Hahn SLH Pinot Noir The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation produces world class grapes and the vintners at Hahn perform magic on these great grapes to bring us the SLH Pinot Noir. The pinot has aromas of red cherry, blackberry and is slightly earthy. Rich and refined tannins and balanced acidity showcase the flavors of red fruit, cherry, raspberry, vanilla and plum. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 14 months for you to enjoy tableside or wherever you desire. 37700 Foothill Rd, Soledad, (831) 678-4555, Jacks Monterey Asian Persuasion Turmeric-infused Ketel One, carrot juice, honey, lemon, and bitters create Jacks Monterey’s Asian Persuasion cocktail. Jacks menu features award-winning wines and cocktails. Located inside the Portola Hotel & Spa. Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, (831) 649-7830, Links Club Smoked Old Fashioned Playing golf in a luxurious shopping plaza? That has Carmel written all over it. Rent a golf simulator and order up a drink and some small bites. The Smoked Old Fashioned features Whistlepig Whiskey, barrel aged maple syrup, bitters, orange zest and a cherry. Infused tableside with woodsmoke, it’s also a fun show. McIntrye Vineyards Estate Wines For white lovers, the 2019 McIntyre Estate Vineyard Chardonnay is a stand-out choice from the Santa Lucia appellation, boasting fruity aromatics and balanced mouth feel. If it’s a red wine that you’re after, select the 2017 McIntyre Estate Block 3 Pinot Noir. Plums, blueberries and violets are the primary notes in this wine. 169 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel, (831) 626-6268, Pessagno Winery 2018 Chardonnay - Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Known for creating exclusive wines from single vineyards, Pessagno Winery leans luxe. The 2018 Chardonnay has aromas of honey, caramel, peach, apricot, vanilla and citrus. With smooth mouth feel and bright acidity, vanilla and peach flavors develop further through citrus and a lingering caramel finish. 1645 River Rd, Salinas, (831) 675-9463, Puma Road Tasting Flight With two area tasting rooms, the options for exploring Franscioni family wines. If you’re in Monterey, the convenient location at the Portola Plaza pours daily. If you’d like to taste the wines closer to the ground where the grapes are grown, opt for the River Road location. 281 Alvarado St., Monterey, (831) 747-1911, 32075 River Rd., Soledad, (831) 675-3548, Peter B’s Brewpub Inclusion Amber Ale The house amber is malt forward, but balanced by light herbal hops. Aromas of honey graham cracker, caramel, and light toffee. Has a toasted bread crust flavor. Finishes sweet, with a medium body and light herbal hop flavor. At 5.4% ABV and 28 IBU, this highly drinkable beer is begging you to consider another round. Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, (831) 649-2699, Quail Lodge Valley Greens Old Fashioned Firmly set in it’s location in Carmel Valley, this drink uses organic blackberries just like the ones which grow wild around Quail. The blackberries are muddled and infused with brown sugar for the simple syrup in this cocktail. Basil Hayden bourbon is used as a nod to the oaks that sprawl over Quail and throughout the Monterey Peninsula. 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, (831) 6242888, Scheid Vineyards 2021 Estate Pinot Noir Rosé Scheid makes it incredibly easy to rosé all day with their 2021 Estate Pinot Noir Rosé. Bright fruit aromas give way to delicate flavors of strawberry, cranberry, and soft lemon-lime. This rose from the Hacienda vineyard in the Monterey appellation is aged three months in stainless steel which retains the bright, floral, and crisp nature of this wine. San Carlos St &, 7th Ave, Carmel, (831) 626-9463, Vin Wine Bar + Bottle Boutique Club Sparkles Roslyn Anderson, VIN’s Chief Wine Officer curates small production and hard to find wines from all over California, France, Italy and beyond. The crowd favorite is her ever changing Champagne and sparkling program dubbed Club Sparkles, one of five of VIN’s Winetourage clubs. 237 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel (831) 293-8715, vinbarcarmel. com Wrath Wines Santa Lucia Highlands Small Batch Wines With a passion and respect for the terroir of the Santa Lucia Highlands, Wrath produces the varietals that grow best in this area: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Production is small and distribution limited; quality unmatched. Grab a tasting at Wrath’s idyllic Soledad location or in convenient Carmel-by-the-Sea. 58 The Best of Monterey Bay ® EAT + DRINK 2023-2024 Scheid Vineyards special advertising Section Signature Drinks Joel Angel Juárez