It's always fun finding a really good wine shop, especially when it's conveniently located. I had the good fortune of attending a conference in downtown Monterey and finding Terranova Fine Wines located right across the street. Located right at the corner of Calle Principal and Del Monte Ave, you can't miss it when heading to the Marriot, Plaza Hotel or the conference center. When you walk in, you're immediately presented with an array of well-placed wines that combine local producers with top names.
It feels a bit like walking into the wine-world equivilent of a Starbucks. There's plenty of seating, plenty of tables for two (perfect for date night), and a good long bar. I arrived at around lunch time and the place was quiet. The host, Anna Marie Lopez, welcomed me and asked what I'd like to try. You see, this is no ordinary wine bar. They have really cool technology that allows several bottles of wine to be dispensed in 1, 2.5, or 5 ounce pours so you can try many wines or just have a glass. It's perfect for a wine party or just hanging out with friends. I needed a place to work during lunch so I had a table all to myself.
I tried a set of white wines, including a semillon that was intriguing and delicious. I had also asked for a recommendation for a wine that was similar to Rombauer chardonnay. What I got was a nice alternative that hit the spot. The wine prices range from as little as a dollar to over $10 for some glasses depending on whether your get a taste or a glass. Depending on what you want, that's a great deal compared to restaurant prices. When I looked at a few of the wine prices, I found them to be well priced and reasonable with a good range from very affordable to high-end.
This was a great experience and exactly what I needed to enjoy the sunny day down in Monterey. The next time I'm in town to visit, since I'm only 90 minutes away, I'll make a special effort to stop by here again.
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