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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Otter Cove

    We produce wines with Monterey County grapes. We were able to bring some great tasting wines to M...

  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

    Maverick Wine Group LLC is based in Santa Maria, California. Our Truffle Wine Brand capitalizes...

  • Ventana Vineyards

    Great wines are made in the vineyard, and the Ventana Vineyard has the perfect combination of wat...

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

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

  • Radog Wines

    In a world of mass produced products, Radog stands out by handcrafting small lots of wine from ca...

  • CRU

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

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  • Muirwood Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2012


    Pretty decent, middle of the road chardonnay, just right for a mid week drinker. This has some, but not a lot of oak, butter, creme brulee and soft lemon pith. Fair acidity and medium to short finish. Decent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Yeah, and what about hospital volunteers?  Or volunteers at a homeless ... happening in Santa Cruz or Monterey because I was just at several wineries in those areas, and they've never even heard of that and thought it was ridiculou Read More

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  • Testarossa Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2012


    Very nice, easy drinking chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands. More on the fruit side with ripe peach, creamy lemon, a hint of honeysuckle, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012


    Buttery, spicy, tropical and vanilla notes. Rich, viscous mouthfeel. Passionfruit. pineapple, guava, banana. Big, opulent. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Dahlia Pinot Noir Monterey County 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by neillk

  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012


    Excellent chard from Santa Lucia Highlands. Fairly lush with a decent amount of oak that is well balanced against creamy lemon, lime pith, a touch of pear and medium acidity Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Testarossa Pinot Noir California Cuvée Niclaire 2012


    A vintage for the history books. Distinguished, balanced, and memorable. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • A P Vin Rosella S Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2012


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    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Hahn Estates Pinot Gris 2013


    A little green pear greets the nose along with some yeasty notes and sweetly candied citrus notes. Pretty big in the mouth with a hint of RS adding weight and richness on the palate, theres plenty of acid to balance it and nice underlying polyphenolic pear skin. Internets that adds a nice counterpoint to the almost melony sweetness on the palate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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