Dec
10
2:00 pm14:00

Champagne Tasting with Charles Neal

Join us for our annual Champagne tasting with French wine importer Charles Neal Saturday, December 10th at 2:00pm.

  Not only is Charles an author of several books on Cognac and Armagnac (which we can now sell thanks to our new liquor license), he is an importer of French wines including a fabulous selection of Grower Champagnes, which we will be featuring for this holiday event.

We will be pouring:

NV Vitteau-Alberti "Cuvee Agnes" Cremant de Bourgogne - Burgundy, France
NV Pierre Moncuit Blanc de Blancs "Huges de Coulmet" - Champagne, France
NV de Sousa "Tradition" (Biodynamic) - Champagne, France
NV Serge Mathieu Blanc de Noirs "Tradition" - Champagne, France
NV Henriet-Bazin Grand Cru Rose - Champagne, France
NV Eric Rodez "Cuvee de Crayeres" Grand Cru - Champagne, France
2010 Guy Charlemagne Blanc de Blancs - Champagne, France

The cost for this event is $25 per guest and is by reservation only.  Please email alyssa@soifwine.com to reserve a seat.

 

 

 

Book Release and Signing with Local Author, Christina Waters
Dec
11
3:00 pm15:00

Book Release and Signing with Local Author, Christina Waters

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Join Santa Cruz columnist and author Christina Waters for an afternoon at Soif on Sunday, December 11th from 3-5pm.  Prosecco will be flowing,  appetizers will be circulating and we will all be entertained by readings from Waters’ new book INSIDE THE FLAME—plan on plenty of backstory gossip.  Books will be available for sale.
Make reservations to stay for dinner and continue the conversation with Christina Waters. 


Nov
20
2:00 pm14:00

Champagne tasting with Hiram Simon

Hiram Simon will be here once again at Soif for our annual Champagne Tasting on Sunday, November 20th at 2:00pm.  Join us for an afternoon of bubbles, featuring the "farmer fizz" grower Champagnes from the Terry Theise portfolio. 

Tickets are $25 per person and are by reservation only.  Seating is limited, so email alyssa@soifwine.com to book your reservation today!

 

Nov
17
5:00 pm17:00

Beats & Beaujolais

It's the third Thursday of November people!!   It's finally Beaujolais Nouveau Day.   

We've been waiting all year for this.

Time to celebrate the 2016 harvest, listen to some siiick jams and sip on some delicious fruity Beau-jo.   Whatever your plans are/were tonight, cancel them, this event is going to be epic.
Join us tonight from 5-8pm in the Soif retail shop to sip on the first wines from 2016 (and several other fancy Beaujolais) while local DJ Alex Rivera fills the shop with a furious Fleurie of beats.  
Reservations are not necessary.  Bring your friends, bring your mom, bring whoever, bring ten bucks.   

Spread the word, everyone needs more Beaujolais in their life.


We will be Tasting:

2016 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau 


2016 Stirm Cabernet Pfeffer Nouveau


2013 Stephane-Aviron Beaujolais Villages
 

2015Guy Breton Morgon Vielles Vignes
 

2015 Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Thevenet

5-8pm.  5 wines.  10 Bucks. Endless Jams.  Join us.

Nov
15
6:00 pm18:00

Dinner with Diana Kennedy at Soif!

It's an incredible honor to welcome Diana Kennedy, esteemed cookbook author and culinary historian to Soif for an evening of celebrating the recent re-issue of Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul Satisfying Food.

Originally published in 1984, in this revision Kennedy has added recipes, revised old ones, reworked sections and added more, including itemized lists of things she loves - good butter, a perfect croissant, lard, and Seville orange marmalade, and things she vehemently dislikes - kosher salt, fat-free dairy products, and GMOs among them.

