I've added a new link to the blog for 'Friends of the Winemakers'. FOW for short, is a group Stef and I joined originally as supporting members. Then we converted to a member winery when we started making wine.
The mission of the organization is to preserve the history and support the efforts of winemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley. They also have a really, really good time doing it. Stef and I don't get to go on nearly as many events as we'd like to with the group since the parties and trips are usually on Saturday's when we're busy working. If you have free time though, this is a great group to check out.
We also host an annual event for FOW members. Each November we prepare a special dinner and pair our wines with that dinner. I talk about each wine and the food pairing we've put together. The cost is under $50 and includes a 4-5 course meal and a sampling of all our wines. It's really a very fun event.
This year for instance for the main course we're planing on smalll portion of:
Lamb chop with mint jelly and lentils d' provance.
St Andre's bison chesse burger with Stefania's Blackberry BBQ sauce.
Filet Mignon with pepper/port reduction sauce.
The three will be served on one tasting plate and paired with our 2006 Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch, 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Uvas Creek Vineyard, and a special sneak preview of our un-released 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains. The idea is to be able to sample each wine, with each meat and see what makes the best combo!
So do give FOW a look, it's a great group of people and we enjoy our annual event with them!