Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Northern Italian Wine Dinner with Peter Neptune

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Soif is pleased to welcome Master Sommelier Peter Neptune as host for a November 8 dinner paired with Northern Italian wines!

To complement the Northern Italian wines, Chef Tom McNary presents a multi-course menu highlighting the finest ingredients of the season. Neptune will guide guests through each pairing and course while also interacting with the dining room throughout the evening. The complete menu*, including wine pairing, is as follows:

Passed Frito Misto 

NV Brancher Prosecco DOCG

Fall Salad

2016 Terlan Pinot Bianco

2017 Montonale Laguna

Agnolotti of Rabbit

2016 Pecchenino "Siri d'Jermu"

2013 Tiefenbrunner Lagrein

Lamb Two Ways (braised & grilled)

2016 Produttori de Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo

2013 CaViola Barolo "Caveat"

Artisan North Italy Cheese

2014 Farina Amarone della Valpolicella 

The cost of the dinner, including wine pairing, is $150 per plate**. The dinner will begin promptly at 6:00pm. Reservations for the event may be made by calling us at 831.423.2020. In order to provide the best possible experience, our restaurant and bar will only be offering the prix-fixe menu this evening.

*menu may be subject to change

**not including tax and gratuity

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Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

Beaujolais Nouveau Party

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It’s almost time for the annual Soif Beaujolais Nouveau Day Party! The French holiday ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day’ takes place every year on the third Thursday of November, and celebrates the release of the first wines of the season. Our Beaujo’ Nouveau Party is one of our biggest parties of the year, and we can guarantee that this is an event you won't want to miss! We will be pouring a number of this year’s nouveau style wines, as well as several other cru wines from Beaujolais.

The cost of the flight is $15 for general admission, and free for our Soif wine club members. You can purchase your tickets (don't forget some for your friends!) online or in our shop.

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Nov
17
2:00 PM14:00

Charles Neal Selections Champagne Tasting

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Join us for our annual Champagne tasting with French wine importer Charles Neal Saturday, October 27th. Operating out of San Francisco since 1998, Charles Neal is well-known for importing and distributing an incredible array of French wines. The wines featured at the tasting will be be posted soon.

The cost of the tasting is $30 for general admission, and $10 for Soif wine club members. The tasting will take place in our restaurant, and begins promptly at 2:00 PM. Our champagne tastings have often sold out in the past, so make sure to reserve your spot through purchasing tickets either online or in our retail shop!

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Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Kings Carey and Liquid Farm Tasting

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We are delighted to welcome James Sparks, winemaker for both Kings Carey and Liquid Farm, to Soif! Join us Saturday, October 6th for a guided tasting of wines from both labels! We will be pouring the following selection:

2016 Liquid Farm “White Hill” Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills, California

2015 Liquid Farm “Golden Slope” Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills, California

2015 Pinot Noir “SMV” - Santa Maria Valley, California

2016 Kings Carey Spear Vineyards Grenache - Santa Rita Hills, California

 

The tasting will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. Cost of admission is $20 for the general public, and free for wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in the wine shop. 

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Oct
5
5:00 PM17:00

Girasole Tasting

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Join us Friday, October 5th for a special Friday Night Flight! We are thrilled to welcome Joe Chiodo of Girasole Imports for a tasting of several wines from the Girasole portfolio. Girasole Imports specializes in terroir-driven, Italian wines. We will be pouring the following selections from the Girasole Imports book:

2017 Zorzettig Pinot Bianco - Friulli Colli Orientali, Italy

2016 La Ca Nova Nebbiolo - Piedmont, Italy

2015 Assuli Ruggiero “Terre Siciliane” Syrah - Sicily, Italy

2015 Tenuta di Castellaro Malvasia delle Lipari - Sicily, Italy

The event will take place from 5pm to 7pm in the Soif wine shop. Cost of admission is $20 for the general public, free for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or at the event.

