Category: Crave

Crave – food & drink

Exploring Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone I recently spent 2 nights in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone—home to 15+ wineries, a few brewpubs & taprooms, restaurants and more. Located just west of Highway 101, it’s right next to the beach (great for graysuits!) and easily walkable on foot from one end to the other. The … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Another gem for you in Lake County, Calif. is Brassfield Estate Winery. The grounds alone are worth the drive up the hill and the wines are truly amazing. Brassfield Estate Winery & Vineyard is located in the western section of High Valley at High Serenity Ranch. I had the opportunity to … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Here is the first of 2 winery gems in Lake County, Napa’s neighbor to the north: Steele Wines. Steele Wines has 5 labels and 20 wine varietals. I had the opportunity to sample a few from the Steele label, the namesake label for owner and winemaker Jed Steele. Steele 2013 Carneros Chardonnay … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Here at Dark Surf Nightly we like to explore the “dark” side of the coast—including hidden gems and secret tips. Wow, do I have a hidden gem for you! The wineries of Lake County, Calif. Lake County is located just north of Napa County. Napa, of course, is a renowned & wildly popular wine … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

It’s hard to leave the coast but I make the sacrifice every once in a while if I have a good reason. Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. is a good reason. This tiny brewery is in East County San Diego—a straight shot across Interstate 8 East, just over 30 miles … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

The 2005 Tempranillo. That’s what got me hooked on Pierce Ranch Vineyards wines. Until that wine, I didn’t even know Iberian varietals could be successfully grown in Monterey County. For decades, Monterey County has been widely known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. But when it comes to reds, I generally … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Peter B’s Brewpub, Monterey’s original craft brewery, is a regular stop of mine when I’m in downtown Monterey, Calif. The brewpub offers a wide range of house styles, seasonal styles, barrel-aged beers and cask ales. Like many talented brewmasters, Kevin Clark began his career in beer as a homebrewer. He joined Peter … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

My friends and I rarely leave the coast. (It’s a graysuit thing.) So, when we do head for the hills, we have to have a really good reason—like fabulous wines. If you want a quick getaway to a wine lover’s paradise, try Murphys in the central Sierra Nevada foothills in Calaveras County, … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Looking for something romantic for Valentine’s Day? Add a hibiscus flower to your Valentine’s champagne or sparkling wine! Simply place the flower inside your champagne flute, fill it with champagne & watch it unfurl among the bubbles. For an extra dash of romance, add some of the hibiscus syrup to get a reddish … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Which wine goes better with turkey—Chardonnay or Pinot Noir? The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association has published a handy “Thanksgiving Wine Pairing” infographic. Check it out to see which traditional Thanksgiving foods pair best with which wines—and then taste for yourself. (For a larger downloadable version of the infographic, … Read Entire Post