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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Humanitas Wine Company

    We make honorable wines and dedicate 7% of our revenues (that's revenues, not profits!) to charit...

  • 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...

  • Ventana Vineyards

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

  • Talbott Vineyards

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

  • Mountain View Vintners

    In 1978, San Francisco entrepreneur Kevin Shannon founded Mountain View as one of California's fi...

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  • Muirwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey 2010


    Not bad, not great Central Coast cabernet. Dark fruit, prunes, raisins with medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Hahn Meritage Central Coast 2010


    T'was the night before Christmas, 2013, and I enjoyed the Meritage until 11:15. Hey, that rhymes...kind of. Anyway, a great bottle, right up my alley with five blended grapes, could have been better with six? I had better end this as I have to keep up with my two year old grandson, Nathan, tomorrow. Can not wait to be exhausted. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Bacchant Wines Luli Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2009


    Plum and currents. Slight crispness with a light tannin. Enjoyable with a heavier meal for a Pinot but still enjoyable with a lighter meal. Delicious. Second taste alight acidity with a good long fruity finish Read More

    Wine review by jescobio

  • Hahn Estates Grenache Gsm 2012


    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Bernardus Winery Chardonnay Monterey County 2010


    Decent but not great. Finish less clean than expected. Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • The Hess Collection Montery Chardonnay 2007


    its a good chard if youre on a budget but definitely has an ammoniated quality that could be counteracted with more subtle oaking! could begreat Read More

    Wine review by hedwards

  • La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey 2012


    The wine is a lighter color in the glass, quite typical of pinot noir. The ...-monterey-pinot-noir.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Nice story EMark! My La Crema arrived Saturday afternoon and is waiting ... I ... I have the opposite of you. Monterey Chard and Sonoma Coast PN.&nbs Read More

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  • MIne just arrived!  I have the Monterey Pinot and Sonoma coast chard... Read More

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  • I quite enjoy the Snooth Virtual Tastings.  It's been a while since I ... that will work for the VT--Monterey PN and Sonoma Coast Chardonnay--and, as I am accustomed at Total Wine, at a very reasonable tariff.  But wait.  At Total Wine, if you buy six or more bottles, they give you a 10% discount.  So, off I go on a search for some more wine s... Read More

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