Monterey Wineries

Time for Wine in Monterey

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. Smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVA) located within Monterey County Acres of planted vineyards Total vineyards in Monterey County Different varietals used in local wine production Bonded wineries in Monterey County Tasting …

Monterey Coffee Shops

The Buzziest New Java Spots in Monterey County

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 also an experience in Monterey County, where these new favorites bring their A-game to each cuppa. Located in Seaside, urban edge and an onsite recording studio (open to all who dare) at …

Monterey Bay Restaurants

A Bite of Monterey Bay

Foodies 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 same philosophy carries over into the locally sourced produce that makes its way from the fields of the Salinas Valley to …

craft cocktail

Magic in a Glass

Montrio Bistro’s Anthony Vitacca concocts creative sips with equally inventive names. 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 destination. His latest drink menu provides another tidal wave of wow, with creations like “If You’re Not Into Yoga” …

Monterey Wine

Raise Your Glass

Photo courtesy gettyimages.com Monterey 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 Monterey County and winemaking were made for each other. Just …