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Santa Cruz pinotage? Yes, at Loma Prieta Winery

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 5:18 pm in Corkheads.

Pinotage is the rather rustic grape created in 1925 in South Africa by crossing pinot noir and cinsault. There are less than 50 acres of pinotage growing in California. You know where this is going…

Loma Prieta Winery is the only winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains growing and producing pinotage. If you want to taste what the Cali sun can do for this wild, red variety, I suggest you pop over to the Los Gatos winery this weekend, August 7 and 8, as they taste visitors through their second bottling of the 2008 Pinotage from the Amarosa Vineyard in Lodi. The first sold out in a flash.

The winery is open from noon to 5 p.m. both days.

Pinotage

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