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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • CRU

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

  • Chateau Julien Wine Estate

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

  • Cima Collina

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

  • Ventana Vineyards

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

  • Robert Talbott Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Radog Wines

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

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  • Hahn Pinot Noir Slh 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Hahn Pinot Noir Slh 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Hahn Pinot Noir Slh 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Hahn Pinot Noir Slh 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Wente Vineyards Merlot 2011

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    like the burst of berries, but found it a bit too cloying Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2011

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    fair balance of tropical fruits and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ... ... ... during the 2008 fires in Monterey, adding, “We plan on doing preharvest samples and sending grapes to labs for analysis to see what we're looking at before harvest.”Last year, Lake County, north of Napa Valley, battled three major infernos, including the Val... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • Wow, that picture came out just a little bigger than I was expecting! lolGood ... winemakers with the infamous Monterey "veggie" character.  Monterey has generally fixed their problem - not sure with Long Island wines.  So although I gained my actual winemaking experience there I cannot tell you much about their current wines.  I can tell you ... Read More

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  • Estancia Pinot Noir Reserve 2009

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    one of the best wine's we have ever had wow Read More

    Wine review by sugarbear2155


  • Black Kite Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Elegant peach and green apple nose with hints of butter and lemon spice. Full and rich in the mouth with cool fruit flavors of green apple and pear with lemon zest freshness running throughout and a bit of a tropical note of pineapple towards the finish that's quite zesty and carries a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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