Monterey Wine

 

Monterey is an AVA within the Monterey County region, in the Central Coast of California. It runs between Monterey Bay in the north and extends as far as San Luis Obispo AVA to the south. Most of the Salinas Valley lies within it, providing a natural channel for the Bay fog and winds which lengthen the growing season and control acid balance in the grapes. 
 
The vastness of the region lends itself to somewhat diverse growing conditions. Coastal areas are suited to cool climate varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurtztraminer while warmer sections tend toward Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. 
 
Monterey is further subdivided into the following regions:
Arroyo Seco
Carmel Valley
Hames Valley
San Antionio Valley - Monterey
San Bernabe
San Lucas
Santa Lucia Highlands
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Praxis Cellars

    Arbios Cellars/Praxis Cellars is a small Sonoma County family wine business. Bill Arbios makes...

  • Mirassou Vineyards

    For over 150 years the Mirassou family has crafted uniquely expressive wines made with equal p...

  • Cobblestone

    From his humble beginnings on a Michigan farm, Saul Levine became an FM radio pioneer in 1959 lau...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

    Nearly 230 years ago Franciscan friars planted wine grapes in Monterey County. Although these ear...

  • Talbott Vineyards

    Founded by the Talbott family a quarter century ago, Talbott Vineyards is dedicated to producing ...

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  • Mirassou Chardonnay 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2013

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    Sweet tea leaf and peach on the nose. Tangerine, pear, and green apple whirl around the palate. This is easy going, uncomplicated Chardonnay that will please any wine drinker at the party. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wrath Pinot Noir Mcintyre Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2009

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    Wine review by jomans


  • Fulcrum Wines Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Oh Monterey Bay looks great.  It's been so long since I rode a motorcycle up there from LA.This afternoon we opened that interesting Chardonnay from the Thracian Valley in Bulgeria.  As they say, it's no longer that crap they used to sell to the Russians.  It's decent but a little tart for my tongue.  I would definitely drink the whole bottle an... Read More

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  • Ok, I had a glass or two of that Sauv Blanc while making dinner.  Now onto ... rewards you with a view of Monterey Ba Read More

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  • We did stay at a few B&B inns in Santa Barbara back in the 1980's. ... ... believe we stayed at one in Monterey too.  Both areas are nice.  Most places along the coast are decent in California.  However, I would not want to walk here. &nbs Read More

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  • It's a bit of a schlep from Carmel/Monterey up to Ridge and Mt. Eden. Better to stay in Santa Cruz or over in the Silicon Valley area if you're interested in them.DM is right I was probably over-optimistic about the driving times between those wineries and Monterey.  It's been a few years and, so, may no longer be a problem but there always was ... Read More

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  • If you want wine, then Santa Barbara wins out, hands down. If you want romantic ... ... for 3rd, and anywhere in Monterey 5th. Santa Cruz...me Read More

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  • Good going RBA, hopefully they work out well for you and you can track their ... ... going to be that mobile, Monterey seems like the right choice. If you've never been to Ridge, then go for it. I can recall my first time going, though we lucked out and had their best rep at the tasting room go through their lineup for us and even poured some ... Read More

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