The culminating work of an illustrious career and, at 93, likely her last book, Nothing Fancy is about as close as Kennedy will come to writing a memoir. It chronicles her life in Mexico, where she has lived for decades, and includes family recipes from Britain and collected recipes from her travels around the globe. It is an incredible opportunity for everyone to spend time in the kitchen with the one and only Diana Kennedy, listening to the stories she has collected and making the food she has loved over a long lifetime of cooking.

Diana will be here at Soif on Tuesday, November 15th for a book signing and dinner inspired by her great work.  The evening will begin with a reception and book signing at 6pm, followed by a four-course dinner expertly prepared by the Soif kitchen.

We will be serving:

Rustic pressed pork terrine ~ pickled mustard seeds, crimson apple butter
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Local abalone 'a la Grenobloise' ~ coastal cauliflower, caper, lemon, frisée
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Sonoma duck breast ~ sweet potato puree, glazed cipolini, burnt orange, exotic spiced jus
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Dark chocolate-pear torte ~ Cava poached pears, toasted hazelnut crème anglaise

Tickets are $150 per person and include a copy of Nothing Fancy. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Diana Kennedy Center, a foundation committed to the preservation of Mexico’s cuisines and biodiversity.  

Reservations can be made through opentable or by calling us directly at Soif at 831-423-2020.

Click here to learn more about Diana Kennedy and the Diana Kennedy Foundation.

 

Nov
12
2:00 pm14:00

Hungarian Wine Tasting with Samuel Tinon


We are thrilled to welcome Samuel Tinon, one of Tokaj’s most important winemakers to Soif for a tasting of his exceptional wines.  Tokaj, with a documented history that dates back to 1561, is Hungary’s most prized wine region.   Tokaj made its debut on the world stage in the 1500s, when the first aszu wines were made from grapes affected by botrytis, the noble rot that shrivels and dehydrates the grapes allowing for exceptional sweet wines.  In 1737, it became one of the first classified wine regions in the world, was the wine drank by royals, and was even named “the king of wines, wine of kings” by Louis the 14th .  Sadly the region, along with the rest of Europe,  was devastated by phylloxera in the late 1800s.  The 1900s weren’t too bright either as the region struggled through world wars and communism until 1989 when the fall of the Berlin Wall marked a new era.   In 2002, Tokai was named a World Heritage site, honoring its rich past and exciting future.
Since 1989, Tokai has seen a resurgence of quality and for the first time, serious dry wines from all over the region.   
Tinon, a Frenchman born in Bordeaux, is the fifth generation vigneron in his family.  He made his first wine at just 10 years old, and moved  to Tokaj in 1991.  After a short stint at the Royal Tokaj company he moved on to make wine all over the globe – Australia, Chile, Texas, Italy and others, yet Tokaj had captured his attention,  and in 2000, he established his own estate in the town of Olaszliszka
From the first wave of foreign investments 25 years ago to his own private operation today, Samuel can speak to how the world's first classified wine region has the potential to re-position itself as one of the great classics again. Tokaj is no longer static or just exalting past greatness but actively moving forward.     Let’s taste it!
We will be pouring:


NV Patricius Pezsgö Brut Furmint, Hárslevelű, Yellow Muscat
2014 Tinon Furmint “Birtok”
2014 Tinon Hárslevelű Olaszliszka
2015 Tinon Furmint Szent Tamás (Single Vineyard)
2015 Tinon Furmint Megyer (Single Vineyard)
2007 Tinon Szamorodni Száraz (dry)
2007 Tinon Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos  (Sweet)

The Cost for this event is $15 per guest.  As always, wine club members are allowed one free seat. Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Please email alyssa@soifwine.com or call 831-423-2020 to reserve a seat.

Oct
26
6:00 pm18:00

Portuguese Wine Class

Soif will be hosting a special presentation and tasting of the Red Wines of Northern Portugal.  We will provide an overview of Portuguese history as it relates to wine, the basics of the wine regions, the appellation system and important appellations in the north, quality designations, how to read Portuguese wine labels , and the major red grape varieties in each of the regions. The tasting will consist of 7 wines representing the most important quality appellations and their classic grape varieties. 
Wines to be tasted will be from the following Portuguese DOC areas: Vinho Verde, Douro, Dão, and Bairrada.

