Wine Tasting at Vin, Vino, Wine, Thursday, June 2
You might be thinking of the young, fruity Beaujolais Nouveau that comes out once a year to the joy of many Frenchmen and women and is not exactly a wine one would call sophisticated, but according to the claims of the experts at Vin, Vino, Wine in Palo Alto, 2009 was a kind year to the grape. They say that “the 2009 Cru Beaujolais bears no relation to Beaujolais Nouveau. Many bottles show little fruit at all, and bear way more resemblance to classic Red Burgundy…these are seriously interesting and seriously satisfying reds, priced between $22 and $45.” It might be worth a try. Taste five for $18 or all eight for $35.
Annual Greek Festival, Friday, June 3
Looking for a laid back way to start your weekend? Come to the Greek festival for some fresh Greek food accompanied by live music and a festive atmosphere. There are plenty of sweets found outside, but if you’re looking for what’s real and more authentic, visit the community center near the dancing area. While gyros are considered Greek fast food, The souvlaki, sausages, salads, tzaziki sauce, and roast lamb found inside the community center are more everyday foods.Grab some fries, Greek sausage and sip on a glass of Retsina, a specialty wine from Greece, then finish your meal with a traditional frappe coffee drink.
Sunset Magazine Celebration, Saturday, June 4
Among the many other fun events happening this weekend, is the day when Sunset Magazine becomes three dimensional and opens its doors to the public. The event attracts the magazine’s fans with tours of its gardens, test kitchen, chef demos, and how to demonstrations. There will be a chance to meet and mingle with the magazine’s writers and editors, enjoy fine food, wine, shopping and more.
Montalvo’s Food & Wine Classic, Sunday, June 5
If you’re in the mood for something truly elegant, spend your Sunday night at Montalvo’s Food & Wine Classic. You will find yourself surrounded by the beauty of Montalvo Arts Center and tempted by delicate foods and dizzying wines. The tastings are led by celebrated chefs and sommeliers, showcasing many upscale restaurants and wineries from Northern and Central California. In addition, there will be rare and limited edition wines and fabulous dining and travel packages available for auction. All proceeds go to Montalvo’s arts education programs.
Vinters’ Festival, Sunday, June 5
The Santa Cruz Vintners’ Festival offers participants a self-guided tour in which they may take part in barrel tasting, meet winemakers, and enjoy music, art and good food. This years’ vintners’ festival will be held on two consecutive weekends. The first weekend, June 4th & 5th, the festival will be hosted at wineries and restaurants in Santa Cruz County. The second weekend, June 11th & 12th, the festival will be hosted at wineries and restaurants in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Participating wineries will be pouring from 11am to 5pm with restaurants closing at 4pm.