Author Archive | Laura Ness

Comanche Cellars: Let the Dog and Pony Show Begin!

August 7, 2018 – It’s the age-old story of a boy and his horse—and his dog, of course. When winemaker Michael Simons was just a kid, he had a paper route in the outskirts of Santa Barbara. Instead of riding a bicycle, he rode his horse, Comanche. The two had many fine times together, even enjoying success on the rodeo circuit. But instead of the cowboy life, Simons pursued a career as a contractor instead. It suits him, as he not only has an eye for design and detail, he also has magnificent taste. Even though he was already busier than a one-armed paperhanger, he fell in love with wine and had to make some for himself.

Well, one batch turned into three and three into ten and so and … Read More

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Three Ways to Explore the Wines of Windy Oaks Estate

There are few wineries that can boast three entirely different and uniquely rewarding tasting locations. But Windy Oaks has you covered, whether you like downtown Carmel chic, Carmel Valley chill or Corralitos vineyard vistas, overlooking the ocean.

Each one of these beautifully appointed tasting venues has something different to offer in terms of atmosphere and experience. Yet each provides the same spectrum of hand-crafted wines that has made the brand a widely-respected icon.

Windy Oaks was founded in 1996, when proprietors, Jim and Judy Schultze, returned to California after living overseas for 7 years in Australia and Europe. Enamored of fine French Burgundy, they sought to create their own version of Pinot Noir that would respect its new world home, yet would harken back to its old world roots.

They … Read More

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Crema Debuts All-Day Brunch 7 Days a Week

Delighting long-time customers and food-lovers who are just discovering this Pacific Grove gem, Crema has expanded its delicious brunch menu and is serving up decadent breakfast items all-day, seven days a week.

Chef Tamie Aceves—owner of Crema in Pacific Grove anda busy catering business—grew up in Salinas with a grandmother who was constantly canning, cooking and baking and a grandfather who made his own salami, Kahlua, biscotti and cured olives.

“They inspired me and I always wanted to be in the kitchen helping,” says Aceves. Her first food memory is going to her grandparents’ house on Saturday mornings with her brother to eat fried sourdough bread rolled in cinnamon sugar while watching cartoons. She can still recall how the house filled with those tantalizing aromas.

Her Mom, too, is a … Read More

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Storrs Debut Long-Awaited Pleasant Valley Winery and Tasting Room

July 10, 2018 – Pamela and Steve Storrs have labored long and hard to bring their dream of an organically-farmed vineyard and eco-friendly winery in bucolic Corralitos to fruition. Longtime winemakers, grape growers, land stewards and sheep herders, the couple met at UC Davis and worked at Domaine Chandon, Almaden and Felton-Empire (which later became Hallcrest) before striking out on their own and starting their brand in Santa Cruz in 1988.

Relying on great Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards, like Christie, for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus Nora’s Vineyard and Wildcat Ridge for Pinot Noir, the couple also secured award-winning Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from Lion Oaks Ranch and Rusty Ridge, both in Santa Clara. Pam is especially proud to have scored Double Gold and Best Red of Region for their … Read More

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It’s All About Sustainable Local Seafood at Pacific Grove’s new Wild Fish Restaurant

Opening Day at Wild Fish in Pacific Grove

Liz and Kelvin Jacobs are fresh into their first few months of restaurant ownership in Pacific Grove and they’re delighted with their new home. “We’re so thrilled to be part of this community! It’s going really well and we’ve been getting wonderful feedback,” says Liz. “It takes time to build up a customer base and to get the word out when you are starting from scratch. We’re building a network within the community, and we’re getting great support from the local chamber.”

The couple found the spot for their new Wild Fish restaurant at 545 Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove while visiting the area last fall. Says Liz, “We’d been looking for a suitable coastal location for a second restaurant.” They were … Read More

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