Sta. Cruz Mountains Wine & Crab Taste-Off

Winter is crab season on the Central Coast, and this special event will feature crab from local fisherman, prepared by local chef’s and paired with wines from local wineries. This will make for a quintessential pairing in which guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the winemakers and learn why the Santa Cruz Mountains is known for not only phenomenal wines but also a home for cracking crab and eating out.

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the ninth annual Wine & Crab Taste-Off!  Five of the finest local restaurants will be battling it out in hopes of being named “Crab Cook 2012.”  They need your help to make the decision, so come and judge for yourself!

All five restaurants will be preparing two crab dishes to satisfy your appetite on Sunday, January 22nd from 2-5pm.  For $49.00, they welcome you to take on the challenge of “consumer judge”.  Taste food and wine at two restaurants, of your choice, and let them know what you think.  All ballots will be tallied to determine the “Consumer Choice Awards” as well as scores from professional judges for the “Judges Choice Awards”.  For an additional $16.00 you can visit another restaurant of your choice.

What:         Wine & Crab Taste -Off

When:        Sunday, January 22, 2012; 2p.m. – 5p.m.

Where:      Paradise Beach Grill, Capitola; Café Cruz, Soquel; Michael’s on Main, Soquel; Ma Maison, Aptos; Sanderings at Seascape Beach Resort, Aptos

Cost:           $49.00 per person for two restaurants ($16.00 each additional   restaurant)