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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  • Mira Winery

    Mira Winery is the forefront of the aquaoir (ocean-aged wines) movement. Read more: http://mir...

  • Praxis Cellars

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

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

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

  • Chateau Julien Wine Estate

    In the late 1970's, Bob and Patty Brower set out to fulfill their dream. Originally from the East...

  • Lockwood Vineyard

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

  • Cima Collina

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

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  • Adelaida Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard 2011


    This is a fairly big Adelaida pinot from Santa Lucia Highlands. The nose is fairly subdued but there are hints of dark berries, tar and a touch of smoke. On the palate is a burst of red and black cherry, ripe black plum, crisp acidity and mild, fine grained tannins. The finish has a touch of smoke on the back end and is medium long. Read More

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  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2013


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  • Hopefully we can get a couple of wet years in the near future. Would definitely make new projects like this a lot more feasible. Read More

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  • if my kid got thyroid cancer vs. a knee injury, I'd be waaaay more upset.  That turf with ground up tires is nasty.  As the father of a sometime-goalie, that's scary. Read More

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  • Hey, OT, are they going to use recycled corks?  I think between the regulars here we could probably donate enough for the red zone, at least.  I've got about 300 corks sitting in containers at my house.  I can't think of a better product.On other fronts, I'm bumping my non-wine thread.  Water plays a role in that, too. Read More

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  • I said it a while ago to JD:  No golf courses that require artificial irrigation.  Period.  If you look at where the residential communities use the most water, it's those exurbs pushing into the desert and Palm Springs. Why?  Golf.  No one can eat it, only a few can play it... and we grow grass for it in the middle of the desert. Also, rice in ... Read More

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  • "There is some talk of replacing grass on school athletic fields with artificial turf.  I'm not exactly sure how I feel about that.  If we can't have plastic bags at the supermarket, how can we have plastic grass?  Also, of course, we're talking about the intermural fields, not the revenue-producing, administration protecting, alumni worshiping ... Read More

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  • Oh, BTW, since you left the area, David, there is wine made on Hearst's Ranch:  Read More

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  • Okay, getting back to the topic at hand, in effect the Santa Lucia Highlands .../Monterey_County.jpg SLH and Arroyo Seco are both on the west side of the Monterey Valley.  For a 3-D rendering, look here. (Don't click as the link doesn't work)There's a little gulch between the top of the Big Sur side and the other side.  I love flying over it an... Read More

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  • NG, I agree that you and I are not terribly apart.Darren, Governor Brown issued an executive order, yesterday, that communities must reduce water usage by 25%.  That is the high level. The details are a bit fuzzy to me.The report that I read did mention some useful steps like replacing water guzzling flora with more drought tolerant examples, co... Read More

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