The presentation will be given by William Vieira Vroman, Business Manager at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard /Quinta Cruz. 
He is a Certified Portuguese Wine Ambassador by ViniPortugal and the Instituto da Vinha e do Vinho Português, and occasionally writes the tasting notes for the Quinta Cruz wines made from Portuguese varieties.

Join us for an evening of tasting, learning, and geekin'. Small snacks will be provided and we will be offering discounts on the wines presented. 

The cost for this event is $25 per person.

Seating is very limited and reservations are required. Please email alyssa@soifwine.com to reserve a spot.

Oct
25
5:00 pm17:00

Venus Spirits Cocktail Party

Cocktails are served…Soif style.  

Please join us as we welcome Sean Venus of Venus Spirits for a very extended cocktail hour on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:00 to 9:00pm.  
We will be serving a special cocktail list featuring Sean’s exceptional spirits, mixed in new and classic formulations.  Several of the cocktails will include our collection of early 1970s era Vermouths and Amari.  Sean will be in the house to reveal where all the Juniper berries are bodied, strike that, Juniper bodies are berried, or rather…

In any event, Sean will be on hand to talk about his distilling venture, which is taking the cocktail world by storm.  The cocktail list will include:
 
Dry Martini
Venus Gin No. 1, Dolin Dry Gin, Lemon Peel

Guilded Age Negroni
Venus Gin No. 1, Campari, Antique Carpano, Orange Peel

Oaxaca Old-Fashioned [Death & Company]
Venus “El Ladron” Reposado, Del Maguey “Vida” Mezcal, Agave Nectar, Angostura Bitters

GinTonic [José Andrés]
Venus Gin No. 1, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic, Botanicals

Martinez
Venus Gin No. 2, Luxardo Maraschino, Antique Punt e Mes, Orange Bitters

Trident
Venus Aquavit, Fino Sherry, Cynar, Peach Bitters

Oct
15
2:00 pm14:00

Italian Wine Tasting with Count Michael Goëss-Enzenberg of Manincor

Two of the most interesting estates from whom we purchase wine are Nikolaihof in Austria’s Wachau region and Manincor in Tyrolean Italy.  It is likely no coincidence that both not only work Biodynamically, they are both fully integrated Biodynamic properties guided by families which very much walk the Biodynamic walk.  

The Enzenberg family has been tied to the Manincor estate since 1662, when a member of the family married a relative of the Hieronymus Manincor, who founded the property in 1602.  The Enzenberg family’s connection to winegrowing on the property dates to 1898.  The current proprietor, Count Michael Goëss-Enzenberg has administered the property since 1991.

Manincor is not a vast tract of grapegrowing monoculture.  The estate includes protected woodlands, meadows and orchards.  Hens and sheep graze through the vineyards.  Teas, infusions and other herbal remedies are produced from plants grown on the property [similar to the practices employed by the Saahs family at Nikolaihof].  The family is now producing a line of skin care products which derive principally from sap which drips from vines wounds after pruning.  The new underground cellar is naturally insulated by the soil.  No fuel oil or natural gas are required for heating.  In short, Manincor is virtually without equal with regards to their environmental practices.  

All of which would be admirable though irrelevant for our purposes, if the wines were not interesting.  They are outstanding.  The wines reveal a style we greatly appreciate – bell tone clarity, elegance, great complexity, persistence and a high high level of deliciosity.  They are exceptional.

“The Count,” as he is referred to by the importer, will be on hand to describe Manincor and its wines on Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 to 4:00.  Here is a line-up of the wines we shall be tasting.

2013 Manincor "Contessa Bianco" 
2014 Manincor "Eichorn" Pinot Bianco
2015 Manincor "Kelterersee Keil" Schiava
2016 Manincor "Mason" Pinot Nero
2012 Manincor "Rubatsch" Lagrein
2013 Maincor "Conte Rosso" 

The price is $20/person, which is refundable with a purchase of any six-bottles of Manincor wines.  The price includes snacks.  As always, wine club members are allowed one free seat.

