I was thrilled during a recent Windy Oaks wine tasting with their 2017 Monterey Night Owl Red. A seductive blend of Grenache, Syrah and MourvÃ¨dre, it is produced, cellared and bottled by Windy Oaks Estate.
Windy Oaks has built an excellent reputation over the years and winemakers Jim and Judy Schultze deserve their well-deserved success.
Crimson Night Owl Red ($ 28) is a full load wine full of fruity flavors and aromas. It takes its name from winemaker Jim’s nocturnal trips to the cellar, especially during harvest and crushing. âDuring his walks in the vineyard, he sometimes meets the great horned owl who lives next to the cellar,â explains Judy. “Two night owls in the vineyard.”
It was during these nightly sessions in the cellars that Jim developed this red blend.
âNight Owl Red has some of the elegance that Windy Oaks wines are known for,â he says on the label. Winemakers say the blend also has a robust character that allows you to pair it with many more hearty foods.
Windy Oaks now has three tasting rooms: the original in Corralitos and now in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley.
Visit windyoaksestate.com for more information.
Sevy’s bar and kitchen
Severino’s Bar and Grill is getting a makeover and changing its name: Sevy’s Bar and Kitchen. It will feature a new bar, updated interiors, and completely renovated exterior seating and decor. Management says the restaurant is 100% committed to staying true to its local nature and will continue to offer farmhouse cuisine, classic cocktails and live entertainment.
Sevy’s Bar and Kitchen (located in the Best Western Seacliff Inn), 7500 Old Dominion Ct., Aptos, 831-688-8987.
Wines of integrity
Integrity Wines is offering free shipping on six or more bottles until the end of December, so there’s still time to buy some to start the new year. Or buy wine in their tasting room at 135 Aviation Way, # 16, Watsonville, 831-322-4322. Visit Integrity.wine for more information.