Monterey Wine Country's 11th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend
Who doesn't like their wine experience with a side order of gorgeous scenery? Monterey Wine Country's 11th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend on November 9-11 offers a wide variety of wine adventures including wine and food integration seminars, open houses at the wineries, guided wine country tours, winemaker dinners and the Grand Finale at Quail Lodge. There are over 20 winemaker dinners which offer a chance to meet the faces behind the labels and taste vintages paired with food by local chefs. The winemaker dinners are $95. There is also a shuttled dinner in Carmel that starts at the Cima Collina tasting room, in Carmel then heads to Grasing's Coastal Cuisine for appetizers, salad and wines from Michaud Vineyard followed by a main course and dessert at the Carmel Chop House paired with wines from Pessagno Winery. The dinner is on Nov 9 and costs $165. The Wine Enthusiast's Signature Dinner is on Nov 10 and takes place in the Marinus Restaurant at Bernardus Lodge. Chefs Cal Stamenov of Marinus Restaurant and Annie Somerville of Greens Restaurant. The dinner will be accompanied by Monterey Country wines which are all rated 90+ points by Wine Enthusiast's Magazine) Monterey County wines. This dinner costs $250. The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa offers a package that includes three nights accommodations (double occupancy) in an Ocean View Room, plus Palate Pleasers, Winemaker Dinner on Friday or Saturday, Monterey Wine Country Tour with Boutique and Hidden Gems Wine Tasting and the Grand Finale for $1,556.
[via Avenue Vine]