Edible Monterey Bay

Outpouring of Support for Sante Arcangeli Grand Opening

July 16, 2019 – When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Thankfully, John and Melanie Benedetti, beloved owners of Sante Arcangeli Winery, have a lot of tough friends, who pulled together to get the new tasting room in Aptos Village open as of Saturday, July 13. Largely due to efforts of neighboring shop owners and longtime friends, Ellen and Eric Gil, along with a band of volunteers, the grand opening brought in a big crowd, even though it was only announced in a 10pm social media post the night before

The opening crew at Sante Arcangeli

That this tasting room is open and running smoothly, is a testament to the huge love and support that the entire community surrounding Sante Arcangeli team has brought to bear in a … Read More

Local Wineries Shine At Sunset Wine Competition

July 2, 2019 – Everybody knows Sunset magazine, for its unabashed love affair with all things American West. After a two-year hiatus, due to changes of ownership with the publication, the Sunset Wine Competition returned to the world stage. It attracted over 2700 entries, and many of them came from right here in our backyard. The field was tight, the quality was high and the overall feeling of the judges was that these were some of the best wines we’d judged all year. 

The final sweepstakes round, where Best White, Best Red, Best Sparkling, Best Dessert and Best of Show are chosen, was especially tough, with 31 excellent wines vying for our attention.

Among them, were some of the following Double Gold and Best of Class wines, from the Santa … Read More

Sangria Debuts New Menu and Paella, Grand Opening June 22

What do you do when you want to ratchet up the authenticity of your wine bar, which just happens to have the name “Sangria?” You bring in the experts. 

Owners Robert and Colleen Mann of Sangria Wine and Tapas Bar in Carmel Valley Village, recently hired the talented and engaging Pablo Antinao, as the new general manager. He is a long time Monterey resident, who originally hails from Los Angeles, Chile, a city of around 3,000. Antinao, a social worker by trade, who decided to pursue his real passion in the wine industry, joins Sangria from the recently shuttered Bakai, a wine bar concept he helped establish in Monterey in 2016. 

Antinao, whose background includes working at Hotel Del Lago, a five-star hotel and restaurant in Chile, credits his father, … Read More

The Legend Expands: Folktale Four Years On

Storybook-style Folktale Winery is just one of many projects entrepreneur Greg Ahn has initiated in the Monterey Bay area over the last four years. He’s rather rapidly building an empire of hospitality, encompassing vineyards, winemaking, restaurants, entertainment and (coming soon) a bakery and pizzeria.

It all stems from Ahn’s love of hiring the best people he can find to execute his vision in their own creative ways. He looks for people burning with creative desire. That includes winemaker David Baird.

Says Baird, “Everybody needs someone to believe in them, to give them an opportunity to test themselves and to grow.” Baird should know. Ahn gave him that big break, and he’s been elevating the wine program at Folktale ever since. The results are in the barrel and in the bottle, … Read More

Caraccioli Sparkles Beyond The Bubbles

June 4, 2019 – As he popped the cork on his latest releases—the 2013 Caraccioli Brut Rosé and the 2013 Cuvée Brut—winegrower Scott Caraccioli expressed pride in these particular bottlings, which incorporate estate fruit from his family’s Escolle Vineyard for the first time. 

“I feel this is the most balanced and perfectly composed vintage, with a mid-palate richness right out of the gate,” he says.

Scott Caraccioli

He explains that the Brut Rosé was released in the fall of 2018, as the red wine adds a sweetness that helps carry it to an earlier maturity, whereas the Brut really needs time after the dosage is added.

Caraccioli feels extremely fortunate to have apprenticed under the late Michel Salgues, a Frenchman who worked at the famed Roederer house of sparkling wine … Read More