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Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Veuve Fourny & Fils Champagne Tasting

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Join us for an evening of Champagne! We are delighted to welcome Charles Fourny, of Veuve Fourny & Fils, for a guided tasting of his family's wines. Located in the  prestigious Côte des Blancs, in the premier cru village of Vertus, Champagne Veuve Fourny & Fils has been an active family domaine since 1856. We will be pouring the following Champagne Veuve Fourny & Fils wines:

NV Vertus Brut Nature 1er Cru
Blanc de Blancs

NV Vertus Brut 
"Grande Réserve" 1er Cru

NV Vertus Brut 1er Cru
Blanc de Blancs

NV Vertus Rosé Brut 1er Cru

2011 Vertus Extra Brut 1er Cru “Monts de Vertus” Millésimé


Further information on Veuve Fourny & Fils and their wines may be found on their website. The event will begin at 6:00 PM, and will include passed apps with each Champagne tasted. Cost of admission is $50 for the general public, $30 for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in the Soif wine shop. Only 35 spots are available, so we recommend inquiring about tickets early!


 

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Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

New Zealand Wine Tasting

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Photo is taken from the Antipode Estate Vineyard, one of the vineyards The Darling sources their grapes from

Friday, September 21st, we will be doing a special Friday Night Flight featuring wines from New Zealand! We are thrilled to welcome Dan Kieth, of New Zealand Wine Navigator, to Soif. Dan will be presenting the following selections from the NZ Wine Navigator portfolio:

2017 Darling Sauvignon Blanc 

2016 Oita Wines Sauvignon Blanc 

2012 Oster Riesling

2017 Fifth Bridge Pinot Noir

The tasting runs from 5pm to 7pm. Cost of admission is $15 for the general public, and free for wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in the wine shop. 

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Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

Noelia Ricci Tasting

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Monday, September 17th, we will be joined by Valentina Davide, brand ambassador of Noelia Ricci, for a tasting of the Ricci family's wines.

Noelia Ricci is a 9 hectares wine project founded by Marco Cirese (Noelia Ricci's grandson) in 2010. The Noelia Ricci vineyard is located within the estate of Tenuta Pandolfa (the estate is currently owned and managed by Paola Piscopo, Noelia's daughter). Spanning over 140 hectares at the foot of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, areas of the estate's lands are ideally located for the production of Sangiovese. Noelia Ricci, the namesake of the brand, was the first to realize the potential for wine on her family's estate. She began planting new vineyards in 1980's, and in doing so, laid the groundwork for the Noelia Ricci project.

 Further information on the story of the Noelia Ricci project, and their wines, may be found on their website. We will be pouring the following wines:

2016 Noelia Ricci ‘Bro’ Bianco Forli

2016 Noelia Ricci Il Sangiovese di Romagna

2015 Noelia Ricci “Godenza” Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore

The tasting will take place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, September 17th. Cost of admission for this event is $15 for the general public, and free for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or at the event. 

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Sep
13
5:00 PM17:00

Terre Rouge and Easton Wines Tasting

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We are thrilled to welcome Bill Easton, winemaker for Terre Rouge and Easton Wines, to Soif! Since 1986, Bill Easton and Jane O'Riordan have been producing terroir-driven wines on the West Slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley. Under the Terre Rouge portfolio, Bill produces an array of Rhône varietal wines. The Easton Wine label is dedicated to the non-Rhône varietal wines, and are primarily produced from single-site vineyards. We will be pouring the following wines:

2012 Domaine de la Terre Rouge, Sierra Foothills "Enigma" (Marsanne, Roussane, Viognier)

2014 Domaine de la Terre Rouge, Fiddletown Viognier 

2012 Domaine de la Terre Rouge, Sierra Foothills "Tête-à-Tête" (Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache)

2012 Domaine de la Terre Rouge, Amador County Mourvèdre

 The tasting will take place from 5:00 pm - 7:30pm, Thursday, September 13th. Cost of admission is $20 for the general public, and free for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or at the event. 

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Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Night Flight: Kermit Lynch Wines

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Friday, August 24th, we will be doing a special Friday Night Flight featuring several selections from wine importer Kermit Lynch! Based out of Berkeley, Kermit Lynch is a retailer, distributor, and national importer, known for sourcing French and Italian wines that are representative of their terroir. Luke Kammann, representative of Kermit Lynch (and Soif alumnus!) will be joining us to pour the following wines:

2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé $44

2017 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé $18

2017 Champalou Vouvray $21

2015 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Crau" $89

The tasting will be held in the Soif wine shop from 5pm to 7pm. Cost of admission is $20 for general admission, free for wine club members. Tickets may be purchased at the event. 

