Main contest page, Wine Travel Destinations article about Monterey County and our review page of wines from Monterey!
The winner of this contest recieves:
- A trip for TWO to the Wine Enthusiast's Best Wine Travel Destination of 2013, Monterey, California!
- Two nights, three days stay at Hotel Pacific: This boutique hotel is conveniently located in downtown Monterey, California, just a few minutes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other top area attractions. The luxury, all-suite accommodations feature fireplaces, complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments and luxurious feather bedding.
- VIP tasting & tour at Bernardus Winery, valued at $350: Introduce yourself to Monterey Wine Country with a visit to Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley. You'll spend the day in the Carmel Valley Village sipping award-winning wines and touring the Bernardus estate vineyard. Vineyard manager Matt Shea will begin the tour with an educational walk through Ingrid’s Vineyard in front of the Bernardus Lodge. Enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and an artisinal cheese plate as you learn what makes the Carmel Valley region especially well suited for wine production.Ends 4/5
Where to Dine
When Restaurant 1833 opened in downtown Monterey, it instantly raised the city’s culinary reputation. Located in one of California’s oldest adobe buildings (hence the name, which honors the year in which the structure was built), it offers fresh, skillfully crafted cuisine and a wine list so extensive, it has been described as an auction catalog. The cocktail selection is easily the best on the Monterey Peninsula. The atmosphere is lively, crowded and happy, with most entrées coming in around or above $25.Where to Stay
The chic Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is conveniently located on Cannery Row in the city of Monterey. Many rooms have expansive views of Monterey Bay (and sounds, too—the crashing of surf, the barking of harbor seals and sea lions).Where to Taste
A Taste of Monterey on crowded Cannery Row features the offerings of over 85 local wineries in a tasting bar-type setting. It’s the perfect place to sample the best of Monterey, especially if you’re staying nearby and don’t want to drive. For individual winery visits, start with Morgan. The tasting room is in Carmel, and you can sample a wide range of reserve and regular Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and other wines from this well-regarded producer.Talbott Vineyards offers some of the region’s most complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at its location on the River Road Wine Trail, which winds scenically along the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Chalone Vineyards is a true pioneer in California Pinot Noir. Its tasting room is way up in the Gavilan Mountain Range, above Soledad, east of the 101 Freeway.