Sep
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

Italian wine tasting with Small Vineyards

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Saturday September 23rd we're welcoming Tom Kelly, Italian wine expert and representative of Small Vineyards, a select portfolio of Italian wine makers that produce outstanding wines.  He'll walk us through some of our favorites from different regions, sharing his personal accounts of arguably the best small producers of Italy.

The wines we'll be pouring are listed below:

Monte Tondo Soave Brut 2015  $26
Guerra Albano Malvasia 2015  $25
Palama 'Arcangelo' Salice Salentino 2015  $16
La Quercia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015  $18
Marchetti 'Due Amici' Rosso Conero 2015  $15
Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino 2014  $42

Cost of the flight is $15 and will include some snacks from the Soif kitchen.  

As always, Soif Wine Club members have a free seat for these events.

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Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Wines from España - Tasting with Kim Beto

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Join us at Soif Saturday September 7th for a 'tour' of Spanish wines.  We'll be led by Kim Beto, a Spanish vino expert who has traveled extensively throughout the wine regions of this beautiful country.  We'll explore the diverse flavors that Spanish wines offer and learn of the people and families behind the making of these wines.  Kim has been teaching wine professionals and Sommeliers for years, and his true passion lies in wines from the Iberian Peninsula.  

We'll be tasting wine from some of these legendary estates: 

Gramona

Campo Viejo

Marques Murietta

Arinzano

Faustino

Cost of the flight is $20 and will include some small snacks.  As always, Soif Wine Club members have a free seat for these special events.

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Sep
2
2:00pm 2:00pm

Georgian Wine Tasting and Book Signing

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If you've never had wine from a Qvevri, Saturday September 2nd is your chance.  Qvevris are egg-shaped earthen vessels traditionally used to make wine in Georgia, and Soif is pleased to welcome Miquel Hudin to teach us the production of and history of this remarkable wine region.  Miquel is the author of Georgia, a guide to the cradle of wine, and he'll be sharing stories and facts from the motherland of all things vinous.  We'll taste our way through wines like Mtsvane and Rkatsiteli and experience 'natural wine' from its place of birth.

The cost of the flight of 6 wines is $20 and will include some light snacks.

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Aug
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

Days of Gin & Roses

On Saturday the 26th of August from 2-4 pm we're welcoming distiller extraordinaire Kevin Aslan from Anchor Distilling Co. for a spirits tasting event.  He'll explain the making of their excellent gins while we sample them and enjoy a couple cocktails by our head bartender Manny.  We're also welcoming back Katie Shea of Golden Bear Bitters Co. to demonstrate how she makes some of her delicious tonics.  

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And starting Monday August 21st come to Soif bar to try an ever-changing selection of Gin-tastic specials with our favorite gins from around the world!

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Aug
18
5:00pm 5:00pm

Fancy French Flight

This Friday August 18th we'll be pouring a flight of 3 wines that are exceptional.  Champagne, White Burgundy, and Bordeaux are three regions known for making some of the best - and priciest - wines in the world.  As a consumer, the more you're able to taste these wines the more you can appreciate wines that are of similar quality without the high cost.  We'll be offering one night only tastings of wines that are normally not opened every day to give our customers the opportunity to try these delicacies, starting with this Friday's flight:

  • Georges Laval NV Cunieres Premier Cru Brut Nature  $85
  • 2014 Antoine Jobard Mersault  $86
  • 2012 Chateau des Eyrins Margaux  $60

The cost of the flight is $25.  Check our website for future flight listings.

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Aug
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Soif's 5th Annual Walnut Avenue Waiter's Race

Join us for the 5th annual waiter's race at Soif!   As in previous years, teams of three servers from 8 local restaurants will navigate a course set up on Walnut Avenue, demonstrating many of the myriad skills members of the service industry bring to work every day.  The event is not only a friendly competition among area restaurants, but also a celebration of the skill and dedication of members of the service industry.

Come support your favorite servers Sunday, August 13th 12-3pm on Walnut Avenue (outside Soif).  
 

Servers interested in competing please fill out form below.  

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Jul
15
to Jul 16

Be a wine tourist in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Passport days are here!

Four times a year the wine growing community of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. Over the last 20 years the event has become a cherished tradition among wine lovers who enjoy wines produced by our legendary, artisan winemakers all within the idyllic Santa Cruz Mountains. On the third Saturday of January, April, July and November, passport aficionados are welcomed into 50+ wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique winery experience to the 'wine traveler'.

