Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

116 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 wine Sauvignon is a regular gold medal winner. 69 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. (831) 659-6221, Mid Life Crisis Wines This tasting room from Austin Harlow Winery is due to open in 2023. The winemaker promises inexpensive bottles. 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Parsonage Estate Estate-grown, hedonistic Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot wines from seven acres of prime, sundrenched Carmel Valley land. With a focus on the health of each vine rather than the yield, the result is exceptional flavor and intensity. 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Suite B, Carmel Valley. (831) 659-7322, Pelio Estate While the label has been producing remarkable Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rosé since 2016, the owners opened their first tasting room in 2023. It is as stylish as the wines. 25 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley. (831) 298-7402, Rombi Winemaker Salvatore Rombi approaches grapes like a chef, because he is also a chef. He tends to higher elevation Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with care, using sustainable farming. 1 Center St., Carmel Valley. (831) 659-7200, Seabold Cellars Seabold takes a hands-off approach to their selection of site-specific wines, highlighting Burgundy and Rhone varietals touched by Monterey County terroir. 3 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley. (831) 288-2730, Scratch Wines Cabernet Sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains, Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, and a Riesling and Grenache from Arroyo Seco all enjoy lean minerality and admirable balance. 11 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. (831) 320-0726, scratchwines. com The Wine House Wines by the glass, beer on tap and a selection of small bites in an inviting space, both inside and out. This is a fun scene, but they also have a lot of wine knowledge. 1 E. Carmel Valley Road #A, Carmel Valley. (831) 2987438, Twisted Roots The tasting room hosts live music and other events on a regular basis. Their old vine Zinfandel is from gnarly vines planted in 1918. They also produce cider. 12 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley. (831) 594-8282, Windy Oaks The team here set out to do things the oldschool, Old World, Burgundian way. What they accomplished is a line of remarkable Pinot Noirs. They produce old-vine Chardonnay and old-vine Viognier, too, as well as other varietals with a focus on—you guessed it—Burgundy. 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 7869463, Monterey A Taste of Monterey More than 90 Monterey County wineries are represented in an on-the-water spot with floor-to-ceiling windows. A Taste of Monterey is also Cannery Row’s top spot for tapas. And there’s also an option to taste onsite here, so you can make informed decisions about which bottles to take home. 700 Cannery Row #KK, Monterey. (831) 646-5446, atasteofmonterey. com Albatross Ridge Winery & Kitchen See listing under Carmel. This location adds tapas and light bites. 316 Alvarado St., Monterey. Comanche Cellars The winery breaks from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay mold (although they produce both), adding old-vine Zinfandel, Tempranillo and other varietals, along with blends. 412 Alvarado St., Monterey. (831) 747-2244, Hellam’s Tobacco & Wine Shop You can pair wine with a fine cigar or pipe tobacco. Or you can buy a bottle from their curated selection. 423 Alvarado St., Monterey. (831) 373-2816, hellamstobaccoandwineshop. com Pierce Ranch Vineyards Pierce Ranch specializes in Spanish and Portuguese varietals from their estate in the San Antonio Valley AVA. Their Monterey tasting room is also a hub of live music and lively conversation. 499 Wave St., Monterey. (831) 372-8900, Puma Road The tasting room in Monterey offers the range of wines from Monterey County’s Puma Road Winery. Coming from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Paicines AVA, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the specialties for the familyowned brand. 281 Alvarado St., Monterey, (831) 747-1911, Sovino Wine Bar It’s quantity and quality at this sommelierowned-and-operated shop, where you can choose from 100 different bottles by 80 wineries from all regions of California, with a lot of Monterey County in stock. 241 Alvarado St., Monterey. (831) 641-9463, North County 101 Wine Press With beers on tap and local wines, the simple beer menu pairs well with the simple grub: barbecue with baked potatoes and salads. The wine list features their own label, and generous beer pours pair well with sports on the flat-screen TVs. 8049 San Miguel Road, Prunedale. (831) 272-3025, 101winepress. com Pebble Beach Stave Wine Cellar Part wine lounge, part wine shop, all refined, Stave features 50 wines by the glass, over 200 bottles for purchase, craft beers and McIntyre Tasting Studio