Please email alyssa@soifwine.com to reserve a seat.  

 

 

Oct
12
Oct 19

Restaurant Week 2016

 

Soif Restaurant Week Menu  
$35 for three courses (Does not include beverages, tax or gratuity)

Appetizers (Please select one)

Heirloom pumpkin soup ~ little pork meatballs, crème fraiche, pepita pesto

Endive salad ~ Asian pear, radishes, jicama, sesame, coriander vinaigrette

House-made ciccioli ~ fennel mostarda, Freddy’s apples, walnuts

Red butter lettuce ~ persimmons, pomegranate, pickled raisins, yogurt dressing

Entrees (Please select one)

Sardinian couscous ~ grilled carrots, leeks & squash, green chile charmoula

Slow cooked pork belly ~ pepper & sweet potato hash, braised greens, sunny side up egg

Seafood stew ~ local squid, manila clams, mussels, spicy sausage, kale, aioli

Milk braised chicken cannelloni ~ lemon, sage, fontina, leeks, golden tomatoes

Dessert (Please select one)

Muscat grape & local apple sorbets ~ peanut butter cookies

Carnaroli rice pudding ~ Cava poached pears, toasted almonds

Bittersweet chocolate pot de crème ~ toasted marshmallow fluff, graham crisp

Warm apple & cranberry crisp ~ cinnamon, walnuts, oats, buttermilk ice cream

Sep
30
5:00 pm17:00

German Wine Tasting

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We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Bitterolf to Soif for a tasting of six exceptional German wines from his VomBoden Import portfilio.

Stephen founded vom Boden after nearly a decade in the wine industry. He was the Wine Director at Crush Wine & Spirits in New York City where he helped build one of the nation’s largest fine wine programs with a special focus on Austria and Germany, Burgundy, California, Champagne, Piedmont and the Northern Rhône.  

Join us and Stephen to taste:
2015 Stein Rose Scco Sekt Pinot Noir Mosel
2015 Julian Haart "1000L" Riesling Mosel
2015 Lauer "Barrel X" Riesling Saar
2015 Weiser-Kunstler "Enkircher Ellergrub" Riesling Kabinett Mosel
2008 Vollenweider "Krover Steffensberg" Riesling Spatlese
2012 Stein Spatburgunder Trocken

The tasting is just $10 per guest and includes snacks.
As always wine club members are allowed one free ticket.

Sep
24
1:00 pm13:00

Italian Wine Tasting with Tom Kelly of Small Vineyards

On Saturday, September 24th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM we will be hosting a drop in tasting of fantastic and relatively inexpensive wines from the insiders importer, Small Vineyards. Tom Kelly, one of the principals will be here for the event which will feature 7 wines from throughout [mostly] Italy. All of these are from small, independent, family estates working exclusively with sustainable methods. We will be tasting:

2015 Giocato Pinot Grigio - Brda, Slovenia $16
2015 Marchetti Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi - Marche, Italy  $20
2015 Monte Tondo Soave Classico - Veneto, Italy  $20
2015 Jordanov Rkaciteli - Tikves, Macedonia  $12
2014 La Quercia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Abruzzo, Italy  $17
2013 Lonardi Valpolicella Classico - Veneto, Italy  $30
2013 Luca Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino - Tuscany, Italy  $39

Snacks will be provided

The $15 Tasting fee will be waived with the purchase of three or more bottles. 
As always, wine club members are allowed one free ticket. Reservations are not required.

Sep
21
5:00 pm17:00

Wine Tasting with Andrea Mullineux of Mullineux Family Wines

We have the pleasure of welcoming Andrea Mullineux, winemaker for Mullineux Family Wines (one of South Africa's most celebrated wine estates) for a tasting of both their flagship wines and their second label, Kloof Street.  

