Monterey Wineries

Time for Wine in Monterey

Chalone Vineyard Photo courtesy: Monterey County vintners & Growers AssociationFast facts about wine in the Monterey Peninsula. By Jill K. Robinson Monterey County is a respected premier wine-growing region, and these numbers tell the tale — from history to the area’s importance in California’s wine production. 1771 Year Franciscan friars, at the Spanish missions of Soledad and San Antonio, planted …

Monterey Coffee Shops

The Buzziest New Java Spots in Monterey County

Coffee at Captain + Stoker Photo courtesy: Captain + StokerBrewing everything from espresso tonics to lavender lattes, start (or end) your day with a cup of joe from these creative coffee shops. By Kimberley Lovato Whether it’s a morning ritual, an afternoon caffeine kick, or a warm-up when the fog rolls in, coffee is not only a daily essential, it’s …

Picnic in Monterey

Monterey’s Picnic Paradise

Jerome’s Carmel Valley Market. Photo courtesy: Jerome’s Carmel Valley MarketWhat makes an unforgettable picnic in Monterey County? Start with scenery — a beach, a hilltop, an oak-shaded riverbank. Then add irresistible food and wine. Here are five best-of-the-best peninsula picnic spots paired with five choice shops to fill up that wicker basket. By Peter Fish MONTEREY Picnic Supplies Compagno’s Market …

Monterey Restaurants

Must-Taste Delights from Monterey County Restaurants

Abalone at GrasingsWith the abundant Pacific Ocean within striking distance, mealtime is the best time in Monterey County. By Kimberley Lovato Photographs by Christopher von Steinbach Catch of the Day The name of Wild Fish says it all. The restaurant specializes in seasonal fresh catch, such as petrale sole and rock cod. wild-fish.com Calamari When in the “Calamari Capital of …

Monterey Bay Restaurants

A Bite of Monterey Bay

A light and refreshing Gemma farm lettuce with radish, olive, onion, shrimp, and Gorgonzola dressing at La Balena. Photographs by Sherman ChuFoodies near and far appreciate the region’s celebrated chefs and eclectic menus — and its commitment to sustainable food. Thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, established in 1999, many restaurants serve only ecologically conscious catches. This …

craft cocktail

Magic in a Glass

Montrio Bistro’s Anthony Vitacca concocts creative sips with equally inventive names.Monterey Bay’s craft cocktail scene makes an impression with ingredients and inventiveness. By Mark C. Anderson Photographs by Sherman Chu Anthony Vitacca was crafting his own maraschino cherries and steeping his own bitters long before the word “mixology” became mainstream, and his Montrio Bistro in Monterey remains a perpetual cocktail …

Monterey Wine

Raise Your Glass

Photo courtesy gettyimages.comMonterey County is home to 349 vineyards, 82 wineries, and a wine region that generates approximately $1 billion annually for the local economy. Celebrating the area’s lush viticulture is a given — and maneuvering through the diverse varietals may be easier than you think. By Peter Fish “What could compare with the Pirate’s delight that evening when a …