Purchase your passport at Soif Wine Merchants today and head to the mountains!              Each passport is $65 including tax.

*  Fabulous 'tourista' clothing provided by Berdels Surf and Skate Clothiers.

 

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Jul
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Bastille Day Wine Party

Join us to celebrate la Fête nationale with some fancy French wines!  Damien Carney, director of sales for Martine's Wines will be here at Soif to lead us through a tasting of their iconic producers.  Join us in the wine shop any time between 5-7pm to try these delicious French wines:

NV LOUIS METAIREAU Methode Traditionelle Extra Brut Melon de Bourgogne
Loire Valley, France   $24

2016 DOMAINE CHARLES AUDOIN Marsannay Rose Pinot Noir
Burgundy, France  $29

2007 MONTHELIE DOUHAIRET PORCHERET Monthelie Blanc 1er Cru Les Duresses Chardonnay (Magnum) 
Burgundy, France  $115

2015 DOMAINE LEROY Bourgogne Rouge
Burgundy, France   $63

2014 HERRI MINA Irouleguy Rouge Cabernet Franc
Southwest France    $33
 

Tickets are $20 per person and include a taste of all these wines and light snacks.
As always, wine club members are allowed one free ticket.

 

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Jul
7
5:00pm 5:00pm

First Friday Wine Tasting with Blue Danube Wine

Ever had wine from the Republic of Georgia?  While this widely recognized as the birthplace of winemaking, until recently, the wines were seldom seen in the US market.  Thanks to Blue Danube Wine Company, these wines are now available for your drinking pleasure.  We are thrilled to feature delicious obscurities from both Georgia and Hungary, led by our Blue Danube Wine representative, Norbert Borbely.  

We will be pouring:

2015 Tornai Juhfark Premium 2015 Somló, Hungary $18
Age-worthy, its minerality supports the typicity given by the terroir. In 2015, the wine is
a blend of stainless steel and oak aged Juhfark. It shows overripe aromas on the nose,
underlined by stony notes. Very complex on the palate with a vibrant and round acidity, it's a serious wine. Long finish with plenty of excitement.

2014 Samuel Tinon Birtok Furmint Tokaj, Hungary $25
“Birtok” roughly translates to “domain” and allows various vineyards to be blended together. For Samuel Tinon, this means pulling from the famed Határi vineyard near the village of Olaszliszka and off of the dense loess slopes of Mt. Tokaj above the village of Tokaj. Blending these two sites yields an intensely unique Furmint. The fruit is ripe, the acids are high and there’s plenty of structure to create a pungent balance. It’s like taking the weight and creamy texture of Chenin Blanc and the acidic edge and stony fruit of Riesling and mashing them together with smoke and salt. Drink it as an aperitif or with simple meals, veggies, white meats, curry, dry cheese or green salad.

2013 Gotsa Family Wines Mtsvane Kartli, Georgia $30
Fermented and aged in temperature-controlled qvevri, this deeply colored golden
Mtsvane is as structured as it is sumptuous. Rose scents and roasted orange fruit fill in
the wine's dense weave of tannins and acidity, while warm spice notes accent its warm giving savor. The combination of strength and finesse, oxidation and freshness give it exceptional flexibility at the table: during the course of a week, it matched everything from sautéed fish to chicken mole tamales and takeout Chinese.

2015 doqi Saperavi Kakheti, Georgia $16
The Saperavi grape, unique in Georgia, produces wines that are full-bodied and
complex. This bright and spicy Saperavi comes from vineyards nestled around the village of Napareuli, high in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains. It is aged in a combination of stainless steel and in French oak barriques for 12 months.

2012 J&J Eger Winery Eged Hegy Kékfrankos Eger, Hungary $26
Harmonious, layered, and age worthy, the wines of J&J Eger Wine Company have the
potential to be legendary. Still very much in its youth, it is a deep garnet hued wine with
a perfume that leaps from the glass. Complex aromas of cranberry sandalwood and
rose hips contrast its not so subtle minerality. Though grown in limestone it smells of
granite. Rich without being overripe, the structured and savory almost herbal nature of
the variety and its fresh acidity make this wine versatile for the table as well. Pair with
herbed pheasant, lamb, pungent creamy cheeses and whole grain based dishes like
barley or faro. For the authentic experience try Dr. Stumpf’s recommendation of wild venison sausage.

Taste all five wines for just $10 per person.  As always, wine club members are allowed one free tasting.

