We will set our table in the middle of an exceptional 107 year-old vineyard in Hecker Pass, a short distance from the start of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Farmed by 3 generations of the Besson family , these ungrafted grenache vines planted in 1910 are the star attraction in Alex Krause & John Locke’s sourcing for their winery founded in 2008 in Santa Cruz. Birichino are known for making wines that revive and refresh, showing a lighter touch with a preference for native fermentations and neutral barrels that allow the striking aromatics and intensity of such old sites to shine through. Yet all is done with a certain playfulness, and lightness of spirit as Birichino best translates to naughty in Italian. A lovely afternoon and evening paired with talented Chef Mikey Adams of Restaurant 1833 in Monterey promises to delight and inspire.