Edible Monterey Bay



Paicines Ranch shepherdess Jess Maier runs her Katahdin flock back home after a stay at Calera Vineyards, photo by Alicia Arcidiacono

Pasture-raised protein is plentiful in the Monterey Bay foodshed, if you know where to find it

Do you want some of the healthiest, most sustainable natural protein available? Think pasture-raised meats. In the old days, before factory farms turned the food chain upside down and inside out, farmers let their animals graze naturally on grasses that spring from the earth. Livestock turned green carbohydrates into protein, while recycling the rest to create healthy manure, which was then used to build soil and fertilize other crops. This is the ultimate closed-loop recycling system, aka regenerative agriculture.

Choosing pasture-raised meats avoids the intense resource consumption involved in feedlots, where most beef … Read More




Prudy Foxx spreads the word on holistic vineyard management throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains

Viticulture consultant Prudy Foxx has a dirty little secret. In fact, it’s all about dirt. While the French term terroir is indelibly more romantic, it all comes down to the soil and all the life that is teeming inside of it. If the soil isn’t healthy, nothing that grows in it can be optimally beneficial for those who consume it. The food chain, wine included, depends on healthy soils.

“In farming, at least what has become regarded as ‘conventional’ farming, it’s all about inputs to maximize yield,” says Foxx. “This is exactly the opposite of the goals of ultra-premium wine production.”

Foxx has a deep love of all things … Read More

Monterey County Tastes Better All the Time

April 2, 2019 – At the Monterey Trade tasting event recently held at the Sunset Center, two things were abundantly obvious: everyone was ecstatic to see the sun (except for the people whose tables were set up in front of the wall of gleaming glass on the west side of the building) and the wines from 2016 are showing really well, except for the ones that have smoke taint. The 2017, and even 2018, whites and rosés, are in general, terrific. It bodes well for fine spring drinking, whenever spring decides to show up.

The knock your socks off rosé of the day goes to the sassy fresh and spicy 2018 Sangiovese rosé from Folktale: David Baird has a true winner there. He should also get an award for giving … Read More

Can Château Lafite Withstand Climate Change?

March 26, 2019 – At the Château Lafite seminar at Gourmet Fest 2019, we thought we were tasting some off the hook, ridiculously amazing wines from this first growth property that has been in the Rothschild family since Baron James de Rothschild purchased it in 1868. Yes, we were, in fact, but more than that, we were actually tasting the very real effects of climate change. I’ll explain.

Technical Director of the famed Bordeaux château, Eric Kohler, who has been making wines at Lafite Rothschild for 23 years, walked us through wines beginning with the 2008 vintage, all the way back to 1985, before he even started working there. He was assisted on the panel by sommeliers Larry Stone and Mark Bright.

The estate in the heart of the Médoc … Read More