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Santa Cruz County Wine

Appellation vs. Terroir

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Appellation is a term which describes the geographic region where wine grapes are grown.

The Santa Cruz Mountains wine growing appellation covers a large geographic region that reaches from south of San Francisco through the Pajaro Valley and Watsonville, and from the Pacific Ocean to the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountain range.

Terroir is a French word referring to characteristics of a wine's flavor that is derived from the soil, climate and farming methods used at the vineyard site.

Santa Cruz Mountain wines are boldly influenced by extremes of terroir found in the appellation which climbs from the sea level to 3,000-foot mountain peaks, and from fog shrouded western slopes to arid sun drenched eastern hillsides. It also is reflected in the responsible farming methods used by area vinters.

The complexity and diversity of terroir found in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation offers a unique opportunity for the novice and connoisseur to enjoy and appreciate the extensive range of premium wines which are produced within this region.

Wine Boot Camp

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This program offers an in-depth look at wine making and is under the tutelage of expert winemakers and viticulturists. Participants visit the Cooper-Garrot Estate Vineyard and Cinnabar for behind-the-scenes winery and vineyard visits which include in field and cellar hands-on workshops. Other highlights are sessions about aromatics, varietal tasting, food and wine pairing, wine blending, and cracking the secret code of wine lists. Lunch is included and there are ongoing opportunities to taste the wines produced by Santa Cruz Mountain wineries.

For additional information visit www.winebootcamp.com.

Santa Cruz County Wine Map

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Santa Cruz County Wine Map

Santa Cruz Mountain Winery Directory

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Interested in wine tasting in Santa Cruz County? View our directory of each winery along with contact information.

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Wine Words

Aggressive

A harshness of taste influenced by excessive acid.

Balance

Harmony of main wine component flavors fruit, sugar, acid, tannins, alcohol.

Bite

Flavor sharpness coming from the wine's acidity.

Buttery

A creamy-vanilla flavor wine, often Chardonnay, that is aged in new oak barrels.

Chewy

A harshness of taste influenced by excessive acid.

Clean

Harmony of main wine component flavors fruit, sugar, acid, tannins, alcohol.

Closed

Flavor sharpness coming from the wine's acidity.

Complex

A flavor created from tannins. It is preferred in many Italian red wines.

Crisp

A creamy-vanilla flavor wine, often Chardonnay, that is aged in new oak barrels.

Depth

A harshness of taste influenced by excessive acid.

Finish

Harmony of main wine component flavors fruit, sugar, acid, tannins, alcohol.

Fruit

Flavor sharpness coming from the wine's acidity.

Mellow

A flavor created from tannins. It is preferred in many Italian red wines.

Nutty

A creamy-vanilla flavor wine, often Chardonnay, that is aged in new oak barrels.

Oaky

A flavor created from tannins. It is preferred in many Italian red wines.

Smokey

A creamy-vanilla flavor wine, often Chardonnay, that is aged in new oak barrels.

Spicy

A harshness of taste influenced by excessive acid.

Steely

Harmony of main wine component flavors fruit, sugar, acid, tannins, alcohol.

Toasty

Flavor sharpness coming from the wine's acidity.

Yeasty

A flavor created from tannins. It is preferred in many Italian red wines.