The highly touted Mullineux line highlights old-vine Chenin Blanc (yes please!) and savory Syrah from the Swartland region.  The Kloof Street wines are excellent values--made with the same attention to detail in a forward, easy-drinking style.  

All are delicious and new to the shop.

Stop by to meet Andrea and try the wines!

We will be tasting:

2015 Kloof Street Swartland Chenin Blanc

2014 Mullineux White Blend Chenin Blanc/Clairette/Viognier/Semillon Gris

2014 Kloof Street Swartland Rouge Syrah/Grenache/Carignan/Mourvedre/Tinta Barocca/Cinsault

2014 Mullineux Swartland Syrah

2015 Mullineux Swartland Chenin Blanc Straw Wine

The cost for this event is just $10 per guest.  As always, Wine Club Members are provided one free ticket.  Reservations are not required.

 
Produttori del Barbaresco Wine Tasting
Jul
23
1:00 pm13:00

Produttori del Barbaresco Wine Tasting

We are very pleased to announce an informal tasting of the wines of Produttori del Barbaresco this Saturday, July 23 in our retail shop. 
 
Produttori del Barbaresco is one of the most celebrated producers in Piemonte, formed in 1958 by 19 small growers in and around the village of Barbaresco.   Since then the Cantine has grown to include 51 growers controlling over 100 hectares of vines in the greatest crus of Barbaresco.  While cooperative wineries generally don't reside in the upper echelon of a region's producers, Produttori is a universally heralded exception, and widely considered the greatest "Co-op" in the wine world, as well one the greatest producers of Nebbiolo-based wines in all of the Langhe.
 
We were fortunate to recently taste through the 9 single vineyard, or Cru Riserva bottlings from 2011 with the Managing Director of Produttori, Aldo Vacca, one of the most respected Nebbiolistos in Piemonte.  His intimate familiarity with Barbaresco is unrivaled.  If you are curious of hearing about the 2011 Cru in his words, here is a 30 minute video of Aldo tasting the 2011 Crus with Kyler Meyer of "The Extract".  If you a little short on time,  profiling Produttori del Barbaresco.
 
On Saturday, from 1:00 to 4:00, we will have the 2014 Langhe Nebbiolo, 2011 Barbraresco normale and three Riserva Cru bottlings from 2011 - including the majestic Rabaja - open for tasting.  
 
 The price for the tasting $25/guest and includes bread and cheese.  The tasting fee will be refunded with any purchase of 3 or more bottles of Produttori wines. 
 
It's not often that all these wines are in-house and much less often are they all open at one time.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to taste all these delicious wines!

This tasting is a drop-in event and an RSVP is not required, but if you plan on coming please let us know!

Hope to see you all Saturday,
The Soif Crew
 

Jun
19
1:00 pm13:00

Wine Tasting with Johannes Selbach and Vincent Brundlmayer Sunday, June 19th 1-3pm

Johannes Selbach of Selbach-Oster and Vincent Bründlmayer in the Hof!!

SUNDAY, JUNE 19th 1:00 TO 3:00.

We learn to admire Chablis, but we are hard wired to love Riesling. It is not always perfect and occasionally utter crap and thus too many prospective wine drinkers form enduring impressions about the most noble grape from their early encounters with Blue Nun or Black Tower.

Let us rectify this injustice with extreme prejudice. Soif is profoundly pleased to welcome backtwo of our favorites, Johannes Selbach and Vincent Bründlmayer, on Sunday, June 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 for a tasting of some of the finest Rieslings - and likely a world class Grüner Veltliner or two.

Johannes presides over one of the greatest estates on the Mosel, which is to say, one of the finest estates on Earth. For sure beauty and maximum deliciosity, there are few wines which eclipse a great Selbach-Oster Spätlese. If you have been brainwashed into believing you don't like sweet Riesling, deliver yourself and/or Dad over to us on Father's Day and give yourselves a gift which will last a lifetime.

