Food & Drink

Pelican Ranch Winery’s Flavor-Packed Gewurztraminer 2018

This aromatic wine may put Gewurztraminer at the top of your list

With haunting lychee aromas, this wine’s dry texture demands spicy foods. PHOTO: PHIL CREWS

When most people go shopping for wine, Gewurztraminer is probably not at the top of the list. But when you have a good one such as the 2018 Gewurztraminer ($25) made by Phil Crews of Pelican Ranch Winery, you will appreciate what this aromatic wine brings to the table.

“This dry wine is loaded with elegant flavors derived from spice, lychees, and scented roses,” says Crews. “And it demands spicy foods.” Starting with whole cluster press and then fermentation to neutral French oak barrels, the end result is a flavor-packed Gewurz.

You can take your own favorite munchies to their tasting room, but Phil and his wife Peggy are famous for firing up their pizza oven, so check the website to find out what they’re doing each weekend.

Pelican Ranch Winery, 2364 Bean Creek Road, Scotts Valley. 831-426-6911,

Eddison & Melrose Release New Cookbook

As a Brit, I absolutely love afternoon tea. It is quintessentially British to enjoy sandwiches, cakes, scones and a pot of tea around 4pm. When I need a fix of all things England, I head to Eddison & Melrose tea shop in Pacific Grove. This darling little eatery is owned and run by fellow Brit Karen Anne Murray—who is celebrating 20 years in business. She is a talented chef and caterer, having prepared food over the last three decades for all kinds of events. 

Murray has now released “Tea Table,” a cookbook with her own tried-and-true recipes of many of the typical English delights she makes such as sausage rolls, scones, queen cakes, shortbread and more. 

“Mine is a casual approach to afternoon tea,” says Murray. “My secret is that I make everything myself —from my own oven. And my recipes are easy—so you can do all of them yourselves.”

“Tea Table” is $24.99 paperback, $29.99 hardcover, and $19.99 Kindle. Published by Pacific Grove Books, it is now available at Bookshop Santa Cruz, The Bookworks in Pacific Grove and on Amazon.

Eddison & Melrose, 1180 Forest Ave., Suite G, Pacific Grove. 831-332-5359,

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