NileGuide Expert Says:
The last Friday of every month they stay open late (until 9pm) and often have live music. Request a list of local restaurants that don’t charge a corkage fee for wine purchased here.
700 Cannery Row
Suite KK, upstairs
Monterey, CA 93940
In terms of wine production, Monterey County is to Napa and Sonoma what skiing in Alta or Big Sky is to Aspen… a less famous (and less pretentious) alternative of equal or greater quality. Over 85 vintners and growers call Monterey County home – and there's no better place to get acquainted with them than at A Taste of Monterey. Here you can sample wines from over 40 local vineyards in a room perched above the ocean with floor-to-ceiling windows. Finding the room can pose a challenge, as it's tucked away on the 2nd floor of an old cannery building. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is inviting and festive. Tastings (6 wines) cost $5, which can be used towards a purchase. You can also find guides to the county's wineries, as well as a plethora of wine-related regalia and paraphernalia. A Taste of Monterey will impress you with its intoxicating view and leave you with a new appreciation for Monterey's unique and world class terroir.