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The BesT of MonTerey Bay 2008 • 2009
 
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alifornia was a late addition to the world of winemaking, to say the least.When Spanish monks planted the first California varieties of Vitis vinifera, the famous Bordeaux region of France had already been exporting wine to most of the world for 600 years.But the Europeans’ head start has all but vanished. At the 1976 Judgment of Paris, an international wine competition, Californian wines beat out their Frenchcounterparts in both the red and white categories. Today, California featuresmore than 1,200 wineries, whose combined annual crop represents 90 percentof American wine production.Monterey County has had a lot to do with California’s emergence as thewestern hemisphere’s pre-eminent wine region. Although the first vines weren’tplanted here until the 1960s, the unbridled success of pioneers like Chalone,Wente, and Mirassou ultimately led to the 40,000 acres of grapes plantedhere.Today Monterey County continues to establish itself as one of the premierwine-growing regions in the country, if not the world. Within Monterey County areseven different certified American Viticultural Areas, most notably Carmel Valleyand the Santa Lucia Highlands. From the wet and cool air of the coastal regions to the dry and warm climate of the rocky southern areas, Monterey Countyencompasses a diverse range of microclimates which create near-perfect condi- tions for every varietal and style.The area’s mainstays--folks like Doug Meador of Ventana, Rich Smith of Paraiso, Rob Talbott of Talbott Vineyards, and others--revised and fine-tuned thescience of growing grapes in these various sub-regions.They’re joined by greatboutique wines like ChateauChristina, Marilyn Remark,Parsonage, Pisoni, and Sheldon.And of course there are always the regional standard-bearersChalone, Galante, Hahn/Smithand Hook, Joullian and Georis.From the southernmost tipof the county near Paso Robles to the inland hideaways of theCarmel Valley, great wines mate-rialize from magical soil every-where in this wine wonderland.
monterey county winesfrom albariño to zinfandel
 
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.
BayWood Cellars
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 Winery
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.
BlaCkstone Winery
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.
Boëté
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.
Chalone Vineyard
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.
Chateau Christina
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.
ChateauJulien
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
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.
galante Vineyards
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 Winery
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
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.
Joullian Vineyards
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.
loCkWood Vineyards
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.
manzoni estateVineyard
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.
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