And it doesn't stop there...

As Terry Thiese puts it, "[Bründlmayer is] generally considered Austria's best winery ..." which carries some weight coming from The Godfather. Bründlmayer is a large estate by Austrian standards, and owns property in some of the country's greatest sites such as Heiligenstein,Lamm and Steinmassel. In addition to superb and extremely age-worthy dry Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, the produce exceptional, fragrant reds and one of the finest sparkling wines made outside Champagne.

Soif Wine Priestess Alyssa Twelker recently returned from a trip to Germany and Austria and might be talked into regaling us with tales of these magical properties and their wines.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TASTING STARTS ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN NORMAL FOR OUR TASTINGS. THIS TASTING RUNS FROM 1:00 TO 3:00 ON SUNDAY, JUNE 19th.

The cost for this tasting is $15/person and includes bread and snacks.

Please call us at 831-423- 2020 or email Alyssa at alyssa@soifwine.com to make reservations.

Central European Wine Tasting with Frank Dietrich of Blue Danube Wine Company
May
14
2:00 pm14:00

Central European Wine Tasting with Frank Dietrich of Blue Danube Wine Company

There are few places that wave activated our imaginations wine-wise, more than Central Europe, and in particular Hungary.  It is a region with an ancient wine culture.  However, wine from the greatest sites, produced by motivated, well-trained winemakers has not been available in the US for very long.  Soviet rule did not, to put it charitably, encourage high quality production.  And even in the last 20 years, there have been few specialists equipped to select and import the greatest wines that have been produced.  

Frank Dietrich and his Blue Danube Wine Company deserve a great deal of the credit for bringing these wines to a wider audience.  Blue Danube imports wines from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Slovenia & Austria.  Many of them never before available to curious consumers but make no mistake - these are no mere curiosities.  While most of them are very modestly priced, they represent centuries of winemaking tradition and refinement, newly rekindled after a few decades of Soviet suppression.

Frank will lead us through of tasting of primarily Hungarian and Georgian wines [along with an Austrian Blaufrankisch] .  These wines have evolved from some of the oldest winemaking traditions on Earth.  [The Georgian practice of fermenting and aging wine in clay qvevri is thought to date back 8000 years, and the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia may in fact be the birth place of vitis vinifera grapes].  Frank has made numerous trips to these regions and will regale us with tales and images from his travels.  We would be remiss is we did not note that Frank is one of the most thoughtful, witty and charming of the importers to present wines at our tastings throughout the years.

Here is the anticipated line-up:

NV Kreinbacher Classic Sparkling Furmint
Somlo, Hungary

2013 Apatsagi Harslevelu
Somlo, Hungary

2014 Tinon Furmint "Birtok"
Tokaj, Hungary

2013 Gotsa Mtsvane
Asureti Valley, Georgia

2013 Heimann Kekrankos "Alte Reben"
Szekszard, Hungary

2011 Muhr-van der Niepoort Blaufrankisch "Spitzerberg"
Burgenland, Austria

2012 Patricius "Katinka" Late Harvest
Tokaj, Hungary

This tasting is by reservation only.  The cost is $15/person, which includes snacks.  Wine Club members receive one free admittance.   Please call us at 831-423-2020 or email alyssa@soifwine.com to make reservations.  We look forward to seeing you Saturday.
 

BEER DINNER W/ SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES
May
1
6:00 pm18:00

BEER DINNER W/ SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES

On the heels of our recent Forager and Chocolate dinners, Soif could not be more pleased to announce a very special dinner in collaboration with Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, Sunday, May 1 at 6:00.

This dinner will see a complete SARA bottle invasion and tap take-over to match a very special meal incorporating and paired with 6 [perhaps 7] Sante Adairius beers.   If you are one of the 12 people in beer-crazed Santa Cruz unfamiliar with SARA, they are widely considered one of the finest breweries in the Bay Area, and indeed they often show up on the insider lists of the greatest breweries in the world.  Esquire Magazine called their West Ashley Apricot Sour Saison one of the "10 Best Beers You Will Never Taste."  Guess what?  You'll get to taste it.  It is a very rare honor for us to be able to welcome them to the Soif main stage for such an event.

