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Had the Monterey grape growers and wineries of the 1970s looked at the history of grape growing in the county a little closer, they may well have planted their Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the newly approved (July, 2006) San Antonio Valley AVA, located in the southern extreme of the county. This growing area was one of the first places in the United States to be planted with grapes, as early missionaries recognized that the region’s climate was ideally suited for producing wine. The original mission, San Antonio de Padua, established here in 1771, remains standing to this day, as a symbol of this region’s rich heritage and its significance in the history of California viticulture.

The climate in this bowl-shaped valley, bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains in the west, is significantly warmer than more northerly Monterey AVAs such as the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco. The region does enjoy some cooling effect in the morning from fog off Lake San Antonio and in the evening from Pacific Ocean Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

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  • Hello VV! I hope we can find my comments from Easter on here because I rarely ... Iberican varietals from the San Antonio Valley (inland from Monterey county Read More

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  • Okay, getting back to the topic at hand, in effect the Santa Lucia Highlands ... Sur.  And there's San Antonio Valley a little further south.  (Pierce Family, whom I have touted on the "Completely Different" thread, are down there.)  Here's a nice map: SLH and Arroyo Seco are both on ... Read More

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  • I just bought a case of 2013 Pierce Ranch, San Antonio Valley Albarino.  This vintage is fantastic- was at the tasting room a few days ago, and was wowed.  Excellent acidity on this vintage, and notes of apple and citrus.  Since today happens, coincidentally, to be International Albarino Day, I think I will have one tonight. Read More

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  • Pinot Noir. Amayna 2011


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    Wine review by jjeremys

  • Nice little Cali Tempranillo here...   Pierce Ranch Vineyards, Tempranillo, San Antonio Valley.Winemaker is Ian Brand, very famous winemaker in my area... he makes wine for several SCM and vicinity area wineries.  He even has his hands in on my Birichino, that I love so much.   Read More

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  • Viña Cono Sur Chardonnay San Antonio Valley Organic 2011


    I disagree with some of the editor's remarks. I have stocked this in my home for more than a year, and find it to be refreshingly full-bodied, varietally faithful, and very juicily flavorful, in a dry, Alsatian style, but, yes, simpler with less restraint and earthy terroir. I am very fond of it, especially for the price! Read More

    Wine review by AldenBHJr

  • Line Shack Winery Cabernet Sauvignon San Antonio Valley 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by ianrshort

  • Anakena Sauvignon Blanc San Antonio Valley Single Vineyard 2008


    $7.99 from Total Wine. Chile. Cheryl thought not so hot. OK by RT. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Pierce Ranch Vineyards San Antonio Valley Albariño 2009


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    Wine review by napagirl68

  • Viña Cono Sur Chardonnay San Antonio Valley Organic 2011


    The nose starts out tight with hints of lime and white floral notes, but a little air reveals light peach and bright apple aromas. Light and almost elegant in the mouth, this is really a featherweight wine, almost fully dry with apple fruit flavors topped with a light, glossy hint of lime glaze. The finish is quite modest if fresh. Ultimately th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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