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Saratoga's Cinnabar Winery Tasting Room Offers New Hours, Street Food

A third day of music is also being added starting Sunday, March 10.

Want some fine vino with your food truck dish? No problem.

Starting Friday, March 1, 14612 Big Basin Way, will feature fancy street food from Handheld Catering and Chef Ryan McTighe.

McTighe's curbside mobile kitchen will visit the Tasting Room 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Want to linger longer after the wonderful combination of spirits and cuisine? You got it.

The Tasting Room's hours have changed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday to 12 noon-6 p.m. on those same days. On Friday and Saturday, the hours will be noon to 5 p.m.

And if that's not enough to please customers, the Tasting Room will also offer a third day of live music 3-5 p.m. Sundays, effective March 10, Cinnabar Winery spokesman Joe Gargiulo told Saratoga Patch.

"Our customers spoke, and we listened," said Cinnabar Winery marketing manager Angela Cesari. "The later hours, Sunday afternoon music, and hot meals all resulted from repeated requests by our loyal following."

The Mudd Room, an after-hours wine bar located in the Tasting Room, will continue to offer wine by the glass or bottle as well as artisan cheeses, olives and patés and an eclectic mix of local entertainment: mostly jazz, folk, R&B, acoustic rock, flamenco and classical. See its schedule here.

It's open 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There's no cover charge. It's named after the late vineyard and winery founder Tom Mudd, who died in 2007.

The wine bar's schedule remains unchanged: 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with live music from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The proposed Handheld Catering menu is as follows:

  • Beef Slider with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, fresh thyme and rosemary, Swiss cheese and Dijonaise
  • Guajillo Braised Chicken Sopes with refried beans, crema, queso fresco, and fresh cilantro
  • Pulled Pork Slider: hickory smoked pork butt with mango and jalapeño slaw
  • Portobello Slider with homemade tomato chutney, herbed ricotta and arugula
  • Salmon Slider: freshly ground salmon and preserved Meyer lemon with homemade tartar sauce, shaved fennel and brioche bun
  • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes: roasted and crusted with Parmesan cheese

In operation for more than three decades, the small, family owned winery is under the direction of winemaker George Troquato who makes traditional tasty wine transformed into the Medallion Series and the Watermark Portfolio of wines.

The winery opened in 1981. Grapes used to make Cinnabar wine come from nearby cellars in Los Gatos, Monterey, Paso Robles or Sonoma County, according to the winery's website.

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