 

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Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Tasting with Ian Brand

  photo courtesy of Alyssa Twelker

photo courtesy of Alyssa Twelker

We are thrilled to welcome local winemaker, Ian Brand, to Soif! Ian and his wife Heather produce three brands: Le P'tit Paysan, La Marea, and I. Brand & Family. Saturday, August 18th, Ian will be providing a guided tasting of several of his family's wines. We will be pouring the following wines:

La Marea Albarino

Le P'tit Paysan Rosé

Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay

I Brand Cabernet Franc Bayly Ranch

Le P'tit Paysan le P'tit Pape

The tasting will take place in the Soif restaurant, and will begin promptly at 2pm. Cost of admission is $20 for the general public, and free for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop. 

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Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

International Sparkling Wine Dinner with Peter Neptune

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Thursday, August 9th, Soif will be hosting a special dinner with Master Sommelier Peter Neptune! We will be pairing eight, international sparkling wines throughout a four-course, prix-fixe dinner. Over the course of the meal, Master Neptune will share his knowledge and insight into each of the wines. 

Menu

 

Corn and Goat Cheese Fritter

 NV Prosper Maufoux Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc

 

Seasonal Fish Crudo

with avocado and citrus

NV Jansz Brut Rosé, Tasmania

NV Cesarini Sforza Brut Rosé, TrentoDoc

 

Heirloom Tomato Salad

NV Szigeti Brut Grüner Veltliner, Österreichischer Sekt

2013 Juve y Camps Essential Xarel·lo, Cava

 

Herb & Garlic Roasted Chicken

with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes

NV Ridgeview Cavendish Brut, England

NV Goutorbe Bouillot, Reflets de Riviere, Brut, Champagne

 

Fresh Fruit Crisp

NV Hideyoshi Sparkling Sake, Akita

 

The cost of the dinner, including wine pairing, is $120 per plate*. Reservations for the event may be made by calling us at 831.423.2020. In order to provide the best possible experience, our restaurant and bar will only be offering the prix-fixe menu this evening.

*not including tax and gratuity

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Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Ridge Vineyards Tasting

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We are thrilled to welcome local winemaker Eric Baugher to Soif! Eric is the Chief Operating Officer and winemaker at Ridge Vineyard's Montebello Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Join us Saturday, August 4th for a guided tasting of the wines of Ridge Vineyards. We will be pouring the following Ridge Vineyards wines*:

2016 Ridge Estate Chardonnay

2015 Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah

2015 Ridge Dutcher Creek Carignane

2016 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel

2015 Ridge Lytton Springs

The tasting will take place in the Soif restaurant, and will begin promptly at 2pm. Cost of admission is $30 for the general public, and $10 for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop. 

*some vintages may be subject to change

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Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

Cantina Valle Isarco Tasting

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Wednesday, July 18th, we will be joined by Armin Gratl, the director of Cantina Valle Isarco, for a tasting of several of the cooperative's wines. Located in the Alto Adige region, Cantina Valle Isarco is one of the most prestigious wine cooperatives in all of Italy. Further information on Cantina Valle Isarco, and their wines, may be found on their website.

We will be pouring the following wines:

2016 Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Kerner

2016 Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Gruner Veltliner 

2016 Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Schiava

2016 Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Pinot Nero (Blauburgunder) 

The tasting will take place from 5pm to 7pm, in the Soif wine shop. Tickets for this event are available at $20 for the general public, and free for Soif wine club members. Cost of admission will be refunded on the purchase of $200 or more of wine from our shop. Tickets may be purchased below, or at the event. 

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Jul
13
to Jul 14

Bastille Day Celebrations!

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Vive le France!

Join us Friday, July 13th through Saturday July 14th for a weekend of Bastille Day celebrations!

Chef Marshall Bishop has created a special four-course, prix fixe menu for the event, featuring classic and seasonal, French dishes (priced at $69 per guest). Wine pairing may be ordered with the prix fixe menu (at an additional cost). A la carte items off of our regular menu will also be made available. The prix fixe menu (with wine pairing), is as follows:

 

Bastille Day 2018

Half Shell Oyster

bernaise espuma

NV Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace

Frisée Salad

bacon, poached egg,
mustard vinaigrette, fine herbs

2017 Domaine Daulny Sancerre

Tomato Tart

goat cheese mousse, dressed greens

2011 Faiveley Bourgogne

Sonoma Lamb

beets, carrots, cauliflower, spinach,
red onion marmalade

2015 Brunier/Lynch Les Pallieres Gigondas

Profiteroles

vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce

Petit Fours

Prix Fixe Menu $69/ person

Wine Pairing $40/ person

 

 

Our wine list for this weekend will feature a variety of French wines, many of which will be offered by-the-glass. 

