Whilst in Santa Cruz, the husband suggested we do some wine tasting. You can perhaps imagine my reaction. It was somewhere in the vicinity of “OK!” And so I perused my Santa Cruz Mountains wine guide for a promising-looking tasting room and came upon Storrs.
Storrs is one of those rare local wineries whose products I have seen in abundance in local stores. In fact, they have their own little section in the World Market next to my work. Because I always enjoy knowing what I’m buying, I figured I’d give them a try.
I was pleasantly surprised. Since they are in my local shop, I wasn’t expecting the highest quality, but we liked just about everything we tried. The Sauvignon Blanc was crisp and clear if a touch too grassy. We both agreed that the Zinfandel was divine, and I liked the light yet flavorful Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir as well as the Grenache, notable because I’m usually not a Grenache fan. However, the bottle we went home with was the Riesling which was light yet sweet with a hint of bubbles. I cannot tell you how exciting it was to get to try a Riesling. Riesling is probably my favorite varietal, but it just doesn’t grow very well around here, so very few wineries have one, and not only getting to try one but having it be good enough to buy made me almost giddy.
Perhaps the most pleasant part of our wine tasting experience was how reasonably priced the wines were. Our Riesling was a mere $16, and most of the wines cost around $20 which is low for this region and quality. I would absolutely consider buying several of them at World Market, and with a sale, I could even afford it.
Our pourer was pretty cool too. She was very nice, easy to chat with, let us try quite a few wines, and let us do both of our tastings free even though we only bought one bottle. I would definitely go back.