Edible Monterey Bay

Thanks Be To Wine

November 18, 2019 – With Thanksgiving just over the river and through the woods, we thought it would be fun to share some recommendations on wines from our local wineries. It’s a mix of wines you can find at major grocery stores and some you need to visit the winery to acquire or order online. In alphabetical order, we urge you to drink local this holiday season.

Big Basin Vineyards – 2017 Wirz Old Vine Vineyard Carignane – A gorgeous garnet hue in the glass is just the beginning of this wine’s innate charm, unfolding with vivid blueberry and pomegranate fruit. Pair with dark turkey thigh meat and cranberry-chile relish. For white wine lovers, the pristine 2017 Howard Family Chardonnay from Corralitos would be a fantastic pair with apple-quince almond … Read More

Albatross Ridge Taking Over Cima Collina Winery and Tasting Rooms

October 29, 2019 – As is often the case in family owned businesses where not all the members are as keen on the particular product as others, Cima Collina winery is closing its doors after 18 years. Winemaker Annette Hoff announced in a recent email and on Facebook that the winery is shutting down production, although the tasting rooms in both Carmel Valley and Marina will remain open through the end of the year. When Dick Lumpkin, the tour de force behind Cima Collina winery passed away this past spring, the family opted not to continue the brand. And so another chapter in Carmel Valley wine history is coming to a close.

Lumpkin first planted vines at Hilltop Ranch in Carmel Valley in 2001, with three acres of Pinot Noir … Read More

Madson Wines: Ode to The Vineyards

October 1, 2019 – Staring down the nosebleed steep rows of Viognier at Purisima Vineyard (Corralitos) from the relative safety of his 4WD truck, winemaker Cole Thomas, an agroecology major from UCSC, says, “I’ll be honest. I worry about rolling the tractor on these hills sometimes.” It’s a forthright confession from a viticulturist tasked with the near impossibility of tending 100 acres of gnarly wildness, perched in a series of bowls more suited to skiing than grape growing. Thomas and his business partner in Madson Wines, viticulturist Ken Swegles of Rhizos Viticulture, have a thing for uniquely sited vineyards. This one is a poster child.

Purisima is basically a rugged bowl, capped with ankle-turning rocky soil, churned up out of the bowels of the heavily faulted earth that never stops … Read More

Clean, Healthy Eating with a Punch of Flavor Powers the New Pacific Bowls & Rolls

Pacific Bowls & Rolls began life as The Poke Lab, but entrepreneur Greg Ahn (Folktale, 7th & Dolores, ABV and soon-to-open Rise & Roam) thought it was just the kind of business he wanted to have in downtown Monterey, so he bought the place in February of 2019. It reopened in June of this year as Pacific Bowls & Rolls with much of the staff remaining, including GM Katie Martinez, whose smile is almost as big as her heart. 

Martinez describes the place as a fast, casual concept that emphasizes values like ethically and sustainably raised protein sources, pointing out that all poultry is sourced from Mary’s Chicken and all meat from Niman Ranch. “Poke Lab established great sources for sustainable seafood, partnering with Monterey Seafood Watch right from … Read More

Peek into the Future at Inaugural Barrels of Corralitos Tasting

As wineries in our coastal mountains prepare for harvest 2019, some are getting ready to bottle prior vintages. It’s a great time to barrel taste the future and put your orders in! Get your tickets to the first Annual Barrels of Corralitos event and for one price you get to taste not only current vintage wines, but ones that haven’t yet been bottled. 

Six wineries along the Corralitos Wine Trail are getting ready to welcome you on Sunday, September 1, to their special spots, where you’ll get to see the vineyards at their busiest, ripening those grapes to perfection in the late summer sun.

At each of the six stops, you’ll enjoy tasting flights, barrel samples and special pricing on futures, with live music and food for purchase at some … Read More