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The Monterey County wine industry came under the spotlight in this last of the Ag Forum series of luncheons at the National Steinbeck Center (March 2). March's topic: "Napa Vision — When do we get there? Do we want to go?", featuring experts from the Napa/Sonoma wine regions.

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Food and Wine

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Food and WineFrom its five-star restaurants to its award-winning wines, Monterey County is a gourmet food lovers' paradise. With the seafood bounty of the Monterey Bay, a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables from the Salinas Valley, and the fine wines produced throughout the region, local chefs can create a meal you won't soon forget.

You might celebrate your anniversary with a romantic dinner for two in one of our charm-filled restaurants in Carmel, or bring the whole family to Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf for casual dining with a waterside view. An eclectic mix of ethnic cuisine is also available for the adventurous visitor. Try one of our many Thai or Pacific Rim restaurants, or Mexican taquerias. (Of course, if it's a good old-fashioned hamburger you crave, you can get that, too.) And don't forget to save room for dessert!

No visit to Monterey County would be complete without a trip to one of our many award-winning wineries. Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Paraiso Springs Vineyards, Chalone Vineyard, Smith & Hook Winery — Hahn Estates and Galante Vineyards are just a few of the wine labels you might recognize. With a whopping 40 tasting rooms to choose from, we guarantee you will be back again and again. Cheers!

Seen from the air, Monterey County seems a patchwork of sprightly greens and rich browns: thousands of intensively farmed acres. Few nights here see frost, except on the hillsides where cattle graze; even the hot, sunny inland valley is often tempered with fog on summer days. This moderate year-round climate allows our farmers to grow virtually any crop successfully, with tender lettuce, luscious strawberries and the prickly artichoke our best-known produce.

More Reasons to Come Soon

Two events in April offer connoisseurs of fine art and fine wine a chance to marry their interests in very congenial surroundings.

The Changing Seasons Art Event takes place April 1-3. This 'passport style' event throws open the doors of more than two dozen Carmel-by-the-Sea art galleries. While inspecting the hundreds of paintings, sculptures and mixed-media artworks on display, passport holders nibble on hors d'oeuvres prepared by Carmel's most popular bistros and taste wines from a dozen Monterey County wineries.

On April 24, Chateau Julien holds its annual Wine and Art Festival in its charming open-air, cobbled courtyard. Guests will taste a vertical selection of the winery's Estate Vineyard Merlot, 1998 through 2001 vintages, while chatting with artists about their watercolors, ceramic arts, oils, sculpture and hand-painted tiles.