Katy Lovell, winemaker and proprietor of Poetic Cellars in the Santa Cruz Mountains, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on July 10. She was one of only three women winemakers in the Santa Cruz Mountains and a pioneer and master blender. She founded Poetic Cellars in 2003 after leaving the Rios-Lovell Winery she founded in Livermore. She was also a single mother of 3 children.
In memory of this wonderful winemaker there are many events taking place in the Santa Cruz Mountains over the next month to celebrate her life and benefit her family.
- Sunday, July 21, 2:00-5:00 p.m. – Special tasting of Poetic Cellars wines at Vinocruz in downtown Santa Cruz to benefit the family of Katy Lovell.
Taste Poetic Cellars 2011 Masquerade, 2009 Mourvedre, 2008 Merlot, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2007 Syrah. Enjoy a food and wine pairing for $20. Plus a live auction to help defray medical and final expenses includes magnums, lunches and dinners from local restaurants, wine event tickets, Passports and more.
- Tuesday, July 23. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Winetasting Tribute to Katy Lovell at Viva! In Los Gatos
Join a crowd of Katy admirers at Viva! For a celebratory tribute and enjoy some of her favorite wines including some rare finds from her cellar!
- Saturday, July 27, Noon – 5:00 p.m. – Bring Home the Bacon!
Enjoy a delicious wine and donut pairing, courtesy of Psycho Donuts in Campbell, at Poetic Cellars. The event includes a special donut and wine pairing for $10. You will also enjoy live music by local Santa Cruz musician, Asher Stern, art jewelry by Elizabeth Moon, desserts for purchase by Chef Desiree and mini Manhattan sliders, featuring Tony Baker’s bacon on brioche rolls with local avocados, courtesy of Kim Solano of The Haute Enchilada, just $4 each. Also enjoy tastings of a fine selection of Tabitha’s awesome “Friend in Cheeses” jams, Jeanne’s wine jellies and apricot chutneys & preserves from B& R Farms. Take your chances on a raffle of recently discovered “mystery” magnums – we’re not sure what’s in them, but it’s worth $20 to find out!
- Sunday, August 4, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – “Pizza & Poetry” Party on the Patio at Nonno’s in Redwood Estates
This party features Ralph’s famous pizza, salad and Poetic Cellars wine tasting for only $20 per person to benefit Katy Lovell’s family. Poetic Cellars will be available for sale, so join us and meet new friends while enjoying a summer afternoon.
- Raffle for $600 Anastasio Moda Wine Bag
Angelo Anastasio of Anastasio Moda has generously donated a wine-themed beauty to help Katy’s family. Raffle tickets are $10 each (5 for $40). The raffle ends on July 28. Tickets can be purchased at a variety of locations in Saratoga, including Ruthe Roberts Wine Collective, Saratoga Eyes, Big Basin Vineyards, Vine Life Gifts, Los Gatos Coffee Roasting on Main Street, The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce and the Butter Paddle in Los Gatos. Tickets are also available at several wineries, including Burrell School Vineyards, Loma Prieta Winery, Sones Cellars, Vinocruz and Poetic Cellars.
For further information about Katy Lovell and Poetic Cellars:
- Poetic Cellars website
- San Jose Wine Examiner article about Poetic Cellars