High in the Los Gatos hills and along the winding Bear Creek Road is Byington Winery.
When looking for a bottle of something to have with dinner, Gewürztraminer 2012 is not the first wine to come to mind....
YOLO gets reincarnated
Louie’s Cajun Kitchen & Bourbon Bar closes, plus Back Porch pop-up, and 2015 Outstanding in the Field tour
New owners for Santa Cruz’s leading local salsa company
Manuel’s turns 50, farmers market steel head pairs with Pinot, and a Birichino Malvasia
After enjoying its contents, I couldn’t throw away the empty bottle of Picchetti Winery’s Red Table Wine.
Owner Salvador Diaz on Capitola Chaos and more
41st Avenue’s favorite hot dog stand, and a Cremer House check-in
Jerold O’Brien has been in the wine business for a long time. As owner and winemaker at Silver Mountain Vineyards, the expertise...
Discretion Brewery’s menu offers inventive fair in an Old World pub atmosphere
When some friends invited me and my husband to a dinner of “gourmet food,” and mentioned that they had just brought back...
Owner Roger Barnes goes all-American in Live Oak
The cold-pressed juice craze, plus fennel gelato and other local tidbits
When I get together with my group of British women once a month—we are all transplants from Dear Old Blighty—we share food...
Found in Aptos: refined comfort food in a historic sport
Why quick and friendly service matters at a local diner.
Pinot Noir 2012
A taste of Soquel Vineyards’ five gold medal-winning Pinots
Benten closing, plus Award-winning gin, a massive burrito and chocolate review
What’s old is cutting-edge again in Felton
The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County is a prime grape-growing region. Its proximity to the cool maritime influences of the...
Buttercup is gourmet cupcake heaven, Kelly’s ‘Kalifornia’ muffin has a little something extra
Scanning the shelves of Deluxe Foods of Aptos, which carries an impressive selection of local and imported wines, I picked up a...
New Scotts Valley spot’s owner on the joy of cooking with beer
I was first introduced to Ser wines when I met up with winemaker Nicole Walsh for a tasting last year.
Sunny Stickel on lessons learned abroad
Culinary classes make Mexican easy, plus a Grüner Veltliner that’s blowing our minds
It’s around this time of year that I usually write about sparkling wine—we all love a glass of bubbly to start off...
Our critic recalls the most memorable local meals of the year