Author Archive | Laura Ness

Wild Fish Local Seafood Cuisine Coming to Pacific Grove

February 6, 2018 – Escaping to the wilds of Mendocino is one of the greatly pleasurable side trips long associated with my obsession with Anderson Valley wines. When you stay at The Little River Inn, the Albion River Inn or The Brewery Gulch Inn, you are perfectly situated to take advantage of one of the true dining gems of the Mendocino coast, Wild Fish. Later this spring, if all goes well, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the same wonderful local, organic cuisine at a second location of Wild Fish in Pacific Grove.

In an announcement made to friends and followers by email, Wild Fish owners Liz and Kelvin Jacobs said the perfect opportunity to open a second restaurant at an as-yet-undisclosed location in Pacific Grove has come … Read More

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Heller Estate Organic Vineyards Sold to Salinas Grower

January 30, 2018 – Sometimes the right one does come along. For long-time Salinas farmer Bill Massa, the golden opportunity to get into the wine business that his wife Laurie had been talking about came when the Heller Estate property in Cachagua came on the market after both the owners passed away late last year.

The sale included the entire Cachagua estate, the vineyards, the winery, the tasting room and the entire wine inventory. It’s not clear exactly how many cases are involved or how many barrels exist of the 2017 vintage, but a full assessment of the cellar will take place later this week.

Says Massa, “I’m pretty happy with it. I’m going to keep it all organic and just clean things up a bit. I’m going to do some … Read More

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Twisted Roots Celebrates 100 Years of Old Vine Growth

There are few more admirable things in life than a man who puts his passion first and foremost, and will compromise nothing in its pursuit. For Josh Ruiz, Salinas born and raised, that passion is farming. Farming grapes and producing wine from a special piece of dirt in Lodi owned by the Schmiedt family has become the fuel that keeps him stoked. Having a tasting room in Carmel Valley in a former art gallery gave him an appreciation for how much the general public enjoys wine tasting with a story.

Twisted Roots has a good story indeed: one that is 100 years old this year. In 1918, the Schmiedt family first planted wine grapes in the Lodi vineyard that would become a primary source for Twisted Roots wines. Through the … Read More

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The Wine House Comes to Town

December 12, 2017 – What is now The Wine House used to be part of an historic Carmel Valley dairy farm, but will not, to my knowledge, be serving milk. Cheese, though, will be a staple, along with charcuterie and a wealth of food options that go beyond typical bar snacks.

Now that all permits are in place, The Wine House will have its official soft opening this Thursday, December 14. A grand opening will follow in the next few weeks.

The brain child and “baby” of sisters Charlotte Beshoff Joyce and Rachel Beshoff, The Wine House was conceived of as a proper wine bar, where both wine and beer would sate the thirsts of the local crowd once the tasting rooms had all closed for the evening.

Says Charlotte … Read More

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Birichino Tasting Room Debuts in Santa Cruz

November 28, 2017 – In this season of giving, it helps to remember that good things are worth waiting for, because sometimes it takes a lot longer than you’d like.

John Locke of Birichino Wine knows what that feels like. He and business partner Alex Krause have been trying to get the new Birichino tasting room on Church Street in Santa Cruz to the point of readiness for months now. He admits that he probably should have started the process of planning a tasting room 5 or 6 years ago, but it appears that the wait is finally over for the brand that began in 2008.

Having secured their final approvals today, they will officially be open for business as of this Thursday, November 30.

They hope to have a true … Read More

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