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Jun
24
2:00pm 2:00pm

Mezcal Mania!

Join us for a fascinating and tasty exploration of Mezcal.  Not to be confused with it's more famous offspring Tequila (Mezcal was produced long before Tequila was), and not to be referred as "the drink with the worm in it", this Oaxacan spirit has a multitude of flavors and styles, and with our resident "Mezcalito Manny" head barman and guest speaker, we'll savor several varieties of Mezcal and learn the fascinating history and production of this Mexican liquor.  

Tickets are $40 per person and will include 2 Mezcal cocktails and 3 tastes of 3 different Mezcals.  There will be some snacks served and a souvenir to take away from the event.

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Jun
8
5:00pm 5:00pm

Rosé Wine Party with DJ Alex Rivera

Summer is just around the corner and we're itchin' to crack open all the new pink wines we've been hoarding.  Thursday, June 8th, we're throwing a rose party with great tunes, pink wines, and summer vibes.  All rose will be 15% off all night so you can stock up for those beach days coming up!  Tickets are just $15 per guest, wine club members are free.

Come party with us!

 

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Jun
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

Ridge Vineyards Tasting with Eric Baugher

We are thrilled to have the winemaker and COO of Ridge Monte Bello join us for a tasting of their world-class wines.  Eric Baugher grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains and has been with Ridge since 1994.  A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, he has continued the tradition of making Ridge Monte Bello wines some of the best in the world!

This is a very special event, so seating will be limited to the first guests to purchase tickets.  The wines we will be pouring are as follows:

2015 Ridge Monte Bello Estate Chardonnay
2014 Ridge Monte Bello Estate Merlot
2015 Ridge Geyserville
2015 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel
2013 Ridge Monte Bello Steep Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon

 

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May
27
to May 28

Soif Wine Sale

We're cleaning house! Shop our Semi-Annual Sale to stock up on wines for the summer months.
We are offering 25% off a huge selection in our retail shop Saturday and Sunday only! Don't miss it!

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May
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

Southern Italian Wine Tasting with Pascarosa Food & Wine Tours

Catherine and Brian Faris, Santa Cruz locals and founders of Pascarosa Food and Wine Tours will be here at Soif for a tasting of wines from southern Italy.  

The Farises have deep roots in the Valle d’Itria in Puglia. Since their first visit with their three children 22 years ago, they have acquired an olive grove, a home in the centro storico of the baroque town Martina Franca and, yes, a trullo, too.   They have become experts in the classic foods and wines of the South, and have even started hosting travelers for "An Insider's Food Tour of Puglia," leading small groups to their favorite places in Italy's best-kept secret paradise.   This fall, they are organizing a wine and food focused tour of Puglia with Soif's resident wine geek. Alyssa Twelker, expanding their program to include even more delicious wines.   

Come by to taste some of southern Italy's finest wines, meet Catherine and Brian, and perhaps book a flight to Puglia!

Click here for more info about Pascarosa Food and Wine Tours.

We will be tasting:

2014 Li Veli Valle d'Itria "Askos" Verdeca -- Puglia, Italy    
2016 Li Veli Puglia Fiano -- Puglia, Italy
2016 Masseria Furfante Bombino Nero Rosato -- Puglia, Italy
2016 Leone de Castris Salento Rosato "Five Roses" Negroamaro/Malvasia Nera -- Puglia, Italy
2015 Castel di Salve "Armecolo" Rosso Negroamaro/Malvasia Nera -- Puglia, Italy
2014 Tenuta Rubino "Oltreme" Susumanello -- Puglia, Italy

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May
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Beauregard Vineyards Tasting with Ryan Beauregard

Join us for a fabulous tasting with Ryan Beauregard of Beauregard Vineyards.  For four generations, since 1945, the Beauregard family has been a leading force in getting Santa Cruz wines acknowledged as some of the best in California.  Learn how Ryan is taking his gorgeous vineyard sites and wines to new heights with a combination of old and new techniques, allowing the soil, the vines, and the grapes to express themselves naturally.

This is a Friday event in the Soif wine shop, so come between 5 and 7 to meet Ryan and try his amazing wines.

The flight will include the following:

2015 Beauregard Pinot Noir Rose, Coast Grade

2014 Beauregard Pinot Gris (Orange Wine)

2013 Beauregard Merlot, Zayante Vineyard

2013 Beauregard Syrah, Zayante Vineyard

The cost of the flight is $15, and as always Wine Club members get a free ticket to taste.

