Ξ December 11th, 2007 | → 2 Comments | ∇ A Day at a Time, Wine Bars |

Santa Cruz, Ca. is known for many things, from Travel and Leisure’s 10 Great Places to Spend Christmas, 2007, to Outside’s Best Towns, 2007. Yet something was missing. Though the epicenter of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA we have a distinctive shortage of wine bars. Into this gap has stepped Soif in downtown Santa Cruz. Soif

Soif, French for thirst, opened August 6th, 2002, and the Santa Cruz community has been well served ever since. Their wine list is clearly international.

Wall of wines

Efforts have been made to open their retail to a greater assortment of local wines. There is not a Ridge to be found. Or Hunter Hill. Neither can be found a Kathryn Kennedy.

The problem of local Santa Cruz wine representation appears to be precisely Soif’s strength: here one may fine vintage Vilmart champagne, rare Burgundy, exotic, steely Chablis, limited productions Priorats, excellent Portuguese efforts, bright Rieslings. Though not the only local wine bar, it is certainly the best. And given the grim business practicalities of operating a shop of any kind here, I wish them the best!

[2008 Spring update forthcoming.]



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  1. patrice said,

    on April 26th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the sweet write up. After 13 years at Bonny Doon and 8 years at my own winery in Paso Robles, finding wines that were out of the ordinary had become a constant quest. When I decided to open a wine bar, there was one mission: to carry wines (delicious, with integrity, that bespeak the terroir, culture and people from whence they come) that were not available in Santa Cruz. Be that as it may, Soif does indeed carry wines from the Santa Cruz Mts appellation, including something from Ridge Vineyards (Del Carlo Vineyard Zinfandel), and about 15 other wines from the SC Mtns.



  2. Administrator said,

    on April 26th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    You are welcome, Patrice. And you are quite right about the SC Mtns wines! I have noticed on my twice weekly visits the increasing presence of local wines. The original Soif post of December 11th is in need of an update, something I will do in a week or so. Your bistro/wine store is and remains a jewel of downtown Santa Cruz, a ‘must’ for locals and visitors. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

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