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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  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Talbott Vineyards

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

  • Lockwood Vineyard

    First released in 1989, Lockwood Vineyard was developed under the belief that world class estate ...

  • San Saba Vineyards

    San Saba is now Wrath Wines. The Thomas family bought San Saba Vineyards in late 2007 and has set...

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Carmel Road Winery

    Carmel Road Winery is located in the heart of Monterey County where the air is crisp and the temp...

  • Cima Collina

    Cima Collina produces artisan wines from small Monterey vineyards. The idea of an “artisan wine” ...

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  • NG, glad to hear about your impression of Windy Oaks. We met the owners while ... to visit their place in the Monterey area. We haven't made it out there - yet, but still have their business card and have them on our list of must do.This week the CFO and I are celebrating 30 years of wedded bliss. Spent Saturday afternoon and evening in downto... Read More

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  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010


    Good wine for the price. Smooth and very good with food. The flavor is not that complex but is a great table wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza

  • Golden Hook Chardonnay 2012


    Had this at McCormick & Schmick's. What a smooth Chard. No bitter aftertaste. Slight buttery flavor. Wish I could find it locally! Read More

    Wine review by Journey1

  • Lordona Vineyards Moscato Monterey 2013


    Kak and oh yuk. I expected a much nicer moscato for this price. Such a bitter, foul taste, I could not even swallow the first gulp. Dumped it down the drain. I don't even want to cook with it. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi

  • Miura Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard 2009


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • A Myriad Hacon? Wherever did you hear that? It was a done deal after the Syrah ... about those of us south of Monterey getting any.  I'm pretty sure that's why Jon Derry has given up and is now on his quest to decipher Burgundy.)  It is not clear how that Bedrock and Turley slipped through.  Believe me, heads will roll.;-)END HUMOR. I was goin... Read More

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  • Mirassou Chardonnay 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2013


    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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