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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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Talbott Vineyards

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

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

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

  • CRU

    CRU Winery- California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. “CRU” is a French term that identifies and c...

  • Cima Collina

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

  • Praxis Cellars

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

  • Estancia Estates

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

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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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  • I pegged number 3 as Piedmont.The first picture looks awful familiar, I'm ... ... it.ill say Germany for #5Monterey for bonus CAVeneto, or more obscure Italian for the extra bonu Read More

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  • The oil spill is, I'm guessing, about 20 miles north of downtown Santa ... ... don't know much about Monterey.  It's probably been over 10 years since I've been there.  It is a tourist destination.  So, I would not discourage anyone from visting.  There are some exciting wineries within an hour, or so, of Monterey--Ridge Monte Bello, Bonny Doo... 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. Driving those roads at the end of the day (evening rush hour) can also be a nightmare. The Monterey/Carmel area wineries are not at the same level.Santa Barbara area is generally frie... Read More

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  • JD, late to the game but congrats on the anniversary! Have yet to sample ... ... looking at maybe heading to Monterey or Santa Barbara for the celebration but haven't made a final decision yet, any suggestions will be warmly welcomed.RBA, as you might have suspected, the French Roederer owns the Mendocino Roederer. We visited the CA branch and... Read More

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  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir Monterey 2013

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    Light cherry and raspberry aromas are immediately jumping out of the glass. Juicy and bright mouthfeel, there's not a ton of acidity but it's certainly present over the light earthy note and the fruit. Predominantly cherry flavors leading the charge here with a dose of sugary plums and a light touch of oak on the finish which is a bit tight with... Read More

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  • V V - Are you by chance getting any of their Pinot Noir?  I would stay ... due to that oil leak.  Monterey should be nice, especially on the coast.  I wonder if Clint Eastwood still lives up there. Read More

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