May
26
5:00 pm17:00

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
201 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

May
27
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!

Jun
3
2:00 pm14:00

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!


May
19
5:00 pm17:00

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.

May
14
11:00 am11:00

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
 

Click here to reserve a table

May
13
2:00 pm14:00

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.  

 

 

May
2
8:30 pm20:30

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.

Apr
21
5:00 pm17:00

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.

 

 

Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

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.

Apr
8
2:00 pm14:00

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

 

Mar
28
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

Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Springtime Wines and Party Vibes

We're throwing a party.  Join us Thursday, March 23 to taste some of our favorite Spring releases while DJ Alex Rivera spins some fresh beats.  

Bring your friends, bring your party pants, bring $15 bucks.  

It's gonna be fun.

Mar
11
2:30 pm14:30

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.

Feb
25
2:00 pm14:00

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.

Feb
14
5:00 pm17:00

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
 
 

 

Feb
10
5:00 pm17:00

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.

Feb
3
5:00 pm17:00

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.

 

Jan
24
5:00 pm17:00

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

Jan
21
2:00 pm14:00

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.

 

 

Dec
31
5:00 pm17:00

New Year's Eve at Soif

NYE 2016 SOIF MENU

$75 Per Guest
$35 optional wine pairing supplement
(tax and gratuity not included)

Amuse Bouche  
Duck liver mousse crostini, kumquat, arugula

NV Bohigas Cava Brut Reserva – Catalonia, Spain

Please Select One:

Roasted Heirloom Carrots – herb yogurt mousse, puffed grains, Meyer lemon 2012 Parovel “Vinja Barde” Malvasia Istriana – Friuli, Italy

 Belgium Endive & Chicory Salad – roasted beets, Pink Lady apples, winter citrus 2014 Jean-Marc Gilet Vouvray “Cuvée Silex” Chenin Blanc – Loire Valley, France

 Local Dungeness Crab Bisque – crab salad, crème fraiche, radish
2014 Punta Crena Vermentino – Liguria, Italy

 Crisp Fried Quail – shaved fennel, pear & arugula salad, pomegranate glaze
2011 Anselmet Fumin “élevé en fût de chêne” – Valle d’Aoste, Italy

Please Select One:

 Crescenza Cheese & Nettle Ravioli – locally foraged wild mushroom Bolognese
2015 Mac Forbes Pinot Noir – Yarra Valley, Australia

 Seared Bacon-wrapped Sea Scallops – lobster Hoppin’ John
2015 Monte Tondo Corvina – Veneto, Italy

 Honey Brined Pork Tenderloin – braised cabbage, chestnut puree, glazed apples, cider jus
2013 Gotsa Family Wines Mtsvane – Kakheti, Georgia

 Sonoma Duck Breast – braised duck bisteeya, cauliflower couscous, dates, almonds
2014 Ser “Wirz Vineyard” Cabernet Pfeffer – Cinega Valley, California

Please Select One:

 Meyer Lemon Pavlova – blood orange mousse, toasted almonds, vanilla crème
2014 Birichino Muscat Canelli – Monterey County, California

 Double Chocolate Pot de Creme – salted caramel, whipped cream, chocolate gingerbread cookie
NV Niepoort Tawny Port – Douro Valley, Portugal

 Our House-made Sorbets – persimmon & dark chocolate, pistachio biscotti
Blandy’s 10 year Bual – Madeira, Portugal

 Artisan Cheese plate – Meadow Creek’s Appalachian, quince aioli, rosemary pecans, honeycomb
2015 Carl Loewen “Herrenberg” Riesling Kabinett – Mosel, Germany

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. 

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.

 

 

 

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
♦♦♦
Sonoma duck breast ~ sweet potato puree, glazed cipolini, burnt orange, exotic spiced jus
♦♦♦
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.