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May
14
11:00am11:00am

Mother's Day Brunch at Soif

Menu
(Subject to Change)
$35 Per Guest (includes mimosa with choice of juice)

For the Table
House-baked 'bread basket' of yeasted beignets with powdered sugar, fresh blueberry muffin, classic cream scone & buttermilk biscuit - butter & house-made jam

Gluten free option: House-made granola, Meyer lemon yogurt parfait, jam or fresh fruit

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Choice of:

Soif chopped vegetable salad with grilled Kauai shrimp, manchego, avocado buttermilk dressing

Biscuits and house-made black pepper sausage gravy, 2 sunny-side up eggs, rosemary home fries

Maine lobster scrambled eggs, with mascarpone, fresh herbs, scallion, rosemary home fries

Black pepper tagliatelle carbonara, pancetta, spring peas, their sprouts, & a poached egg

Slow cooked brisket flannel hash - roasted beets, potatoes, onions, & 2 eggs any style

Soif Burger - certified organic beef, local fontina, house-made pickles, aioli, sesame bun, fries

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Kids menu
$15 Per Guest

Belgian waffle, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, maple syrup

2 eggs any style, bacon, home fried potatoes

Spaghetti with Chef's alfredo, butter, parmesan cheese
 

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May
13
2:00pm 2:00pm

Kermit Lynch "Wines of Southern France" -- A Wine Tasting with Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch, the next generation of the Kermit Lynch empire, will be here at Soif to lead us through a tasting of their iconic wines Saturday, May 13th.   

We will be focusing on several of their properties from southern France, near where Anthony has lived off-and-on since his childhood.  Stay tuned for the lineup of wines! 

The cost for this event is $20 per guest.  As always, wine club members are allowed one free seat.  

 

 

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May
2
8:30pm 8:30pm

Fried Chicken, Bourbon and Bubbles -- Tuesday Nights at Soif

Starting Tuesday, May 2nd we're fryin' up fried chicken for just $10 a plate every Tuesday night from 5-9pm.  Nothing pairs better with fried chicken than sparkling wine so each Tuesday we're opening a different bottle of bubbly to pour by the glass all evening. For those who prefer a stiff cocktail to the fizz, "The Bitter Liberal" a house cocktail featuring Benchmark Bourbon, will be discounted to $8 all evening.  
The regular menu is still available 5-9pm.

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Apr
28
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wine Tasting with Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards

Bradley Brown, proprietor and winemaker of Big Basin Vineyards will be here at Soif, Friday, April 28th 5-7pm to lead us through a tasting of his wines.  

Stay tuned for the full lineup of wines.

The cost for this event is just $15 per guest.  Wine Club members are allowed one free ticket.

Click here for more info about Big Basin Vineyards

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Apr
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Champagne Tasting Featuring the wines of Pol Roger

My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best -- Winston Churchill

My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best -- Winston Churchill

Join us for an evening of luxury.  

April 21st,  Axel Gallery, Brand Ambassador for Pol Roger will be here at Soif pouring three of their best.   Pol Roger takes extreme pride in more than 160 years producing some of the world’s finest Champagne. Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated. Their cellars are some of the deepest in champagne, allowing their wines to age slowly and elegantly with very fine texture and the tiniest of bubbles.  

We will be pouring a flight of these three Champagnes from Pol Roger:

NV Pol Roger "White Foil" Brut Reserve
2006 Pol Roger Brut Vintage
2008 Pol Roger Brut Rose

The cost for this event is $25 per guest and includes small snacks.

 

 

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Apr
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Wine Tasting with Xavier Weisskopf of Le Rocher des Violettes

We are thrilled to welcome once again to Soif, Xavier Weisskopf, winemaker and proprietor of Le Rocher des Violettes in Montlouis-Sur-Loire. Thanks to our Chenin Blanc obsession, these wines have graced our shelves frequently over the years and today remain some of the most tasty examples one can find from this booming region.

We will be pouring a trio of Chenin Blancs from Xavier's collection (including one bubbly) and a juicy Cabernet Franc to round out the lineup.  
Reservations are not required, simply drop by the shop any time between 6-8pm to meet Xavier and taste through his wines.

Tickets are $15 per person.
As always, Wine Club members are allowed one free ticket.

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Apr
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Portugese/Austrian Connection

Coming this Saturday from Austria, Dorli Muhr will be with us at Soif to taste her exceptional Blaufränkisch as well as a delicious Grüner Veltliner.  With help from her viticultural partner Dirk Niepoort of the famed Port house, Dorli's wines are elegant and express the unique style and locale of Carnuntum and the Spitzerberg Estate in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains.

