Contact: Jennifer Chiesa
Public Relations Manager
Direct Dial: 650-712-7696
Celebrate Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains at
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, Calif. – June 2008 – The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is partnering with wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountains, offering guests a near-by, premium wine region to taste and explore. Every few weeks a new winery will be featured throughout the Resort, including wine-pairings with the Chef’s tasting menu in the Resort’s restaurant, Navio. Guests will enjoy wines from the region at check-in, in The Conservatory and are also welcome to bring in a bottle of their favorite Santa Cruz wine when they dine in Navio during the week, Monday through Wednesday, and we will waive corkage service.
Encompassing the area from Half Moon Bay in the north to Mount Madonna in the south, the Santa Cruz Mountains have been a wine producing region since the late 1800s. The Appellation’s vineyards are among the precious few in California situated close to the ocean. Varied microclimates, marine influence, mountain terrain and distinctive soils combine to produce some of the finest conditions for wine production.
FEATURED WINERIES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, HALF MOON BAY:
Alfaro Family Vineyards – June 6 to 26, 2008
Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards– June 27 to July 17, 2008
Bonny Doon Vineyard – July 18 to August 7, 2008
Burrell School Vineyards – August 8 to 28, 2008
Testarossa Vineyards – August 29 to September 18, 2008
Storrs Winery – September 19 to October 9, 2008
Ridge Vineyards – October 10 to 30, 2008
Whether enjoying the Chef’s Tasting Menu and wine pairing in Navio, or having a glass of wine during the week, guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay can savor a selection of wines from one of the most distinctive wine regions in California.
“ENO-VERSITY” WINE CLASSES
The Resort will also hold wine education classes* - “Eno-Versity” - taught by Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, which will be offered on Saturday afternoons from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the ENO wine bar. An intimate tasting room, designed to encourage interaction and communication, ENO is the perfect setting for learning about, discovering and discussing wine with the experts.
ENO-Versity Class schedule:
· Alfaro Family Vineyards – Sat. June 28
· Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards – Sat. July 5
· Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards – Sat. July 12
· Bonny Doon Vineyard - Sat. July 19
· Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards – Sat. July 26
· Bonny Doon Vineyard - Sat. Aug 2
· Alfaro Family Vineyards - Sat. August 9
· Burrell School Vineyards - Sat. Aug 16
· Burrell School Vineyards – Sat. Aug. 23
· Testarossa Vineyards - Sat. Aug 30
· Testarossa Vineyards – Sat. Sept 6
· Testarossa Vineyards – Sat. Sept 13
· Storrs Winery – Sat. Sept 20
· Storrs Winery – Sat. Sept 27
· Ridge Vineyards – Sat. Oct 11
· Sat. Oct. 18 – No Class: Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival
· Ridge Vineyards – Sat. Oct 25
*Saturday classes held from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in ENO are $35 per person. Space is limited to 12 people and participants must be at least 21 years of age. Parking for non-hotel guests is $5. To register please call Resort Reservations at (650) 712-7040. Additional information can be found at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/. Please note: Schedule is subject to change without notice.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a 261-room destination spa and golf resort, 30 miles south of San Francisco. Set atop a rugged bluff overlooking 50 miles of pristine California coastline, the timeless oceanfront estate provides guests with a relaxed yet refined experience, whether for a romantic getaway, meeting or special event. For reservations, please contact your travel professional or toll-free at (800) 241-3333. For additional information, please call the resort directly at (650) 712-7000, or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/.
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