.Frank Flavor

Meeting high standards

Anything made by Frank Family vineyards is all right by me! This historic winery, established in 1884, has made fine wines over the years—but it blossomed even more when former Disney Studios executive Rich Frank took over what was Larkmead Winery in 1992. He and his wife, Leslie Frank, have created a much-respected business “where family and community are at the heart” of their enterprise. And the winery offers superb tasting experiences.

Their 2022 Carneros Chardonnay ($40) holds up to the Frank Family’s high standards with its notes of Meyer lemon, yellow apple and salted butterscotch. “Concentrated layers of spices and creamy vanilla meld with well-integrated oak and elegant waves of fresh acidity on the palate,” say the folks at Frank Family Vineyards. “The wine is a testament to the Carneros region.”

Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga, 707-942-0859. Frankfamilyvineyards.com

Lobster Feed

Lobster lovers will be thrilled with this king-of-crustaceans extravaganza. Martin Ranch Winery is serving up lobsters galore at their beautiful estate in Gilroy. The event is noon to 4pm on June 23, and included is a welcome pour. Tickets are $145. For info and reservations visit martinranchwinery.com.

Forks, Corks & Kegs

The Kaiser Permanente Arena in downtown Santa Cruz is the location for the wonderful Forks, Corks & Kegs celebration. Hosted by the Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, this fun event showcases local wine, beer, food and more on June 29 from 3 to 7pm. Visit santacruzchamber.org for info and tickets.

Bathing Beauty

Just in time for summer, a lovely little swimwear store has opened in Aptos—with an abundance of styles and sizes. Pelican House also sells jewelry. Find the shop at 8044 Soquel Drive, Suite B, Aptos. pelicanhouse.com.


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