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Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

Wine Village

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Jun 12, 2008.

I read this with some degree of interest:

The idea of a small village built around a few wineries and wine related businesses is pretty cool ... essentially that's what Napa is ... right? But this sounds slightly different, almost like it's too planned.

But still, I bet it would be a great place to vacation if they manage to pull together the right crowd of wine businesses.


Reply by Stephen, Jun 13, 2008.

Honestly, this seems way too planned for me, if I want to visit a village that is dedicated to wine, I'll pick a cozy village in France or Italy , whether it's in Burgundy, the Loire or Piedmont, you know they developed in a more natural way, yet are nonetheless devoted to their wines.

Reply by Philip James, Jun 13, 2008.

OK, that i dont entirely get, it reminds me of one of those model villages in middle america.

Monterey is planning something, similar, but from what I heard its going to be a lot more natural. Basically, i think the issue down there is many of the wineries are 45 minutes drive away from Monterey town, so the government is designating a strip of land (some miles long) thats closer to the town and can fit 20 boutique wineries along the portion of land.

To me that seems much more natural, and less, fake model village

Reply by Rhonda Motil, Jun 18, 2008.

Monterey Wine Country is a beautiful area and very spread out - over 80 miles long! The County is home to 25 tasting rooms, with hopes of attracting more. The local vintners association has worked closely with the County to make sure that we retain the special natural elements that make the region unique, while also growing in positive ways that support our two largest industries - agriculture and tourism.

The "Wine Corridor Plan" that is referenced basically analyzed a stretch of land and already completed those timely and expensive processes that are required prior to building a winery - i.e circultation studies, air, etc. However, it does not place a specific winery in a specific spot. We want to retain the charm of our region, while also helping out those boutiques that need some assistance in getting started.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jun 18, 2008.

What's next? A monorail that connects the wineries so that we don't have to drive our cars between the tastings?

Reply by Philip James, Jun 18, 2008.

RBoulanger thats called a limo in Napa i believe. Or, at least that Napa train thing that trundles up and down next to Hwy 29

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