Monterey Hones Its Identity
Good value wines are its hallmark right now but smaller artisan wineries are garnering the region a reputation for high-end Pinots and Chardonnays.
by Laurie Daniel
September 17, 2008
n the 1970s, Monterey wines were nearly synonymous with descriptors like “vegetal.” Poor planting decisions and bad viticultural practices resulted in wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignons, that were under-ripe and downright green. What a difference 30 years have made. Monterey County now has nine American Viticultural Areas, including the large Monterey AVA, and growers have been fine-tuning what grape varieties grow best in specific places.