Monterey Conquers the Veggies
The Rich Diversity of the Monterey County Appellations
by Clark Smith
September 17, 2008
erhaps no other California region is so stereotyped and stigmatized as Monterey County. The Salinas Valley’s prolific vegetable farms, supplying everything from artichokes to zucchini, are emblematic of the aspect that defines the Monterey winemaking conversation. Veg. It’s almost impossible to discuss wine with someone from this region without vegetal aromatics entering the conversation. These people are truly pyra-noid – obsessed with eliminating the pyrazines which imparted bell pepper and English pea aromas to the Monterey Cabernets and Sauvignon Blancs of the ‘70’s.