Sip and Savor in Monterey County
By: Dan Rosenbaum
Come and see why Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Monterey County as one of 2013’s “Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations!”
Monterey County is an adventure for your taste buds. The area is known for a bounty of regional foods like fresh artichokes, gourmet mushrooms, artisan lettuce and seafood. Take our advice and gain insight on some of the best places to make your own special Monterey food memory. Find your restaurant here.
Earning the name "Salad Bowl of the World," it's no surprise that Monterey County is home to many farmers' markets of varying sizes and specialties. There's one on almost every day of the week, and two farmers' markets on several days of the week! No matter where you are - Pacific Grove, Carmel, Monterey, Marina, Salinas, Soledad or elsewhere in Monterey County - there's a farmers' market near you. Click here to see a list of the markets in the area.
Monterey County is the one of the largest wine growing and producing regions in California. Wine grapes were first introduced in Monterey County well over 200 years ago by the Franciscan Friars near the Soledad Mission in southern Monterey County. They discovered early that the county's climate, featuring midday heat tempered by morning and late-afternoon fog, was perfect for developing the intense fruit character winemakers revere. The unique microclimates created by the Blue Grand Canyon have led to ten distinct wine appellations and the rich diversity of growing conditions is reflected by the astounding 42 varietals grown here.
Today, approximately 85 vintners and growers are established throughout Monterey County, between them growing over 40,000 acres of wine grapes. Begin your tour of the various wineries and tasting rooms in the area here.
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