Edible Monterey Bay

Wine Tasting on Railroad Time

September 30, 2014 – Did you know that there was once a Southern Pacific Coast Railroad route that took folks from Los Gatos to the beaches of Santa Cruz? Back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, there were several stations along the corridor now served exclusively by Highway 17, and Dan Lokteff’s newly opened Wrights Station Winery is named for one of them.

The long-abandoned town of Wrights, which dates to 1879, when a post office was established at the station, is named for the man who established vineyards, orchards and a stagecoach hotel—a tourist destination at the end of the 19th century. With nearly 3,200 acres of fruit in the Summit region, mostly plums and grapes, Wrights became an important freight station for getting goods … Read More

Polar Opposites open in Santa Cruz County

Sept 9, 2014 – The wine scene continues to build like a crescendo of waves amped up by a hurricane, with multiple new tasting rooms opening locally in the last few months.

Among them are Armitage and Bottle Jack, as different as two scenarios could be, yet both fueled by the passions of young men influenced by overseas life experiences.

First, there’s Brandon Armitage’s new tasting room, tucked away in a shopping center in Aptos, where you seriously have to hunt to find him. But it is worth the effort, especially if you crave well-made pinot noir, his lifequest varietal.

He’s pretty much devoted to this grape since he fell in love with it while studying viticulture in New Zealand. Up until then, the Oregon native with a passion for … Read More


November 5, 2013 – One of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Big Sur nonprofits, the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, will get started with the “Gateway to Big Sur” event at the Hyatt Highlands this Thursday, November 7. From there, it launches into the hills and dales of Big Sur’s stunning coastline, with walking tours, tastings and extravagant wine dinners galore.

Many events are already sold out, but as of this writing, tickets are still available for the festival’s 3rd annual porcine extravaganza, the Wine & Swine dinner, which Pig Wizard Jon Roberts will preside over on Friday evening at the Henry Miller Library. There are also still tickets for the fabulous auction lunch on Saturday, also at Henry Miller Library, and for Sunday’s Lexus Grand … Read More

New Arroyo Seco Winegrowers Group to Host Sommelier Journal’s “Terroir Experience”

Monterey wine country has a new winery group, one that focuses squarely on the 18k acre Arroyo Seco AVA, which was formed back in 1973. Michael Griva, president of the newly renamed and re-energized Arroyo Seco Winegrowers group, is clearly excited about the group’s growing membership, new logo and planned website. There’s a new map, an official headquarters (33 El Camino in Greenfield) and a new board of directors, including: Rhonda Motil of J. Lohr, Mike Kohne of Mercy, Rich Smith of Paraiso, Roger Miotosos of Arroyo Seco Vineyards and Mark Chesebro of Cedar Lane and Mission Ranch.

The new membership roster includes: Arioto and Bosio, Arroyo Seco Vineyard, Chesebro Wines/Cedar Lane Vineyard, Griva Vineyard, Jekel, J. Lohr, Meador Estate, Mission Ranch, Mercy Vineyards, Paraiso Vineyards, Ventana Vineyard and Wente. … Read More

Carmel Valley revs up with new tasting rooms and motorcycle museum

In a classic case of the grass is always greener or the sand is always whiter, there are plenty of moves afoot in the local wine biz. Pretty much everyone knows that Silvestri is moving from Carmel Valley Village to downtown Carmel, where they’ll occupy a location not far from Scheid. So, what happens to their old digs? Well, nature abhors a vacuum and winemaker Joel Bernstein of Marilyn Remark has been looking for a tasting room spot in a place livelier than his current River Road location, where coyotes outnumber people by a large margin. He’ll be delighted to have new wine-loving neighbors to entertain in Carmel Valley and will welcome those ever-important referrals from nearby tasting rooms. It won’t hurt that he’ll finally have a choice of … Read More