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March 17, 2018
When you're wine tasting, you undoubtedly hear the terms aroma and bouquet tossed around. You've perhaps even considered them to be one in the same, as they are used so interchangeably. And, while they are indeed related, there is a distinct difference between the two.

 

 
December 27, 2017
Imagine a Chardonnay with no butter, no vanilla and no cream. Forget lattes, cappuccinos and all the creamy business… we just want black coffee. For those who’ve elevated their wine tasting chops to something beyond milk fat, unoaked Chardonnay sounds pretty compelling. 

 

 
December 2, 2017
 "This is a Rhône-style wine." You've heard the line before, but the definition of a Rhône-style wine can vary and calls for some discussion. As always, we're here to bolster your vino knowledge. So grab your corkscrews and let's go Rhône!

 

 
August 26, 2017
Chardonnay…What are your first thoughts when you hear the varietal's name? White, golden, buttery, creamy, oaky, tropical fruit flavors - all easily come to mind. The varietal is an intriguing subject as it is grown and produced by wine rookies and veterans alike around the globe. Chardonnay produces menial, mass-produced wines and highly specialized wines alike. Everyone has heard of Chardonnay, but where did it originate?

 

 
February 4, 2017
Cima Collina roughly translates as “hill top,” and there’s really no better way to describe the quality Cima Collina winery produces. Here at A Taste of Monterey, we are excited to have Cima Collina represented as one of Monterey County’s top wineries. A quote from winemaker, Annette Hoff, truly reflects the character and approach of the winery.

 

 
January 4, 2017
The long days of the harvest are over. Primary fermentation of the year’s
grapes is over and by now wines are being stored in steel tanks or wood
barrels. The vines are dormant in the vineyard with the settling in of colder
weather. It must be quiet in wineries this time of year in winter, right? Not
really.

 

 
December 9, 2016
There’s a chill in the air these days. Yes, even here in California. This time of year certain flavors and foods seem to be more appealing than at other times. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, ginger, cardamom, anise, clove, sage…all are popular seasonal flavors.  Just as certain flavors and foods have a special appeal in the waning months of the year, this is also true of wines

 

 
December 5, 2016
 "This is a Rhône-style wine." You've heard the line before, but the definition of a Rhône-style wine can vary and calls for some discussion. As always, we're here to bolster your vino knowledge. So grab your corkscrews and let's go Rhône!

 

 
December 1, 2016
Petite Sirah is an intriguing varietal, beginning with its name. To start with, it’s not small or Syrah, as the name would suggest. If anyone ever tells you that Petite Sirah is a toned-down version of a Syrah wine, they are wrong on so many levels...

 

 
November 2, 2016
It’s Thanksgiving time again and this day of the year dedicated to food and family is a great time to open some Monterey County wines. But which ones?

 

 
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