Edible Monterey Bay

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

Eight Young Santa Cruz Winemakers Who Are Crushing It

July 23, 2019 – Hats off to Soif retail manager Alexis Carr for organizing the young Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers tasting held there on Sunday. She brought eight of the region’s most interesting and talented vignerons together to share their wares and their stories, demonstrating how a new wave of winemakers are leveraging mainstream and non-traditional practices to bring fresh new perspectives to this storied winemaking region. The scene was one of excitement, suspense and discovery—with a cool Santa Cruz vibe. In short, it was exactly what you’d expect when you pack passionate winemakers into the same room with a bunch of equally passionate wine lovers of all ages. 

It’s fair to say that everyone who attended learned something, whether it was that they could buy half a bottle of wine … Read More

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