Author Archive | Laura Ness

Sierra Mar Vineyard: Grand Cru in Our Back Yard

411748_459252450770092_871568566_oThe 4th annual Big Sur Food & Wine Festival was big on Pinot, and long on local, two factors to be applauded. The seminar Sierra Mar Vineyard: Gary Franscioni and Friends held Saturday morning in a tent beneath the towering redwoods at the Henry Miller Library, was long on both, with a soupçon of Chardonnay for interest. After all, it’s hard to drink wine at 10 in the morning without a sip of white to chase the coffee away. In keeping with apparent (Henry) Miller time, the seminar convened over 45 minutes late. But who cared? A bountiful measure of wine clearly beckoned.

Gary Franscioni explained the delay with his characteristic smile and shrug: “If you haven’t been to Hawaii, welcome to Big Sur!” He then introduced the panel, … Read More

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Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, November 1-4

Photos by Moss Media

A Celebration of Delicious Delights

PAcificEdgeWhat better way to welcome November than with a celebration of Monterey County’s rock star chefs and vintners, held in the epicenter of culinary innovation?

Undoubtedly, when people think of Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur, they think of the prolific beauty and bounty of both land and sea that make this place like no other on earth. Fittingly the 4th annual Big Sur Food & Wine Festival kicks off at the spectacularly set Carmel Highlands Inn on Thursday, November 1st, with Gateway to Big Sur, an extravaganza featuring the area’s top chefs and winemakers, from 6 to 9pm.

With 18 chefs and 37 wineries, this promises to be one of the year’s classiest parties, and certainly the drop-dead gorgeous … Read More

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