The wine shop will be starting off the weekend's festivities with a special Friday Night Flight. The flight will feature several French wines, not available on our restaurant's by-the-glass list. The tasting will run from 5pm - 7pm. 

The shop will also be hosting its Bastille Day Tasting that Saturday, July 14th! The event will take place from 1pm to 4pm in our wine shop, and will feature a wide variety of French wines. Cost of admission will be $20 for the general public, and free for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop. 

Further information on the weekend's festivities will be made available soon!

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Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

Wine Shop Sale!

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Get ready to stock your cellar, because the Soif Wine Shop is having its Semi-Annual Sale! Saturday, June 7th, we will be marking down a wide selection of our wines by as much as 25% off! This one-day-only sale will start at noon and go until 9pm. 

 

 

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Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Terry Theise Selections Tasting

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Sunday, June 24th we will be hosting a special tasting of the Terry Theise Estate Selections portfolio; featuring some of the top German and Austrian wineries! Hannah Selbach and Barbara Koller, of Selbach-Oster and Schloss Gobelsburg, will also be in attendance, pouring several different wines from each estate. With 30 different incredible German and Austrian wines (as well as Champagne!) to taste, and an amazing spread from Friend in Cheeses Jam Co., this is an event you won't want to miss! 

Tickets for this event are available at $30 for the general public, and $20 for Soif wine club members. Cost of admission will be refunded on the purchase of $200 or more of wine from our shop. Doors open at 3:00pm for the general public, and 2:00pm for Soif Wine Club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or at the event. 

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Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Rosé Parté!

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Summer has arrived in Santa Cruz, and we are set to celebrate with our annual Rosé Parté! Saturday, June 16th, we will be pouring over twenty different rosés (yes, you read that right, OVER TWENTY!), from all around the world. The tasting will take place in the Soif restaurant from 1pm to 4pm. Cost of entry to the tasting is $30 for the general public, and $20 for Soif wine club members. Tasting fees will be refunded with the purchase of $200 or more in our wine shop that day. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop on the day of the event. We can't wait to rosé the day away with everyone! 

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Jun
12
5:00 PM17:00

Le Colture Sparkling Wine Tasting

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Tuesday, June 12th, we will be joined by Vittorio Zoppi, brand ambassador of Le Colture, for a tasting of several of the winery's sparkling wines. For over 500 years, Le Colture has grown wine in Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene, a small village set in the heart of the Prosecco hills, under the guidance of the same family. Under the guidance of Cesare Ruggeri, the current head of Le Colture, the winery began to produce its first sparkling wines in 1983. Today, Cesare continues to produce incredible wines, with the assistance of his three children, Silvia, Alberto, and Veronica.

We will be pouring the following Le Colture wines:

Le Colture Valdobbiadene Rose Brut NV

Le Colture Valdobbiadene Spumante Cruner NV

Le Colture Valdobbiadene Spumante Fagher NV

The tasting will take place from 5pm - 7pm, in our wine shop. The cost of the tasting is $15 for general admission, and free for wine club members. Tickets may be purchased at the event. 

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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Viticoltori De Conciliis Tasting

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Join us Friday, June 8th, for a special tasting of De Conciliis wines, with owner and winemaker Bruno De Conciliis. Located on the coast of Campania, Viticoltori De Conciliis specializes in full-bodied and fruit forward wines from Aglianico. We will be pouring the following De Conciliis wines: 

"Selim" Spumante (Aglianico, Fiano)

"Donnaluna" (Fiano) 

"Donnaluna" (Aglianico) 

"Bacio il Cielo" (Aglianico, Barbera, Primitivo)

The tasting will take place from 5pm to 7pm in the wine shop. The cost of the flight is $15 for general admission, and free for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or at the event. Further information on Viticoltori De Conciliis may be found here: http://www.viticoltorideconciliis.it

