Lovell’s Family”


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.

Sat., July 20th 2pm-5pm: Big Basin Vineyards Pouring

July 16th, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “Sat., July 20th 2pm-5pm: Big Basin Vineyards Pouring”


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. 

Sat. July 13, 2pm-5pm: Andre Beauregard of West Cliff Wines Pouring

July 12th, 2013 Posted by featured, news 10 thoughts on “Sat. July 13, 2pm-5pm: Andre Beauregard of West Cliff Wines Pouring”

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.


Sat. June 8, 2pm-5pm: Bill Cooper of Cooper-Garrod Vineyards

June 5th, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “Sat. June 8, 2pm-5pm: Bill Cooper of Cooper-Garrod Vineyards”

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.

Sat. May 25: Denis Hooey of Odonata Wines

May 25th, 2013 Posted by featured, news 0 thoughts on “Sat. May 25: Denis Hooey of Odonata Wines”

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.