From the recording Cool Nights in Santa Cruz
After one of my first sailing trips to the Islands, I took a short drive to Santa Cruz, south of San Francisco. I walked along the Boardwalk and soaked up the ambiance of this lively scene. A big clipper ship sailed across the mouth of Monterey Bay that afternoon. A few weeks passed and a friend invited me to a wine tour at the Byington Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. After a look at the casks, we strolled through the pinot noir vineyards. The tour guide explained that this grape variety makes the best wine because of the “cool nights.” With clipper ships and cool nights, this song was born. What a haunting descant that Georgia Glaze sings on the chorus!