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WINE PASSPORT WEEKEND

The perfect break in winter for wine-lovers, the Wine Passport Weekend, February 17-19, offers a chance to explore Monterey County's wineries while collecting stamps in your wine-country passport. It entitles you to tastings, special offers and tasty prizes; the Monterey Wine Auction & Gala on February 18 is a don't-miss opportunity to bid on even bigger goodies! Call 831-375-9400 for information or visit the website


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From 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!

Food and WineNo 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.



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SALUTE TO AGRICULTURE
As anyone who has read East of Eden, or just nibbled a salad or strawberry in America, should know, the Salinas Valley is all about agriculture with a capital A.

The final element in the Valley's Salute to Agriculture, held every September, is the tasty Taste of the Valley, September 29.

The event is a veritable beauty pageant for local produce: pencil-thin tender broccolini beside curvaceous heads of lettuce, ruby-red wine beside bounteous baskets of veggies. Chefs, led by Mary Pagan of the Culinary Center of Monterey, come out to work magic on the raw materials, and winemakers pour tastes of their best.

Tickets are available at the door of Sherwood Hall, beside the Rodeogrounds; $15 for the general public, 5-8pm.





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Monterey County Vinters and Growers Association