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1933 was a banner year for Phillip and John Bargetto. Prohibition finally ended, and the brothers were able to reopen their winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Phillip and John embraced their passion for growing northern-Italian varietals, twining their hillsides with vines of dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes. Now run by the Bargetto family's third generation, the winery continues to cultivate these same grapes as well as two of Santa Cruz's more well-known varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. Its most heralded wines hail from the 40 acres of trellised vines at Regan Estate Vineyards, which produces balanced yet concentrated fruit thanks to its sunny hilltop location, loamy soil, and cool breezes from thousands of naturally occurring ceiling fans. Controlled aging in new-French- or American-oak barrels imbues some of the winery's reds with lingering finishes and toasty sweetness, and stainless-steel barrels ensure that the whites retain their vibrant acidity. Although most of the wines display a more approachable style, the La Vita line embraces the family's Old-World routes, featuring complexly tannic and age-worthy blends of Phillip and John's favored dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.
700 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
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Enjoy a true Mediterranean feast at Nico Restaurant. The creators of Nico Restaurant have crafted a delicious menu filled with healthy and gluten-free dishes. Nico Restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Nico Restaurant. Gather up your group of friends and head to Nico Restaurant, a local restaurant that has room for large groups. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Nico Restaurant. The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time. If time is of the essence, Nico Restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Nico Restaurant offers catering. Street parking is readily available near Nico Restaurant's Carlos St location. Nico Restaurant provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
San Carlos St
Carmel,
CA
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Eat your way through the menu at Little Napoli — this contemporary establishment serves fresh Italian food in a hip atmosphere. Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the restaurant's menu. Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Little Napoli. The drink list at Little Napoli has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. null A visit to Little Napoli will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Dolores St
Carmel By The Sea,
CA
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Since 1994, Wingstop's franchise locations—more than 600 currently operating or in the works—have cooked up and served more than 2 billion wings, and amassed a considerable following. Whether regular or boneless, these modern-day game-day staples come in one of the shop's 10 signature flavors: Louisiana rub and hickory-smoked barbecue have a classic spicy kick, whereas tanginess prevails in the lemon pepper, Hawaiian, and teriyaki. Because the wings are always made to order, they derive their heat from their seasonings and their recent stay inside the fryer, rather than from heat lamps or tiny, individual Snuggies. The same amount of care goes into the Wingstop's housemade sides, which range from fries that are cut daily at each shop to the bourbon baked beans. Even the honey mustard, blue cheese, and ranch dipping sauces are mixed onsite.
845 Almar Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
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At Vino Prima, the wine pours freely. Surrounded by 360-degree views of the Santa Cruz wharf and sparkling lights of the boardwalk, patrons soak in the views as they sip their choice of wine by the flight or glass, with a rotating selection of 30 wines pouring daily. Enclosed in their protective casings, more than 150 boutique wines are also available by the bottle, which can later be filled with a miniature version of your favorite 14th-century shipwreck. On some weekends, belly dancing and live-music sessions create a lively atmosphere to complement the always-flowing libations.
55 Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz,
CA
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A pasta-lover's paradise, Bocci's Cellar is the perfect place to see and be seen — this chic restaurant serves Italian food with a twist. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Bocci's Cellar's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. Bocci's Cellar diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Bocci's Cellar and order great food. Bocci's Cellar is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups. Bocci's Cellar also features live music and dancing. It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Put the suit away when heading to Bocci's Cellar — dress is casual, as are the vibes. Bocci's Cellar prides itself in its delicious catering. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go. At Bocci's Cellar, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door. Bocci's Cellar offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person. Bocci's Cellar dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
140 Encinal St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US
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