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Farewell to a Lovely Lady: Katy Lovell of Poetic Cellars

by Laura Ness - HerVineNess on July 16, 2013

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What is a life cut short? A life lived in ¾ time. Intense, passionate and deliberate.

Such is the life of winemaker Katy Lovell, of Poetic Cellars, a true Renaissance woman, who embodied the lost art of grace, dignity and perseverance in the face of adversity. A truly generous, good-hearted soul who always saw the best in everyone and in every situation, Katy greeted the world with a warm smile, no matter what. Tragically, she was taken from this life far too soon, another victim of cancer: she was only 57 when she passed away on July 10, 2013, at her home in Santa Cruz.PoeticBannerSM

Born in Hemet, CA, on January 1, 1956, Katy was the first baby of that year in her hometown, and was always an excellent student, athlete and musician. Katy was one of only three women winemakers in the Santa Cruz Mountains: she was a pioneer, a master blender and a hero to many. Poetic Cellars was the fulfillment of her dream to make wines as contemplative and beautiful as her weavings and quilts. In her post college days, Katy was an accomplished flutist, a talented fabric artist and cabinetmaker before turning to full-time winemaking in the mid 1990’s. After studying oenology at UC Davis, she subsequently founded Rios-Lovell winery in Livermore.

Katy was also a single mother of 3 children, Julie, age 19, Brett, age 21 and Zac, age 23: they were her proudest achievement, and all are enrolled in college. Both sons graduated from Los Gatos High School, and her daughter, from Harbor High School.katy_sirenContemplativeSM

Fortunately, for those who knew her and those who didn’t, she leaves behind the gift of her beautiful wine. She was renowned for her racy and wild mourvedre, big, yet silky syrahs and bold and concentrated petite sirahs.

Poetic Cellars is open every weekend from noon til 5pm at 5000 North Rodeo Gulch Drive, Soquel. Take the Vine Hill exit off Highway 17 north of Scotts Valley. poeticcellars.com

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Upcoming Events at Poetic Cellars to Benefit Her Children

Saturday, July 20: Passport Day at Poetic Cellars. Enjoy wines & wares from local vendors, food for purchase, including drunken raisin bread pudding and berry tarts from Chef Desiree. A vertical of Petite Sirah will be on sale, along with magnums and cases on special. noon til 5pm at the winery.

Sunday, July 21 – Special tasting of Poetic Cellars wines at Vinocruz in downtown Santa Cruz to benefit the family of late winemaker, Katy Lovell. Come join us from 2pm til 5pm to taste and purchase these great Poetic Cellars wines: 2011 Masquerade, 09 Mourvedre, 08 Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot, 07 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2007 Syrah. Wine and food pairing, $20.  Food from Cafe Gabriella and more. Live auction to help defray medical & final expenses, includes magnums, lunches and dinners from local restaurants, wine event tickets, Passports and more.

Tuesday, July 23: Winetasting Tribute to Katy Lovell at Viva! in Los Gatos

Join the crowd of Katy admirers at Viva! from 5:30 til 8:30 for a celebratory tribute to one of our favorite winemakers in the Valley. Some of her favorites will be poured, along with some rare finds from the cellar!

JordanPresentsSMJuly 27: Bring Home the Bacon! A delicious wine and donut pairing, courtesy of Psycho Donuts in Campbell. At Poetic Cellars.  Donut and wine pairing, $10. 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. 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!

August 4: Sunday, “Pizza & Poetry” Party on the Patio at Nonno’s in Redwood Estates, 2pm til 5pm, featuring Ralph’s famous pizza, salad and wine tasting, $20 per person. Benefits winemaker Katy Lovell’s family. Poetic Cellars wines will be available for sale, so come, meet new friends, enjoy a summer afternoon and stock up.

Life is too short to drink wine that isn’t worth sharing with someone special, yourself included.PoeticLogo

 

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