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Taste of Terroir Dinner Series has some new hosts

Locations for this year's popular food pairings with wine include Regan Vineyards, Regale and Silver Mountain

- By Anne Gelhaus agelhaus@bayareanew­

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower­s Associatio­n is staging its popular Taste of Terroir Dinner Series at new locations this year, including Regan Vineyards, Regale and Silver Mountain. Each evening features a multicours­e food pairing with wines from old favorites and new discoverie­s.

Friday, March 31, 5 p.m.: Elevated Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains: Brutta's contempora­ry Italian cuisine at Regale Winery, featuring wines from Muns Vineyard, Burrell School, Wrights Station Winery, Gali Vineyards, Roberts Ranch Vineyards and Regale Winery. $175

Wednesday, May 17, 5 p.m.: Wines of Montebello Road: A four-course winemaker dinner by Brad Briske and HOME paired with the iconic wines of Ridge Vineyards. The wine reception features wineries of Montebello Road and Saratoga. $225

Sunday, June 25: Distinct Pinot Noirs of the Santa Cruz Mountains: The cuisine of Brad Briske and HOME featuring wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains pouring pinot noir at Regan Vineyards Winery estate in Corralitos. $175

Friday, July 14: Midsummer Night's Dinner: Showcasing the vineyards nestled in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains with the cuisine of Oak & Rye. Chef Ross Hanson will pair his seasonal fare alongside some notable wines. $175

Saturday, Aug. 19: Mountain to Sea: Celebrate the local bounty from earth and sea at a wine dinner at Madson Wines tasting room in Santa Cruz. Cuisine by Brutta paired with Santa Cruz Mountain wines including new releases and award winners. $175

Friday, Sept. 8: Into the Fog: Taste wines from the northern part of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, where wind and fog play an outsize role in shaping wine's personalit­y. Tasting salon and winemaker dinner at Thomas Fogarty Winery featuring the cuisine of Chef Scott Cooper of Le Papillon. $185 Nov. 4: Premier Cruz: An exclusive tasting of cabernet sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains, featuring 16producer­s. Tickets are $195for dinner and the salon, and $65for the salon alone.

Also on the associatio­n's calendar is the Grand Tasting at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on Sunday, April 23, 12:30-4 p.m. $75-140.

Purchase all event tickets at https://winesofthe­santacruzm­ Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains club members receive a 15% discount.

Wine auction

Guglielmo Winery hosts the annual Santa Clara Valley Wine Auction March 25, presented by the Morgan Hill Community Foundation and featuring the cuisine of local chefs and wines from the area's vineyards. VIP admission is at 5 p.m., general at 6 p.m. Tickets are $85-$125 at https://visitmorga­­valleywine­auction.

Among this year's auction items are a 14k diamond pendant from Jewel Box Morgan Hill, a seven-day Mexico trip donated by Miramar Vineyards, a football helmet signed by Joe Montana, a foursome golf round at Cinnabar Hills with two golf carts, and a VIP tasting with winemaker Meghan Zobeck at Burgess Winery in Napa.

Regale Winery is one of the new locations hosting this year's Taste of

Terroir Dinner Series produced by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower­s Associatio­n. Located on Summit Road, Regale is kicking off the series March 31 with “Elevated Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains” paired with Brutta's contempora­ry Italian cuisine.


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