This Year's Pumpkin Festival-Label Wine
Most people who attend the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Main Street, look forward to the famous coastal food as much as the world-class art and fabulous entertainment.
Rounding out the experience, festivalgoers will also have the opportunity to sip and savor exceptional wine, as Half Moon Bay Winery returns as the festival’s official wine sponsor.
Half Moon Bay Winery's 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from Redwood Valley is this year's Pumpkin Festival label wine. Honoring the 49th year of the festival, this Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Viognier is brisk and full of citrus zest. Great with seafood, such as fresh Dungeness crab, this Sauvignon Blanc is full and enchanting, and the aromas are zesty with lychee and pink grapefruit in the nose.
On the red side, the festival will feature Half Moon Bay Winery's Noir, a 2014 Sangiovese from Redwood Valley. As in every B movie you ever swooned over, this Sangiovese blend evokes mystery and drama, like the slanted shadows of venetian blinds played across a rumpled bed. Blended from grapes that were hand picked off the knobby old limbs of Mendocino County vines... after sundown. It's moody, dark, louche – irresistible, really, in its overtly cheeky way, and insincerely sorry for its audacity.
Both wines will be available by the glass at two booths hosted by the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.
The Pumpkin Festival-label Sauvignon Blanc will also be available by the bottle (to take home) at the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee’s Pumpkin Festival merchandise booth.
Half Moon Bay Winery is owned by Joe Cotchett, a longtime Main Street preservationist. “In creating the Half Moon Bay Winery label, we’ve taken the opportunity to make wines that complement the coast’s signature produce and seafood,” says Joe Cotchett. “Visitors will be able to enjoy pairing coastside wine and food while strolling at the festival.”
The winery’s current releases are two red wines and two white wines: Fisherman’s Red; Sangiovese ‘Noir’; Coastal Fog White; and Mavericks Sauvignon Blanc.
Half Moon Bay Winery uses grapes from well-established vines grown on California’s North Coast. The wines are available at various coastside retail and restaurant locations: A Grape in the Fog; Cameron’s Inn, Pub & Restaurant; Chez Shea; Coastside Market; Cunha’s Country Grocery Store; Half Moon Bay Fish Market; Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese; New Leaf Community Market; Norm’s Market; and Sushi Main Street. For information, visit their website at http://www.halfmoonbaywinery.com.