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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

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  • 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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  • Mountain View Vintners

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

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    San Saba is now Wrath Wines. The Thomas family bought San Saba Vineyards in late 2007 and has set...

  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

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

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Praxis Cellars

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  • The Coastal Commission has had large chunks of power since the '80s when their rise truly commenced. Don't remember hearing much in the '70s, though research might throw clearer light on their beginnings. Imagine there's been an ebb and flow in their influence and clout. For example, did they throw it around the same during the Schwarzenegger er... Read More

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  • Interesting. Given the current water situation in CA, it may not be such a bad idea not to develop any more water-intensive businesses.Greg, the central coast has had water issues as long as I can remember...  Even in spells of good rain.  They are always conserving.  I read it has to do with their location- their source is basically runoff from... Read More

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  • Hey thanks NG.  I'm going to search that out.  Victoria is a haven for environmentalists and I'd be surprised if I couldn't find a copy of that.  EDUCATION would be extremely effective and the best place for all levels of government in California to start the conservation effort.  I'm willing to bet though, that changing so many mentalities will... Read More

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  • NG, you can call me Darren, or a-hole, whichever is more applicable at the time :)I should have said I found on the internet, a real estate site that had listings for sale.  It makes sense then if you can't do anything with it that people would give up.I thought America was the land of the free!  That sounds Totalitarian to me.  Is that a local,... Read More

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  • Interesting. Given the current water situation in CA, it may not be such a bad idea not to develop any more water-intensive businesses. Read More

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  • DVogler,It's prolly cheap since it would be difficult to build on it.  Also may be a water issue.  In Cambria, CA (just south of Big Sur), land is relatively cheap because you are not allowed to build without water, and the wait for water meter on a newly purchased piece of land was 20-30 years last I checked!  Which means there are a lot of vac... Read More

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  • I found 20 acres for sale right off the highway, up the hill of course, for $850k.  Wow.  That's cheap.  Read More

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  • Dmcker,I think it is very difficult to develop any "private" land in Big sur due to the land trust and Ca Coastal commission.  While these agencies are providing protection from large developments and other entities that might harm the coastline, many believe they have gone waaayyy overboard.  As far as grapes go, you would have to pull out the ... Read More

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  • NG, was hoping to see you (and Fox) here in this discussion! Coastal Commission issues are something I was once au courant on since my family had a big chunk of land right on the ocean in Cayucos (I was also personally asked to make an offer on a ranch fronting the ocean in Cambria, though I quickly backpedaled when research dug up multiple not-... Read More

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  • The photos are all from three separate plots of private land that I looked at.Agreed, JD, and I hesitated before posting my query.But wondered if anyone knew of any winemakers doing things there, interesting or not. Certainly there is wine down towards Cambria and Cayucos. If the Hearst family had held onto San Simeon, there'd likely be hundreds... Read More

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