Last night, to celebrating my best being in town from FL (and her new baby!) we went out to a wine and tapas restaurant in Santa Cruz called Soif. It's all organic, right down to every taste of wine. We enjoyed some fantastic (and one okay) wines, including a Chardonnay from Chablis, France which has a soft mineral taste with hints of light citrus ... a great Old World Chardonnay. There was also an Austrian Red Blend that tasted remarkably of black pepper with a fatty yet smooth texture and a Tempranillo/Granciano from Rioja that tasted WAY too much of black liquorice. Wasn't able to finish off that one.
I also had a Sparkling Pinot Noir to cap off the night - that was delicious and completely enjoyable. I definitely recommend trying sparkling blush wines if you want to try something unique.