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May
23
5:00 PM17:00

Méthode Madness: Sparkling Wine Tasting

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Join us Wednesday, May 23rd, for a night filled with bubbles! We will be tasting a series of incredible sparkling wines, all produced using the traditional method (aka Méthode Champenoise). We will be pouring several selections from both Ferrari (Trento, Italy) and Simonnet-Febvre (Burgundy. France). Visit the Soif wine shop anytime between 5pm and 7pm, to taste the following Ferrari and Simonnet-Febvre wines:

Ferrari NV Brut

Ferrari NV Brut Rosé

Ferrari NV Perlé Zero

Simonnet-Febvre NV Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

Simonnet-Febvre NV Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

The tasting will take place Wednesday, May 23rd, from 5pm-7pm. The cost of the flight is $15 for the general public, and free for Soif Wince Club members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop.

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May
8
5:00 PM17:00

Italian Wine Tasting: Antonelli and Scarbolo Estates

Filippo Antonelli and Mattia Scarbolo are coming to Soif! Join us Tuesday, May 6th, from 5pm to 7pm in our wine shop, to taste the wines of two incredible Italian estates - Antonelli San Marco and Scarbolo.   

Antonelli San Marco

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(Filippo Antonelli pictured above)

The Antonelli family has been producing high quality wines within Montefalco's DOCG wine making area for over a century. Filippo Antonelli, the current head of the family estate, has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the terroir of Montefalco. The Antonelli vineyards are grown along hillsides where the soil is clayey, and rich with limestone deposits from varying geological periods. This unique terrain results in wines with depth and complexity, that are known for their ability to age well. We will be pouring the following selections from Antonelli San Marco:

2015 Antonelli Montefalco Rosso

2014 Antonelli Sagrantino ‘Contrario’

2012 Antonelli Sagrantino di Montefalco

 Scarbolo

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(Mattia Scarbolo pictured right)

The Scarbolo family's passion for both food and wine is evident in their work. Valter Scarbolo, founder of Azienda Agricola Scarbolo, is also an acclaimed restaurateur. Together he and his son, Mattia produce wines that are balanced in their aromas and rich in their flavors. The estate's vineyards are located in the heart of the Friulian plains in northern Italy, and benefit from red clay soils mixed with alluvial deposits, minerals and chalk, which provide optimal drainage conditions. The climate is dry, however it is well ventilated by winds of alternating temperatures. Cool breezes from the east and warm marine breezes from the Adriatic, result in ideal conditions for slower ripening, and more flavorful grapes.  We will be pouring the following wines from Scarbolo:

2016 Scarbolo Friulano

2016 Scarbolo Pinot Grigio

2013 Scarbolo Merlot ‘Campo del Viotto’

The tasting will take place from 5pm to 7pm in our wine shop. The cost of the tasting is $15 for general admission, and free for Soif Wine Club Members. Tickets may be purchased  at the event. 

 

 

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May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Mexican Food and Wine Pairing with Stirm Wines!

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Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Soif! Saturday, May 5th, we will be pairing several small plates of Mexican dishes (TBD) with the following Stirm Wine Co. wines:

2016 Stirm Kick-On Riesling 

2016 Stirm Wirz Vineyard Riesling 

2016 Stirm Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 Stirm Cienega Valley Old Vine Zinfandel

 Local winemaker Ryan Stirm (pictured below) of Stirm Wine Co. will be here to talk about his wine making process and recent releases. Recently named a "winemaker to watch" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Ryan focuses on making wines that are suitable for Califonia's climate. His practices, often low-intervention (the Wirz, Glenwood, and Kick-On Vineyards are all dry-farmed) and unconventional (he fermented all of his red wines from this past vintage in redwood barrels), have resulted in wines that are both reflective of their origin and expressive of their terroir. 

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The event will take place at 1pm on Saturday, May 5th, in the restaurant section of Soif. The cost of the tasting is $35 for general admission, and $15 for Soif Wine Club Members. The cost of admission includes both the food and the wine pairing**. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop.  

 

**The food pairing is non-vegetarian. If you are vegetarian and would like to enjoy the wine without the food pairing, please contact us directly for further information on tickets. 