We will be pouring:
2015 Reiterer Schilcher Rosé
2013 Muhr-van der Niepoort Prellenkirchen Grüner Veltliner
2013  Muhr-van der Niepoort Samt & Seide Blaufränkisch
2011 Muhr-van der Niepoort Carnuntum Blaufränkisch
2011Muhr-van der Niepoort Spitzerberg Blaufränkisch

Price for the event is $15 per guest; excludes tax and gratuity
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Mar
28
to Apr 11

The Curated Feast Comes to Soif!

We are thrilled to announce that the mini-feast featured in Santa Cruz Waves February/March Issue is coming to life! From March 28th to April 11th, you can taste the stories of the Botanical Imperialism mini-feast menu through a cocktail, entree, and dessert at Soif! Each prix fixe feast will be accompanied by an exclusive menu storybook. Price: $45 per guest; excludes tax and gratuity

Click here for more info on The Curated Feast

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Mar
11
2:30pm 2:30pm

Muscadet Madness

Join us for a afternoon of Muscadet appreciation with winemaker, Frederic Niger of Domaine de L'Ecu.  This iconic domaine from the Loire Valley was founded in the 1970s by Guy Bossard, an early champion for organic and biodynamic farming and one of the first in Muscadet to bottle single-terroir wines.  His careful attention to his wines both in the vineyard and in the cellar has inspired many to reconsider conventional farming methods, elevating the perception and quality of Muscadet as a whole.   

Like Bossard, Frederic, the current winemaker at Domaine d l'Ecu,  is dedicated to an uncompromising approach to farming and cellar practices, creating wines marked by incredible definition, depth, and intensity.  He pushes the boundaries of tradition and expands the range of quality wines made from this underappreciated region.  
We are excited to present his newest inspiration, a line of Vin de France bottlings, made from both white and red varietals aged in Amphora (clay vessels) or a mix of amphora and French oak barrels.  

This tasting will demonstrate that the wines from Muscadet can be more than just simple white wines for oysters, and to prove it, we will be pairing several of the wines with small bites prepared by the Soif kitchen.  The wines of Domaine de l'Ecu are savory, complex and definitely deserve a place at your table.  

Join us to taste:

NV "La Divina" Brut Folle Blanche/Chardonnay/Cabernet Sauvignon/Melon de Bourgogne/Chenin Blanc (Champagne Method) 

2015 Domaine de l'Ecu "Orthogneiss" Melon de Bourgogne

2010 Domaine de l'Ecu "Granite" Melon de Bourgogne

2012 Domaine de l'Ecu "Taurus" Muscadet Vin de France Melon de Bourgogne (aged in both Amphora and barrel)

2014 Domaine de l'Ecu "Memphisto" Vin de France Cabernet Franc (aged in both Amphora and barrel)

Tickets are $15 per guest and are by reservation only.

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Feb
25
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Chartreuse Experience

Join us for an afternoon of Chartreuse discovery!  We will be exploring this unique spirit through a series of cocktails inspired by the seasons. Chartreuse queen, Ria Solar, will lead us through event, teaching and sharing the legends of this historic beverage along the way.

Cost is $30 per person and includes all beverages and complementary snacks.

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Feb
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Valentine's Day at Soif

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Valentine's Day Dinner Menu  
February 14, 2017
 

$50 Per Guest
$25 Optional Wine Pairing Supplement

Please call 831-423-2020 for reservations

Appetizers
Please Select One:

 
Chanterelle mushroom soup ~ herb gougères, goat cheese,
 
Raw early spring vegetable salad ~ burrata, pistachios, green garlic aïoli
 
Yellowfin tuna crudo ~ fennel, radish & cucumber, avocado mousse
 
Entrees
Please Select One:

 
Roasted artichokes ~ ricotta fritters, toasted farro, green olives, wild mushrooms
 
Mt. Lassen trout ~ celery root puree, warm spinach, date & almond salad
 
Braised lamb cheeks ~ heirloom polenta, wilted greens, preserved blood orange
 
Desserts
Please Select One:
 
MUTARI Chocolate Dessert Special ~ poached pear, lemon verbena, caramelized white chocolate
 
Trio of house-made sorbets ~ pomegranate, dark chocolate & persimmon
 
Cheese plate ~ Mt. Townsend Creamery’s Seastack, fig compote, grilled walnut bread
 