Chef Mark Denham's menu is shaping up to look something like this:  

Amuse

First Course - Seared scallop w/grapefruit & cauliflower herb custard

Second Course - Beets w/yogurt & puffed grains

Third Course - Duck breast w/kumquat, avocado, 
morels, cashews & carrot

Cheese - Shepard's Hope w/sweet & sour blackberries

Dessert - Espresso semifreddo w/beer caramel & almond tuile

The SARA beers we expect to pair with the dinner include:

Mire Poix
Lady Grey
Another Aliteration
Farmhouse Noir
West Ashley
Vanilla Joe Porter

The menu and beer pairings are subject to change.

The cost is $85 excluding tax & gratuity.

We expect this dinner to sell out quickly, so please email alyssa@soifwine.com or call

831-423-2020 to make reservations.  

  Click here for more info about Santa Adairius

Chocolate Dinner with Mutari
Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

Chocolate Dinner with Mutari

Soif is thrilled to welcome Katy Oursler and Stephen Beaumier of Mutari Chocolate, in collaboration with Soif's own Chef Mark Denham, for a dinner based on the noble cacao pod. Katy and Stephen are well known to Bay Area bon vivants. Katy guided Santa Cruz's own Outstanding In The Field to international prominence before heading her own events business. Stephen has worked in some of the finest kitchens in the world, including Cyrus, Quince and Copenhagen's Noma. They recently purchased Mutari and the general assessment is that Santa Cruz's delicious factor is racing toward 11.

Katy and Stephen recently returned from a trip to Guatemala and Belize to visit several farmers from whom they are purchasing cacao beans and they will regale the crowd with tales of cacao plants, the farmers who tend them, and the jungle in which they grow.

This will be no add-sweet-chocolate-to-something-and-hope-for-the-best affair. These chefs have some very serious chops and experience with chocolate-based cuisine. All parts of the bean will be showcased including pulp, husk, nib along with the more famous bits. The menu - pending the availability of few items - will looking very much like this:

Amuse - ceviche w/cacao pulp
2015 Ameztoi Txakolina Rosado - Basque Country, Spain

First Course - Artichoke & white chocolate barigoule w/avocado
2013 Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner - Wachau, Austria

Second Course - Pork belly braised and rubbed w/
cacao husk, germ & nib
2014 Scala Dei Garnaxta - Priorat, Spain

Dessert - Chocolate extravaganza
2010 Passagem Late Bottled Vintage Port - Douro Valley, Portugal

Finish - Single Origin sipping chocolate

The cost is $75 excluding tax & gratuity.

 

 Wine Tasting with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Apr
3
3:00 pm15:00

Wine Tasting with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

To many casual wine drinkers, the question of “What is the greatest wine estate in the Middle East,” might seem roughly equivalent to inquiring, “What is the most sacred Buddhist retreat in Chualar?”  The Middle East may not be chockablock with exceptional wineries, though there is at least one, Château Musar, founded by Gaston Hochar in 1930.  The vineyards are planted in the Bekaa Valley, 20 miles inland from Beirut in the Bekaa Valley, which sits at roughly 3000 feet above sea level between the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon Mountain ranges.  Musar was “discovered” by Michael Broadbent of Decanter Magazine at a wine fair in Bristol, England in 1967.  Thereafter, the fame and cult-like following of Musar quickly spread through Europe and eventually the U.S.   Indeed, Serge Hochar, Gaston’s son and the man generally credited with establishing the Musar winemaking formula, was Decanter Magazine’s inaugural Man Of The Year in 1984, a bittersweet vintage as it, along with 1976 were lost due to fighting during the Lebanese Civil War.  A poignant fact which makes the travails of making wine in the New World seem petty in comparison.