Come join former Lick Observatory director-turned-winemaker Joe Miller & company, for the Grand Opening of Hillcrest Terrace Winery on November 14 from 12:30-6:00 pm, when there will be an opportunity to taste the wines, grab some food, and watch Mayor Cynthia Mathews cut the ceremonial ribbon. The winery is located at 429B Ingalls Street — yes, THAT Ingalls Street, where the action apparently never stops. Hillcrest Terrace will be open for tasting, etc. on Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5pm, and most Friday afternoons (831-426-1500). . . . And for those of us waiting breathlessly for the next great thing at La Posta, the wait is over. The new chef’s name is Catherine Stern, and she’s fresh from Scotland, where she spent quality time in a two-star kitchen. Details coming soon. . . . According to a family source, the chef of the recently closed In Vino Veritas has left Scotts Valley in a big hurry, if you get my drift. Meanwhile, his old place in the Felton Guild is back up and running as an Italian restaurant once again. . . .When in Aptos, you might want to peruse the Autumn Artisans Faire – Friday, Nov. 13 7-10pm (that’s the preview party with hors d’oeuvres/$10), and Saturday, Nov. 14 10am-4pm (free), at the Aptos United Methodist Church. These folks promise a Christmas-worth of fine arts and handcrafts by talented local artists, plus live music, a silent auction and munchies for purchase. Full details are at the website.