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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...
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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?

 

 
November 1, 2016
Albariño is a white varietal most often associated with Spanish wines. The majority of the world’s Albariño grapes are grown in Spain and made into Spanish wines as either varietal wines or white blends. But the varietal is not limited to Spain. It’s grown prolifically in Portugal, and is growing in popularity in new world growing regions such as Australia and California.

 

 
October 7, 2016
Racking is a wine making term that gets tossed out often and may sound like some complex process. But, in fact, the underlying basis of it is not so complicated.
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October 1, 2016
If one compares the wine grape growing process to a novel, the harvest is by far the denouement of the story. This is the point where the developing plot of the story (in our analogy here, this would be the development of the grapes on the vines) fully comes to light (seen here as the picking of the grapes that will ultimately be turned into wine).

 

 
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