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Monterey Great Wine Escape Nov. 13-15

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 5:11 pm in Corkheads.

Can’t believe it’s already been a year since this wine tasting event in Monterey. While there are an infinite number of worthy wine events from Monterey to Mendocino, I like this one because it features 35 wineries – the sweet spot to not getting overwhelmed.

Also, what I like about this event is that there’s truly something for everyone. If you have the dough, you can spend $1,265 on the getaway of your dreams, or $95 on a winemaker’s dinner. For my money, I recommend the $25 Saturday self-guided wine tour, which gives you tasting admission to 11 Carmel wineries, including Ventana, a favorite of mine for their Syrah, and another 12 in Salinas (Chardonnay lovers should not miss Chalone).

On your own, be sure to check out Line Shack, a winery that’s making some gorgeous and very affordable Rhone varietals out of southern Monterey’s San Antonio Valley, a relatively new AVA and mountain valley in the Santa Lucia Range that is gaining a reputation for developing full-bodied, intense red and white wines.

Get tickets at the Monterey County vintners and growers website.

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