Arroyo Seco Wine

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The Arroyo Seco (“dry creek”) AVA is located within the Salinas Valley in the Monterey region in California’s Central Coast. While it has emerged as a quality wine region, it has a shaky recent past. 

1972 marked the year that Bill Jekel founded Jekel vineyards and Douglas Meador founded Ventana vineyards. They both soon found great success with producing high quality wines. However, the rest of the region was not so lucky. The 1960s UC Davis temperature study was favorable to the area, so many vineyards were founded based on the reports of temperature quality alone, without researching other important factors such as wind and soil. The region is prone to very windy conditions, which can halt ripening in the grapes. There was also a rash of uneven ripening in rows that were planted too long into the hills. Grapes had to be picked in small sections, which was time-consuming and wasteful. To add to this, many fields were over-irrigated and not properly pruned. Many wines from this Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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