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Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Spanish Wines with Wine Expert Julie Raynaud

Saturday, April 28th, we will be joined by Spanish wine expert Julie Raynaud for a guided tasting of two Spanish wineries: Espelt Viticultors and Gramona. Julie Raynaud is originally from the south of France; just a three hour drive from the Priorat wine region of Spain. She has been working for Eric Solomon (one of the top US importers of Spanish wines) for over 4 years. 

Espelt Viticultors

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Situated on the northeastern coast of Catalonia, in the appellation of Empordà, Espelt Viticultors is known for producing wines that are representative of the region's unique terroir. The vineyards of Espelt are located where the Pyrenees meet the sea, resting on soil that is a mixture of sandy granite, limestone and slate. The soil, along with other aspects of the vineyards' environments, results in the production of crisp whites and spicy reds, that are both mineral-driven. The winegrowers of Espelt also employ organic viticulture methods to ensure that their native grape varietals are expressive of their origin. We will be pouring the following wines from Espelt Viticultors: 

2016 Espelt Granacha Blanca

2017 Espelt Coralí

2016 Espelt Granacha Old Vines

Gramona

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The Gramona estate can be found further south, just past Barcelona. The Gramona family has a long history in the Spanish wine industry, stretching back to as far as 1816. Today, they are one of the few family-owned estates left in the Cava region. While Gramona continues to employ traditional wine production methods, they are considered by many to be pioneers in Cava. Unlike most Cava producers who release their wines after nine months in the cellar, Gramona ages their wines for at least thirty months, to as long as twelve years! They are also one of the few wineries in the region to utilize both organic and biodynamic practices in their vineyards. The Gramona family is committed to sustainability, and has even begun using geothermic energy as well as water recycling throughout the estate. We will be tasting the following wines from Gramona: 

2013 Gramona La Cuvée Gran Reserva Brut

2011 Gramona Imperial

The event will take place at 2pm on Saturday, April 28th, in the restaurant section of Soif. The cost of the tasting is $20 for general admission, and free for Soif Wine Club Members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop.  

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Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Gruet Tasting with Laurent Gruet

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On Wednesday April 18th we will be joined by Laurent Gruet (pictured left), head-winemaker of Gruet Winery, for a tasting of several of their sparkling wines. Gruet Winery is renowned for producing remarkable sparkling wines (using the traditional champagne method), in a most unexpected place - New Mexico. The fascinating story of how the Gruet family decided to expand their estate from Champagne to New Mexico can be found on the Gruet Winery website. We will be pouring the following Gruet wines:

NV Gruet Sauvage (100% Chardonnay)

NV Gruet Brut (75% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir)

NV Gruet Demi-Sec (50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay)

The tasting will take place from 5pm to 7pm in our wine shop. The cost of the tasting is $15 for general admission, and free for Soif Wine Club Members. Tickets may be purchased either below, or in our wine shop. 

 

 

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Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Thomas Fogarty Winery Tasting

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On Wednesday, March 28th we will be joined by Tom Fogarty Jr (managing principal) and Nathan Kandler (head winemaker) of Thomas Fogarty Winery, for a tasting of several selections from the estate's cellar. Thomas Fogarty Winery is renowned for producing exceptional wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains. From 5pm - 7pm we will be pouring the following wines:

2012 Thomas Fogarty Estate Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay 

2014 Thomas Fogarty Estate Chardonnay

2013 Thomas Fogarty Estate Pinot Noir

(An Additional, Mystery Vintage!)

The cost of the flight is $15 for general admission, and as always, free for Soif wine club members. Tickets may be purchased in our wine shop, either before or at the tasting.  

 

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Women's History Month: Women Winemakers Tasting

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In honor of Women's History Month, we will be hosting a special tasting featuring selections from three wonderful women winemakers (try saying that three times fast!). Saturday, March 24th we will be joined by Nicole Walsh (Ser Vineyards), Francoise le Calvez (Chateau Coup Roses), and Francois Ollier (Domaine Ollier-Taillefer). The tasting begins at 2pm, and will feature wine flights from all three producers. We will be pouring the following selections from each winery:

Ser Winery

2017 Ser Riesling

2016 Ser Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Dorcich Vineyard

2015 Ser Graciano, John Smith Vineyard

Chateau Coup Roses

2016 Coup Roses Minervois Blanc

2016 Coup Roses Minervois Rosé

2016 Coup Roses Cuvée Vignals

Domaine Ollier-Taillefer

2015 Ollier-Taillefer Allegro Blanc

2016 Ollier-Taillefer Rosé

2014 Ollier-Taillefer Les Collines Rouge

The cost of the tasting is $20 for general admission, and free for Soif Wine Club Members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop. 

