wineries &tasting rooms
Bargetto Winerytasting room
Bargetto operates Monterey’s oldest tasting room and has garnered high praise from oeno-philes for its full line of dinner and specialtydessert wines. Call for tour information. 700Cannery Row, Suite L, Monterey. 373-4053.
Winemaker John Cotta has more than 20years of experience producing wine in California.His knowledge of Old World techniques com-bined with up-to-date winemaking technologygive Baywood Cellars the bottling capacity of up to 150 bottles per minute. Tastings daily. 381Cannery Row, Suite C, Monterey. 645-9035.
Bernardus’ wine-tasting room is located in the heart of Carmel Valley Village. Beautifulcolor photographs of its upper Carmel Valleyvineyard and winery adorn the walls. All thevintage wines sell out quickly. Tastings daily.5 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village,659-1900.
This Monterey County tasting room encour-ages visitors to picnic on the grounds as theyenjoy a bottle of limited-release wine. Thewinery hosts tours and events and even offersa private VIP dining room. 800 S. Alta St.,Gonzales, 675-5341.
The lime-enriched soil of John and JanaSaunders’ Carmel Valley vineyard yieldsCabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet Francs of notable complexity and minerality. A terroir-seeker’s dream. Tastings Thurs-Sun. Valley HillsCenter, 7156A Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley.625-5040.
This rustic and isolated winery is set highabove the Salinas Valley, affording views of the Gabilan Mountains and the vineyards.Recommended wines: Chardonnay, PinotBlanc, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc. Tastings onSaturday and Sunday and by appointmentMon-Fri. Stonewall Canyon and Highway 146,Soledad. 678-1717.
Frank Joyce has been hand-making smallbatches of the area’s best Pinot Noir, Merlotand Cabernet since hedecided to scale backhis dentistry practiceand ramp up his winery.Limited production, most-ly local distribution andgreat quality have distin-guished Chateau Christinafor the past few years. 60Via Milpitas, Carmel Valley.659-0312.
Beautiful stainedglass and antiques adornChateau Julien’s wine- tasting room. Built in thestyle of a French countrychateau, the building’sgreat hall with its cathe-dral ceiling adds a touchof elegance. Tastings daily, tours by reservation only.8940 Carmel Valley Rd.,Carmel Valley. 624-2600.
Cima Collina’s hand-crafted Pinot Noir,Chardonnay, SauvignonBlanc and Merlot are onpour at this art gallery andwine-tasting bar in down- town Carmel. Most of the wines originate on three Salinas Valley vineyards. Open Thurs--Mon. San Carlos between Ocean and Seventh,Carmel. 620-0645.
Vineyards, thousands of roses and grazing cattle make Galante’s 700-acre property agreat place to have a picnic or hold an event.Their tasting room in Carmel-by-the-Sea offers achance to taste the very limited estate CabernetSauvignon. Tastings daily. Dolores betweenOcean and Seventh, Carmel, 624-3800.
Georis’ relaxing Carmel Valley tasting roomand shady courtyard offer intriguing vintages,fine furniture and an irresistible array of booksand gifts. 4 Pilot Rd., Carmel Valley. 659-1050.
Heller Estates Vineyards offers award-win-ning organic estate-bottled Cabernet, as wellas Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Helleris truly a local wine—its grapes are grown in the Cachagua region of the Carmel Valley.Try the Chenin Blanc. Tastings daily. 69 W.Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village, (800)625-8466.
This small, high-quality producer in the clas-sical Joseph de Maria stone building specializesin estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnayand Cabernet Sauvignon. Tastings daily, toursby appointment. 2 Village Dr., Suite A, CarmelValley. 659-8100.
Located at the southernmost tip of MontereyCounty in San Lucas, Lockwood Vineyardsproduces some notable wines, including itsChardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlotofferings. Sample Lockwood wines at either of the Taste of Monterey sites (see below), or call(800) 753-1424 for other locations.
Low-yield production techniques translate to well-regarded, fruit-intensive Pinot Noir,Chardonnay and Syrah. The new tasting roomis open on weekends. 3.5 miles south of Gonzales on River Rd., Salinas. 675-3398.
the Best of monterey Bay 2008 • 2009