Edible Monterey Bay

Idle Hour Makes the Sweepstakes at the 2020 SF Chronicle Competition

January 14, 2020 – Local wineries showed up to claim their share of recognition once again at the 2020 SF Chronicle Competition, held Jan 6—10 in Cloverdale. This is the largest wine competition featuring North American wine, with over 6600 entries this year. It’s a herculean effort that takes months to organize and hundreds of volunteers, who get paid in wine, and are happy to do the backbreaking work. 

Sweepstakes winners of the SF Chronicle Competition

This year, we were all shocked that Best White went to a Trader Joe’s wine made by Delicato!! The other shocker was that the Chardonnay that got sent up to Sweepstakes was from the Grand Valley of Ohio. What? Not sure how it snuck past a far superior Chardonnay from Chamisal, but apparently in … Read More

Edgar’s Updates Menu, Rolls Out New Happy Hour for the New Year

If it’s been a spell since you’ve dined at Edgar’s at Quail Lodge, now is an opportune time to check it out: the indoor and outdoor fireplaces feel especially festive during the winter season. Not only was Edgar’s was voted “Best Family Restaurant” by Carmel Pine Cone readers in 2019, as well as “Best Dining at a Golf Course” by Monterey County Weekly readers, there’s also a new chef in town.  

Executive chef Brian Parks knew from the moment the Edgar’s opportunity presented itself that this would be his next move. Having spent ten years in Santa Barbara and four in San Luis Obispo, he and his family relocated to Pacific Grove and couldn’t be happier. Parks is delighted to be surrounded by a particularly prodigious pool of culinary talent … Read More

Grand Opening of Ser Tasting Room in Aptos Village, Jan 25

January 12, 2019 – Now that the holidays are behind us, winemaker Nicole Walsh has set a date for a Grand Opening Celebration at her new tasting room in Aptos Village. The event will take place on Saturday, January 25, from 2—5pm, with passed appetizers and live music. She’s thrilled to finally be welcoming folks to see her gorgeous new facility, which features a view of the ocean, when the clouds and fog are cooperating. 

On the back wall is a huge, stunning mural of Monterey Bay, showing the famed underground canyon that impacts our local microclimates. The many vineyards from which Walsh sources fruit are indicated with flags on the map: you can get a real appreciation for the varied climates they enjoy based on distance from the ocean. … Read More

Alderwood Celebrates First Anniversary

Santa Cruz is finally adding some much-needed culinary gravitas as it ups its gastronomic game. Alderwood is the latest foodie hotspot, anchored by a well-priced happy hour with select oysters at $1.25 apiece. Miller High Life and a burger for $10? Wow. But this is no burger joint. With gratitude for the warm embrace of the Santa Cruz community and support from loyal patrons during its inaugural year, Alderwood Santa Cruz invites you come in and celebrate with them as they begin another chapter in their culinary adventure.

The contemporary interior and open kitchen of Alderwood (photo: Andrew Thomas Lee)

What a difference a year makes, especially if it’s your first year in business as a fine dining-meets-neighborhood restaurant. For Alderwood, it is an especially poignant moment in the downtown … Read More

Time’s Up for Bonny Doon’s Tasting Room in Davenport

December 10, 2019 – The Bonny Doon wine club was the first one my husband and I ever joined. I think it was 1986. We used to trek through the rain and fog up to the old tasting room in the hamlet of Bonny Doon and commune with fellow DEWNsters, even before we knew it was a cult thing to be into Rhones. Those early Cigare’s!! Then that tasting room transitioned to Ryan Beauregard in 2008, which means Ryan’s been there for 11 years now. Did I miss a decade? There’s nothing quite like that sweet spot, but when Bonny Doon relocated its tasting room to the charming little seacoast town of Davenport in 2013, that somehow felt right. 

Getting the news that the Davenport tasting room is closing right … Read More