There is a lot going on at Annieglass this weekend — first up, tonight is First Friday in Santa Cruz. First Friday, for those of you who may not know, is a free event where artists exhibit and promote their work. Businesses, exhibit halls and organizations in participating Downtown Santa Cruz, Harvey West, Westside Santa Cruz and Tannery Arts Center serve as venues to connect art lovers directly with artists and the art that they exhibit. The event happens on the First Friday of every month, rain or shine. This is a great opportunity to see new art and meet new artists in friendly, casual settings. It’s a wonderful event and we are always thrilled to participate. This week we are welcoming handbag designer Stella Page from 5:30 to 6:30 in our Santa Cruz store.
And in Watsonville we have our Pours and Tours. You can take a tour of our workshops and see how Annieglass is made and discover the craftsmanship that goes into every piece. Our free Studio Tours are at Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30 am & 2:00 pm and are are approximately 20 minutes long —all walking. Take a tour and receive 10% off your same-day purchase of Annieglass. Reservations can be made (831) 761-2041 x21 or online: firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
And for the Tours part of the day, we host local Wine Tastings Friday and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Pouring Santa Cruz and Monterey County Wines. You can taste all 6 wines for $10 or 3 wines for $6. Buy a bottle to take home and tasting fee is waived
We are currently pouring:
Graham Beck Estate Brut NV $16
This is World Class “méthode champenoise” from South Africa. Pinot and chardonnay grapes are handpicked at a low brix (19% and 20% respectively), then whole bunch pressed, and barrel-fermented separately before being blended along with reserve wines. The cuvee is then bottle fermented for 15-18 months. Yeasty and fresh lime aromas, rich and creamy complexity on the palate. Exceptionally fine and persistent mousse, for freshness and finesse. An elegant addition to your Holiday at a value price!
Joullian Chardonnay – $22/bottle
Brilliant, pale green straw-gold color. Floral, spicy Pippin apple, lime zest, hazelnut and warm stones nose. A spicy, complex citrus/green apple entry expands to a richly fruited Anjou pear and ripe apple mid palate leading to a very lengthy citrus rind, hazelnut and mineral finish. For a meal, pair with roast chicken, quail, or Cornish game hen.. 15% new French oak barrels. ~
Scott Family Estate Chardonnay $19/btl
From vineyards in Arroyo Seco, this 100% Dijon clone Chardonnay exhibits bright floral, peach and citrus aromas and flavors with notes of green apple and minerals. Eight months aging on the lees in French oak barrels imparts a creamy texture and sweet spice accents to the snappy fruit on the finish. This is a nicely balanced Chardonnay that can be enjoyed as an aperitif (with a handful of spiced nuts) or alongside lighter seafood or poultry dishes.
Scott Family Pinot Noir $24/btl
Notes of raspberry, vanilla, cola mingle with vanilla in the nose. This Pinot Noir is full-bodied and balanced with lively acidity. Silky flavors of fresh raspberry, ginger, cranberry, vanilla, cola and spice from French oak barrel aging. A smooth, lingering finish. A great wine to accompany salmon (my favorite with Pinot) duck or chicken, and of course, holiday turkey!
Heron Pinot Noir Monterey County $18/btl
The northwestern section of Monterey County is home to some of the best Pinot Noir around. Perfect weather and soil conditions provide the climate best suited for this finicky grape. The wine exudes classic Pinot perfume of cherries and violets, along with an herbal quality and pleasant earthiness that is so particular to Pinot noir. Finishes with delicate cinnamon spice and sweet oak notes. Aged in 2 and 3 year old French oak for 9 months. Alcohol: 13.0% – refreshingly balanced in today’s world of high-alcohol wines.
Selby Old Vine Zinfandel $21/btl
Susie Selby’s fruit is sourced from Dry Creek, Anderson Valley and Russian River Valley. It exudes dark raspberry fruit, with layers of chocolate, cinnamon and cloves, with a plush mouthfeel. The average age of the vines in production is 65 years, with the range between 40 and 110 year old vines! This means low production, exceptional concentration, and amazing depth. It’s powerful, jammy, spicy, toasty and thoroughly delicious. Zinfandel is great with a spicy pasta dish, such as All’ Arrabiata, roast chicken or robustly grilled meats.