End-of-Harvest "Double-Fun Wine Tastings" At Roudon-Smith & Mica Cellars — November 19, 2011

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Venerable Roudon-Smith Winery and rising star Mica Cellars have announced grand opening celebrations at their new wine tasting rooms in Watsonville, California, to be held simultaneously on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Their end-of-harvest “Double-Fun Wine Tastings,” hosted respectively by owners/winemakers Al Drewke and Mica Raas, will feature wine tasting, light appetizers and barrel tastings of their popular and appealing wines at this unique wine event.

Roudon-Smith Winery and Mica Cellars have announced concurrent grand opening celebrations at their side-by-side wine tasting rooms in a conveniently located new location in Watsonville, California, near the Watsonville Airport, just off of State Highway 1. The double celebrations that also observe the end of harvest, will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2011, from 11am to 5pm. On that day, Roudon-Smith will also participate in the Fall Santa Cruz Mountains Passport event.

Roudon-Smith Brings Award-Winning Winemaking Heritage

With its roots firmly planted as a Santa Cruz Mountains winery for nearly forty years, Roudon-Smith brings its fine wines to a new, conveniently located tasting room in Watsonville where it shares the same roof with up-and-coming Mica Cellars. While putting finishing touches on the new tasting room in preparation for the upcoming end-of-harvest “Double-Fun Wine Tastings,” owner Al Drewke commented, “We’re thrilled to be here in our new location, where we’ll continue to make great, affordable and food-friendly wine and have easy access for tasting every Saturday.”

At the event, Roudon-Smith will be welcoming the public, Roudon-Smith Wine Club members and Santa Cruz Mountains Passport holders, where Drewke will be pouring his current wine releases, complemented with light appetizers and an occasional barrel tasting of an upcoming release. All current Roudon-Smith wine releases will also be available for purchase at per-bottle prices ranging from $15 to $30. In addition, as part of the celebration, the winery’s fabled Claret will be available by the case for $144/case and $100/case for wine club members. The Roudon-Smith 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon will be availabel for $86/half case and $75/half-case for wine club members.

Mica Cellars Known for Unique Artisan Wines

Mica Raas, owner at Mica Cellars, is a young winemaker that believes that winemaking is far more an art than a science, and that true perfection in winemaking can only be obtained by what he calls, “careful management of microbial chaos.” With origins in the wine trade as a “cellar rat,” he recently returned to the Santa Cruz Mountains area after, “working my way up the ladder making vineyard designate Zinfandel in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley . . . and then Napa and Lodi,” to create his own quickly sought-after wines under his new Mica Cellars label.

At the upcoming end-of-harvest “Double-Fun Wine Tastings,” Raas will pour his current release wines in his own tasting room, adjacent to Roudon-Smith’s, along with light appetizers. Barrel tastings will also be available on selected future releases. All current Mica Cellars wine releases will be available for purchase at prices ranging from $15 to $30 per-bottle.

End-of-Harvest “Double-Fun Wine Tastings” Celebrations Information

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 11am-5pm
Minutes from Santa Cruz, Monterey, Morgan Hill and Gilroy, near the Watsonville Airport, at 18 Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076
A $5 fee for wine tasting at each winery, refundable with any wine purchase
Santa Cruz Mountains Passport holders welcomed by Roudon-Smith at no charge, one per member. Passports also available for $40 each
Roudon-Smith Wine Club members welcomed at no charge, one per member
Roudon-Smith Winery website at: http://www.roudonsmith.com
Mica Cellars website at: http://www.micacellars.com

About Roudon-Smith Winery

One of the original wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Appellation, Roudon-Smith Winery has nurtured a distinguished heritage of viticultural excellence and consistency since 1972, complemented by a contemporary passion and dedication to create quality, affordable wine. Encouraging the fruit from each selected vineyard to flourish in the winemaking process without manipulation to retain its true character, Roudon-Smith’s winemaker, Brandon Armitage, subtly employs the use of oak — just enough to enhance the personality of each vineyard’s harvest, ultimately transforming the fruit into fine, well balanced wine. Roudon-Smith’s critically acclaimed wines are a perfect choice for entertaining and complement a broad selection of cuisines.

The Roudon-Smith tasting room is located at 18 Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076, near the Watsonville Airport, just off of State Highway 1 and is open every Saturday from noon to 5pm. For information about Roudon-Smith Winery; membership in the Roudon-Smith Wine Club; wine events and retail locations and restaurants where Roudon-Smith wines can be purchased; or to purchase wine directly from the winery, please visit: http://www.roudonsmith.com or call: 831-438-1244.

About Mica Cellars
Winemaker Mica Raas, a Santa Cruz Mountains native, possesses an intimate knowledge of the micro terroir, soil, and climate that the Monterey Bay region offers, garnering his fruit exclusively from very small, family operated vineyards. He takes an holistic approach to making his well balanced and hand crafted artisanal wines, and focuses on the crafting of vineyard designates and field blends. Raas is committed to ensuring that all of the parts of each of his wines are in balance, yet he allows them to also all be expressed, each exhibiting a sense of place and varietal character. Through these meticulous efforts, Mica Cellars is able to showcase a collection of truly expressive and exceptional wines.

The Mica Cellars tasting room is located at 18 Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076, near the Watsonville Airport, just off of State Highway 1 and is open every Saturday from noon to 5pm. For information about Mica Cellars; wine events and retail locations and restaurants where Mica Cellars wines can be purchased; or to purchase wine directly from the winery, please visit: http://www.micacellars.com or call: 831-227-4916.

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