 

 

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Feb
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wine Tasting with Darren Delmore of Tablas Creek Winery

Tablas Creek Tasting with Darren Delmore

Tablas Creek is the combined effort of two proud wine families:  the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands.  Not enough to merely grow Rhône varietals in California, they created their own nursery to plant the special clones needed to grow their grapes.  Darren has worn many hats over the years: surfer, writer, publisher, educator.  His most recent chapeau for the last 5 years has been national sales manager for Tablas Creek.  He's been in love with Tablas Creek wines well before he donned that hat, and has many stories and facts to share with us.  What a great way to start a weekend!

We will be pouring:

2015 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Blanc
2015 Tablas Creek Grenache Blanc
2014 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Rouge
2014 Tablas Creek Mourvedre
2014 Tablas Creek Tannat

The cost for this event is just $10 per guest.   Reservations are not required.

Click here for more info on Tablas Creek.

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Feb
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

First Friday Tasting with John Benedetti of Sante Archangelli Family Wines

Local favorite, John Benedetti, will be here at Soif on February 3rd from 5-7pm for our $5 First Friday wine tasting.  
He will be pouring four of his wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the highly touted Split Rail vineyard.  Join us!

The cost for this event is just $5 per person and reservations are not required.

Click here to read  more about the wines.

 

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Jan
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

Venus Spirits & Golden Bear Bitters Cocktail Party

Tuesday January 24th, 5 - 7 p.m. at Soif Bar!

Local Favorites Venus Spirits and Golden Bear Bitters:
True Santa Cruz Craft Cocktails!


Yes, Soif has cocktails and a full spirits list!  Next week we're mixing up original and classic cocktails joined by two of our friends in the exciting world of beverages.  Please stop by for a quick tipple and take some bar supplies home!


Venus Spirits From Santa Cruz
Sean Venus decided to parlay his craft beer skills into making craft spirits, and after a few years of hard work and determination he has created an award-winning portfolio.  Sourcing as much locally, and all organically, Venus is the quintessential Santa Cruz spirit maker.  

Gin Blends No. 1 & 2; Aquavit; El Ladron Blue Agave; Wayward Whiskey; every bottling coming out of his Swift Street location is unique and delicious!  Sean will be in-house to educate us on his whole line of products and answer any questions you may have.



Golden Bear Bitters with Katie Shea
Bitters and Tonics and Bears, Oh my!  Katie began making seasonal tonics and bitters using locally sourced herbs, flowers and fruit, making a variety of concoctions for beverages, for health benefits, and for pure enjoyment.  Her background in agriculture and organic farming led her to create recipes that are perfect examples of California Central Coast's.  Ingredients for the well-stocked bar, these also make fantastic sodas and mocktails.  

Katie will also be here to guide us through the Golden Bear line and maybe even give us a few of her favorite recipes?.

This is an open event, so no reservation required.  Please contact us with any questions on our events and offerings: brettsoifwine@gmail.com

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Jan
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

Wine Tasting with Johannes Hirsch and Heidi Schrock

We're kicking off 2017 with a tasting with some of our favorite Austrian producers, Heidi Schrock and Johannes Hirsch.  

Regarded as one of the young, leading winemakers in Austria, Johannes Hirsch combines the quality of his renowned vineyards, dedication to viticulture and precise winemaking to craft wines of the highest class. Johannes works exclusively with Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, bottling most of his cuvees as single site, single terroir wines.

Those of you who attended our Austrian wine tasting last January will remember Heidi, one of the most charming women in the wine world.  Heidi is from the historic village of Rust situated in the province of Burgenland about 5 miles from the Hungarian border.  She re-introduced historic varietals such as muscat-lunel and furmint from Hungary while continuing to work with more classic Austrian varietals such as grauburgunder, weissburgunder, and welschriesling. Heidi is the long-time leader of Cercle Ruster Ausbruch, an organization whose goal is to bring back Ausbruch, a sweet wine reminiscent of Hungary’s Royal Tokaji that had not existed since the phylloxera outbreak in the 19th century. Ausbruch is harvested from botrytised grapes and Heidi’s wine is one of Rust’s iconic examples of this noble sweet wine.

Tickets for this event are $15 per guest and are by reservation only.  Please email brettsoifwine@gmail.com to reserve a seat.  As always, wine club members are allowed one free seat.  Please click here for more info on the wine club.

 

 

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