Looking for a little Labor Day wine experience in the SF Bay area? You can check out the Monterey Wine Country’s Great Wine Escape Weekend. Its a good chance to visit and get a taste of one of CA’s less known great wine regions (less known translates to “more reasonably priced”…just FYI). This weekend the weather should be beautiful in Monterey so it should be worth the trip.
Wine and Food Enthusiasts Invited to Escape to Monterey County From November 11 – 14, 2004
MONTEREY, Calif., Sept 2 /PRNewswire/ — The Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association (MCVGA) is pleased to announce the upcoming eighth annual Great Wine Escape Weekend, November 11 – 14, 2004. As a celebration of harvest, the Great Wine Escape Weekend brings together winemakers, grape growers, hoteliers, restaurateurs and wine enthusiasts in this four day extravaganza. This cross-industry event promotes the diversity of the region and encourages guests to experience all that Monterey County has to offer.
Thursday evening, November 11th, begins the festivities with the Opening Reception Gala at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. To celebrate the “fruit of the vine” in true California style, this gala is a must. Guests can tempt their taste buds as fabulous signature entrees by several local chefs are paired with local wineries.
Friday afternoon, November 12th, continues the celebration with Pairings at the Plaza. Attendees can participate in three educational seminars on “perfect pairings” that will run throughout the day. Guests will also enjoy a fabulous lunch and hands-on dessert demonstration — all, of course, paired with the perfect wines and port to complement the meal.
Friday evening features the ultimate in food and wine pairing as Monterey County vintners and chefs plan their menus together for Winemaker Dinners throughout Monterey County. A winery representative will be present at each dinner to share and discuss their vintages with each course served.
Saturday, November 13th, is the day to capture the essence of Monterey’s Wine Country. Guests can enjoy a self-guided tour or a narrated bus tour of the many wineries that make up Monterey County’s unique wine region. The wineries will be treating their visitors to something special; from barrel samples and tasty appetizers to music, entertainment and games. After a fun-filled day of touring, the Monterey Marriott will be the host for an additional wine tasting, a silent auction, and classical music. The fun continues on Saturday evening with winemaker dinners occurring throughout Monterey County.
Sunday, November 14th, is another wine-filled day at the Inn at Spanish Bay! Pebble Beach is the perfect setting for this event as Monterey County winemakers and grape growers get together to discuss their world-class wines at this showcase event, The Great Wine Escape Finale. This grand tasting will feature barrel samples, new releases, and reserve wines from over 35 Monterey County wineries. Local restaurants will provide their latest delicacies to complement this wine and food extravaganza.
Special Great Wine Escape Packages are available. Many events sell out and guests should order tickets early. For information and tickets, contact MCVGA at 831/375-9400 or order online at www.montereywines.org
The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVGA) brings together the talents and resources of members, partners and our community in order to promote and support our leadership in the art, the science and the business of wine. Founded in 1974, MCVGA is a non-profit organization representing over 70 vintners and growers in Monterey County. MCVGA can be reached by calling 831-375-9400 or visiting online at www.montereywines.org
Source: Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association
CONTACT: Rhonda Motil of MCVGA, +1-831-375-9400