Author Archives: Laura Ness

Super Bowl Yumday

Got the Game Day hungries? There’s an app for that. With the Big Game looming large, everyone from football fanatic to football widow is certain to be impacted by Super Bowl 50. You can’t escape the ads or the coverage on any media channel, including ours. But we’re here with some suggestions on how to […]

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Wines for a Winter’s Day

Big, Bold Bordeaux Tasting Bordeaux from France side-by-side with examples from Napa and the Santa Cruz Mountains, all from a single vintage, is always illuminating. Attendees of Premier Cruz, held Nov. 6 at The Mountain Winery, were treated to a rare presentation of nine excellent Cabernets, along with an even more rare appearance by surprise […]

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America, Italy & Greece

Roots and Rye: American Comfort Food Mastermind restaurateur Chris Yeo, who brought us Straits and Sino, has delivered another solid culinary masterpiece in Roots and Rye, next to Maggiano’s on Santana Row. Here you’ll find a frequently changing variety of creative appetizers, well-crafted salads, bodaciously-built burgers and unique takes on classic comfort foods, as well […]

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Purple Mountains’ Majesty

BAD/GOOD NEWS: The hot summer in the Santa Cruz Mountains meant an early, skimpy harvest. And intensely good fruit. Byington Winery Adds Barrel Tasting and Library Tasting in The Caves If you haven’t been to Byington in a spell, it’s time to get up there and check out all that’s transpired in your absence. There’s […]

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The Simple Pleasures

BIG NEWS: Chef Nick Tall is creating imaginative, regional, sustainable dishes at the new Lark Creek Kitchen. Sweet Pea’s: A Crush on Crepes This little gem on North Santa Cruz Avenue, owned and operated by Michael and Dorte McBride, specializes in delicious homestyle crepes, omelets, salads, wraps and sandwiches. Not huge, but bursting with goodness, […]

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Top 10 Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Discoveries

From the Silicon Valley Wine Auction The first-ever Silicon Valley Wine Auction, hosted by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association at Levi’s Stadium, garnered a fine turnout and raised north of $600,000 for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Here are our faves. 2013 Armitage Chalone Pinot Noir, Dry Hole Vineyard This is a powerful wine […]

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The Old and The New

New Winery in Historic Scotts Valley Location Some may remember the quaint vineyard setting off Bean Creek Road in the hills outside Scotts Valley where Roudon-Smith, one of the original wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains, once welcomed visitors to linger and picnic in a shady glen. This historic space is now under the care […]

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Top 10 Ice Cream and FroYo Spots

You might be a conehead if you’ve been to all these yummy ice cream and frozen yogurt places in the Los Gatos environs—and if not, here’s a short list of the cream of the crop. Dolce Spazio If you must have truly authentic, walking-over-the-bridge-in-Florence gelato, come here. Nine flavors including Chocolate Liqueur and Amaretto Almond […]

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Los Gatos’ Local Gems

PintxoPote: A Trip to Spain PintxoPote (pronounced “pincho potay”), a tapas (pintxos) bar that aims to offer an authentic Spanish-Basque dining experience, is now exclusively helmed by Chef Hector Figueroa, who bought out his partners in the restaurant formerly known as Donostria. Located at 424 N. Santa Cruz Ave. and open for dinner only, it’s […]

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Wines by the Class

  Burrell School Vineyards and Winery Celebrates 125 Years The iconic schoolhouse on Summit Road marks another milestone in its illustrious history on July 4 as Burrell School celebrates birthday number 125. The schoolhouse was dedicated on July 4, 1890, with a flag-raising ceremony accompanied by trumpet playing and merrymaking. We are all invited to […]

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