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The Wines of Santa Cruz Mountains

From: user 5.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 9:35 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The San Francisco Wine, Art and more Meetup Group!

What: The Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains

When: January 27,[masked]:00-8:30 p.m.

Donation: $20.00 per person

The Box SF
1069 Howard Street (Between 6th & 7th)
San Francisco, CA 94103

[co-sponsored with the Bay Area Wine Society]

We are holding our first event of the new decade in an historic (1920) very cool SOMA renovated space that once housed William Randolf Hearst's printing plant . The Box SF is the brainchild of uber-entrepreneur Mark Sackett. As you can see from the visuals it lends itself to our wine events. It is two blocks from the Civic Center BART station, close to the Bay Bridge, with plenty of street parking.

This is a private event for Meetup members and their guests. Individuals can join at the door, though space is limited. To encourage prepayment, we will hold a raffle of wines and other goodies as we did with the Fancy Food show passes at our December tasting. We will stop pouring the wines at 8:30 p.m., but attendees can stay another hour to socialize.

We expect to have some vintners present to discuss their wines and the special characteristics of this AVA. More than 20 wines will be available for sampling and purchase at significant discounts. Remember, we consider these gatherings as mobile tasting room/wine trunk show events. Credit will also be given for your dues payment toward a minimum purchase.

The Santa Cruz Mountains has been recognized as a premium wine producing region since the late 1800's when local winegrowers first began to win acclaim for their wines in national and international competitions. Few of these original wineries survived prohibition, but many new wineries have developed since the 1940's.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American Viticultural Areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

The number of wineries and the acreage planted in the Santa Cruz Mountains has increased dramatically in recent years as the area has become recognized as a unique grape-growing region. The individual microclimates, marine influence, mountain terrain, distinctive soils, and low crop levels, all contribute to the production of intensely concentrated fruit.

There are now over 70 small, family-owned wineries in the region. The small size of these operations allows the winemakers the opportunity to handcraft their wines and to maximize the potential of the grapes. The same spirit of innovation, independence, and determination that distinguished the great winemakers of the 19th century lives on today.

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