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Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner with Judy & Jim Schultze of Windy Oaks Estates

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We are excited to have Judy & Jim Schultze from one of our favorite wineries, Windy Oaks, joining us for a special wine dinner! Chef Marshall is creating a fabulous 4-course menu to be paired with wines from Windy Oaks. 

 

Founded in 1996 on a windy ridge in Corralitos, Windy Oaks has been crafting delicious, world class wines since its inception. We here at Soif have been serving their wines for years, and to have Judy and Jim for dinner is truly a special occasion. Seats for this dinner are $125 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and can be reserved by calling us at (831) 423-2020. The menu and wines to be paired throughout the dinner are as follows:

 

Windy Oaks Dinner

 

Crab

cucumber, haricots vert, meyer lemon, 

pickled mustard seeds, truffle aioli

 

Duck Breast

lentils, parsnip, king trumpet mushrooms, 

huckleberry duck jus

 

Avocado Louie

cauliflower, snap peas, radish, pickled onions, 

wax beans, green goddess dressing

 

Panna Cota

laura chanel goat cheese, textures of strawberries,

pinot macerated strawberries

 

Petit Fours

 

Wines

2015 Sparkling Alabariño

2014 Chardonnay Old Vine Estate

2015 Pinot Noir Estate Cuvée

Library wines from their winery cellar!!!

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Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Tasting with Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

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We are thrilled to welcome local winemaker Jeff Emery (pictured left) of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard to Soif! Jeff is a skilled winemaker, and an expert on our local wine region. In 1979 Ken Burnap (the founder of SCMV) hired Jeff for part-time cellar work and vineyard tending while Jeff was studying at UCSC. It wasn't long before Jeff caught the "wine-making bug," and what started as a part-time job turned into a career. Upon Ken's retirement in 2002, Jeff took over the winery.

In addition to the traditional Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard wines, Jeff also produces wines under the label Quinta Cruz. Inspired by the wines he tasted on a trip to Portugal, Jeff decided to produce his own line of wines using grape varietals from the Iberian Peninsula. Growing these varieties in the Santa Cruz mountains has resulted in the creation of some truly unique wines. 

The tasting will take place Saturday, March 10th from 2pm - 4pm in our restaurant. We'll be pouring the following wines:

  • 2016 Quinta Cruz Albariño – Bokisch Vineyard
  • 2013 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard "Bailey's" Pinot Noir
  • 2015 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Grenache
  • 2012 Quinta Cruz Souzão - Alta Mesa
  • 2013 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Petite Sirah
  • 2009 Quinta Cruz Rabelo "Late Bottled Vintage"

 

 The cost of the tasting is $20 for general admission, and free for Soif Wine Club Members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our wine shop. 

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Mar
7
5:00 PM17:00

An Evening with Cantina del Pino (Tasting and Dinner!)

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On March 7th, we will be teaming up with our sister restaurant La Posta to offer a night of incredible Italian food and wine! Visiting us all the way from Piedmont is Renato Vacca, head winemaker of Cantina del Pino. When it comes to Barbaresco, Cantina del Pino is truly an institution. It was under the winery's founder, Domizio Cavazza, that the wine made from Nebbiolo in the surrounding area came to be called Barbaresco. A former director of the Royal Enological School in Alba, Domizio utilized his skill and knowledge of wines to plant the first vineyards at Cantina del Pino. 

Renato's great-grandfather purchased the estate from the Cavazza family upon Domizio's passing. Since then, generations of Vaccas have continued to produce exemplary wines. As the current head of Cantina del Pino, Renato (pictured below) carries on the traditions of the winemakers before him. 

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The night will begin with a tasting of Cantina del Pino wines at Soif from 5pm - 7pm. Following the tasting, dinner with the winemaker will be held at La Posta at 7:30pm. The cost of the tasting at Soif is $15 for general admission, and free for Soif Wine Club Members. The wines we'll be pouring at Soif are as follows:

  • 2015 Cantina del Pino Dolcetto D'Alba         $25
  • 2016 Cantina del Pino Langhe Nebbiolo       $30
  • 2012 Cantina del Pino Barbaresco "Ovello"  $65

Dinner at La Posta is $125 per person, which will include different wines paired with the meal. If you have any seating requests for the dinner portion of the evening, please contact La Posta.    

