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Wines of Monterey County

Posted by Wine Groupie, Jul 14, 2010.

Please share your wine discoveries and adventures in Monterey County, CA.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 14, 2010.

I wish i had some adventrues to share! I was trying to shoehorn in a visit for late August but my plans changed. Lemme think about some winery reccos though!

Reply by thurson, Jul 14, 2010.

Hahn and Chalone, two of the best, IMHO.

Also in nearby San Benito County try Leal and Pietra Santa.

Reply by rednikki, Jul 21, 2010.

I live here, so I have plenty of wineries to recommend!

First off, the best thing about wine tasting in Monterey County is that - for the most part - you don't even need to get into your car to do it. There's a number of great wine-tasting rooms on Cannery Row that are an easy walk (Scheid's tasting room is very elegant, just like their wines, and Baywood is probably the one with the most friendly and fun atmosphere) as well as a block off (Pierce is in a building that used to be a house, and you have the vibe that you're visiting a hip friend and tasting in their living room - plus, it's the only winery in the area whose primary focus is Spanish and Portuguese style wines). There's also A Taste of Monterey on Cannery Row, which offers wines from many wineries in Monterey County (a number of which do not have their own tasting rooms), and has one of the best views of Monterey Bay around - it actually hangs over the bay and one wall is just windows!

Carmel-by-the-Sea has a few tasting rooms too, like Galante. You can wander around, shop, taste wine, shop some more, taste more wine...and then you can bring your wine (and a picnic) down to the beach and watch the sun set.

You can also take the Grapevine Express (Monterey-Salinas Transit bus 24) from downtown Monterey out to Carmel Valley and taste wines as you go. It stops at the Crossroads mall, which has the Morgan tasting room; at Chateau Julien, which is a chateau-style tasting room and winery on Carmel Valley Road; and then heads out to Carmel Valley Village, where there's ten or twelve wineries all within walking distance of each other (including Bernardus, Joullian and Chateau Sinnet). The scenery on the ride is gorgeous, too! There's great places to eat in Carmel Valley Village too, like Will's Fargo, so you can make a day of it (and we often do). Be careful not to try to hit every single winery in one go. It seems like every time I bring my friends out tasting in Carmel Valley they decide they have to try them all, and one person invariably suffers the consequences...

The third stretch is the "River Road Wine Trail" in Carmel Valley, which is very well signed and has about twelve wineries spread over 30 or 40 miles. They do open houses a few times a year, but even when they're not there's a number of great wineries to try, like Hahn (the sweeping valley views from their balcony are absolutely STUNNING), Paraiso (which also has great views) and Ventana (their tasting room is in a funky barn). The most fun we have out there is during the open houses. During those events, every wine tasting room has food and many have live entertainment; it just feels like a big, rolling party. I know they'll have another one around Valentine's Day; not sure if they'll have one in the fall or not.

Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 21, 2010.

i'd like to through in talbott vineyards, there sleepy hallow site is in the santa lucia highlands, and there diamond T vines are in carmel valley... great pinots and chardonnays....

also testarossa vineyards... they utilize sleepy hallow and other parts of the county and central coast.... i love their pinot!

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