Owners Paul and Johanna bake everything fresh daily.Aqua Terra Culinary — (831) 657-9790 - Offering corporate catering — and having just landed the gigantic contract to cater the newly remodeled Monterey Conference Center — Aqua Terra Culinary also provides fresh and creative fare for weddings and other private events.
And it’s also socially conscious, as Galante founded her winery with a mission of supporting charities benefitting women and children.Scheid Vineyards — SE Seventh and San Carlos and Dolores – noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday – (831) 626-WINE (9463) – County grows more Pinot Noir than any other county in the state, so there’s a lot of competition when it comes to selecting the best.Its wine cellar regularly hosts free tastings, and the resident wine staff (namely, Patrick Schrady) is knowledgeable and helpful, whether you’re looking for a splurge-worthy Champagne to celebrate a milestone, or a Spanish sleeper that will impress your friends without breaking the bank. Nearest of all, Pine Cone readers selected its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as their favorites of those varietals again this year.Vineyard manager Matt Shea cultivates Bordeaux and Burgundy grapes at the winery’s estate vineyards in Cachagua and Carmel Valley, and winemaker Dean De Korth and his team work to produce the wines that keep fans coming back.The scent of tri-tip on the grill just outside the back door is an exceptional aperitif, and a wide variety of delicious salads in the deli case round out a picnic fit for a Devendorf. Farmers Markets — even bother shopping for produce at the grocery store, when any one of the main Monterey Peninsula farmers markets has better, fresher goods practically every day of the week?
Pine Cone readers know the best fruits and vegetables are found at their local farmers markets — and there are plenty.
Splurge on a new Le Creuset pot or stock up on more martini glasses for the bar, and drop off your knives for sharpening while you’re shopping. has never lost its small-town feel while carrying an impressive collection of wines from all over the world.
Whatever you need for the kitchen — and then some — you’ll find it here. Pine Cone readers know this, which is why they have selected it as Best Wine Store every year since the Golden Pine Cones started in 2008. daily - (831) 659-1900 - Pon launched his namesake winery in Cachagua 27 years ago, and while he started with the goal of creating a red wine that would rival the best of Bordeaux, the Chardonnays, Pinots and other varietals have also garnered praise from near and far.
WHETHER IT’S tracking down the best BBQ tri-tip sandwich, a fabulous bottle of cabernet or a great box of chocolates, our wonderful Pine Cone readers know where to find them all.
Competition for the winners in every category of the Golden Pine Cones is often fierce and hard-fought, ensuring that only the best of the best food, drink, services and attractions earn our treasured awards.
Dawn’s Dream Winery — NW corner San Carlos and Seventh – noon to 6 p.m. Saturday - (831) 659-2649 - all day,” has become the motto of wine drinkers everywhere, and in Monterey County, more than a dozen wineries produce a version of this still underappreciated, versatile, delicious, dry pink wine.