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Tasting Train Destination: Monterey, CA
March 20 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Train get’s here next Tuesday,
don’t forget to get your tickets!!!!
All Aboard the Tasting Train!!!
Destination: Monterey, CA
Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m.
$25 per person / $20 for Members
(not including tax and tip)
Join us for our third stop on board the Tasting Train as we travel and learn about the amazing world of wines in Monterey, CA!
Big Sur’s rugged shore. Carmel’s bleached sands. Pebble Beach’s gentle tide pools. The Monterey California coast is world-famous for unparalleled scenic beauty. Monterey’s world-class wines rely on those very same picture-perfect elements. Boasting over 175 unique vineyards, winegrowing mostly takes place in a 90-mile-long valley, with only eight primary viticulture soil types. The northernmost areas of Monterey, deemed as on the edge of being too cold to grow wine grapes, are held in high esteem for their exceptional production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Yet, the valley experiences a “thermal rainbow™” spreading north-to-south, cold to warm, providing diverse ever-warming micro-climates supporting forty-two fine wine varietals. The Blue Grand Canyon™ provides a climatic pathway that connects the deep sea to the wine growing regions of Monterey.
Grape Varietals of Monterey, California
Pinot Noir – In comparison to the wines of other growing regions, Monterey Pinot Noir will be more fruit forward than a European style due to the longer growing season provided by the Blue Grand Canyon. Monterey Pinot Noir will be more balanced, layered in flavors and subtle in palette.
Pure Monterey Pinot Noir will exhibit a fruit profile driven by bing to black cherry, rhubarb and vine grown, dark, bramble cluster fruit, often with a signature spice component, that is determined by the clonal selections and soils in the vineyards. The minerality component is the blend of acidity and alcohol that gives the wine its structure. This allows the fruit characteristics to show and provides the medium for the enjoyment of the wine and its exceptional ability to pair with almost any food. Alcohol will most likely be in the 13.5-14.5 range, but is not usually a defining characteristic.
Chardonnay – In comparison to the wines of other growing regions, Monterey Chardonnay will be exhibit much more developed fruit than a European style due to the extended growing season provided by the Blue Grand Canyon. In contrast to Chardonnays grown in new world regions, Monterey Chardonnay will generally be more layered in flavors and subtle in oak.
Pure Monterey Chardonnay will be youthful straw yellow in color, have exceptional clarity and possess a nose that is vibrant with lime, apple, pear and perfumed vanilla with subtle floral notes. The first taste often exhibits the range of tropical fruit flavors including lemon, pineapple, mandarin, grapefruit and lime followed by a mid-palate of banana, mango, coconut, pear, apricot, peach and melon. Alcohol is typically in the range 13.5-14.5 and is a defining characteristic. 40% of total grape acreage is dedicated to Chardonnay grapes.
Jump on the Tasting Train and join us, as we explore
wines from Central Coast of California, in Monterey.