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Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Villa Le Prata and Querceto di Castellina Tasting

On Friday, March 2nd, we will be visited by not one, but two fantastic Tuscan wineries! Join us from 5pm to 7pm in our wine shop to taste the wines of both Villa Le Prata and Querceto di Castellina. 

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When Massimo Losappio accepted a surgical position in the small town of Montalcino, he had initially intended that his stint there would be brief. Instead, he fell in love with the land, its people, and the local wines. Driven by their passion to create their own wines, Massimo and his wife Marialuce purchased Villa Le Prata in 1980. Soon after, they planted their first hectare of grapes and began the process of converting what was once a hunting lodge into a winery and bed & breakfast. Today, Villa Le Prata produces Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino from vineyards in three different zones around Montalcino, resulting in wines that are an exemplary representation of the terroir. We will be pouring the following selections from Villa Le Prata: 

2014 Rosso di Montalcino $35

2012 Brunello di Montalcino $75

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Traveling north of Montalcino, Querceto di Castellina can be found between the villages of Radda and Castellina in Chianti. Initially purchased as a country home by her father in 1945, Laura Masini took over the management of the estate in 1989. She and her husband Giorgio Di Battista restored the 15th century structures, and revitalized the vineyards and surrounding property. They converted the estate into an agriturismo and culinary school, with classes taught by Laura, herself.

In 1998 their eldest son Jacopo joined the family business with the focus of producing wine from the estate's vineyards. It was under Jacopo's directive that the winery at Querceto di Castellina was founded. Over the years the winery has continued to grow, producing not only Chianti Classico, but an array of different varieties. We will be pouring the following selections from Querceto di Castellina: 

2016 Toscana Bianco (Viogner and Roussane) $40

2015 Chianti Classico L’aura $27 

Further information on the wines being poured will be made available soon. The cost of the tasting is $15 for general admission, and free for Soif Wine Club Members. Tickets may be purchased below, or in our retail shop. 

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Feb
27
5:00 PM17:00

Casa Ferreirinha (Ferreira) Tasting

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On Tuesday, February 27, (from 5pm to 7pm) join Filipe da Mota Neves, the Brand Ambassador of Ferreira and Casa Ferreirinha, for a guided tasting of the house's wines. Founded in the Duoro region in 1751, Ferreira first rose to notoriety for their exceptional Ports. In 1952, Ferreira began making Portugese table wines under the label Casa Ferreirinha. Given the extensive knowledge and experience that Ferreira's winemakers had (and continue to have) of the Douro region, it came as no surprise that the table wines they produced were also of the highest quality. Today, Casa Ferreirinha is seen as a reference point for premier Duoro wines. We will be pouring the following Casa Ferreirinha and Ferreira selections:

2016 Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Duoro Reserva White $18

2015 Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Vinho Tinto $20

2014 Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro $24

Ferreira NV Porto Bronco $18

Tickets may be purchased online, or in our retail shop. The cost of the flight is $15 for general admission, and free for wine club members.  

 

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Wine Tasting with Marty Mathis of Kathryn Kennedy Wines

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We are delighted to welcome local winemaker Marty Mathis, of Kathryn Kennedy wines, for a special tasting event here at Soif. Join us February 17th, from 2pm-4pm, for a guided tasting of the winery's exceptional Santa Cruz Mountain wines. Kathryn Kennedy, Marty's mother, founded the estate in 1973 with a focus of producing sustainable, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the winery has expanded to produce numerous varieties, all while continuing to meet the same standards of excellence. The wines we'll be pouring are as follows:

Kathryn Kennedy NV Brut Sparkling

2016 Kathryn Kennedy Sauvignon Blanc

2006 Kathryn Kennedy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Kathryn Kennedy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Kathryn Kennedy Small Lot Cabernet

2014 Kathryn Kennedy Serious Merlot

These wines will be made available for purchase while supplies last.  The cost of the tasting is $20 for general admission, and as always, Soif wine club members taste for free!

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