www.montereycountyweekly.com MARCH 7-13, 2024 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY 37 CHILL McIntyre Vineyards just released their 2018 Block K1 Chardonnay. And if you are thinking, “whoa—that’s pretty mature for a white wine,” you are on the money. Most are pushed to the public months or perhaps a year after bottling. For the Block K1—and for his other whites, for that matter—winemaker Byron Kosuge likes to give them time. He allows natural yeast fermentation and as the wine develops, Kosuge selects the barrels from this block that reflect his feel for the vintage. This particular wine rested for seven months in neutral French oak, which is not out of the ordinary. However, the winemaker then set it aside in the cellar to mellow in the bottle. Such patience makes for a Chardonnay that will win over even those who avoid whites. It offers aromas of sliced apple and plump citrus, with a lush impression of stone fruit and soft vanilla—a compelling introduction that follows on the palate. The wine opens gently, creamy with a calm, nutty character. The fruits emerge mid-palate, but they don’t dance or dazzle like a young Chardonnay. Nor do they sag under the buttery heft of the overoaked California style. Instead, the bright sensations of peach, apple and citrus take a tranquil pause over the palate, easing into a finish rounded by earthy spice. It’s more thoughtful than brisk—a composed wine that can be considered at leisure by the glass, but also welcomes rich meals of the sort served at Easter gatherings. McIntyre Vineyards, 169 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. 626-6268, mcintyrevineyards.com. Bottled Time For McIntyre’s winemaker, a little spell in the cellar makes for a more worldly white wine. He’s right. By Dave Faries SEND IDEAS TO: chill@mcweekly.com DAVE FARIES 146 12TH STREET • PACIFIC GROVE THE PARTY FOR PADDY! Father/son duo John ad Tyler Weed and Stuart Mason will delight with their saucy rhythms and sweet Irish riffs. Marissa Gilman will awe us with her soaring dance steps. SUN. MARCH 17•3PM Doors Open at 2:30 with pre-concert music featuring The McMonarchs (St. Mary’s fantastic teen band) and Banish Misfortune. St. Mary’s bistro will be in full swing with our famous “tatties with toppings” and other seasonal treats and libations. ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT WWW.CELTICSOCIETY.ORG $30 ADV/35 DOOR KIDS (12 and under) $12 ADV/15 DOOR For more info call or text 831-224-3819 Pacific Grove Hardware 229 Forest Avenue • 646-9144 Locally Owned and Operated OPEN DAILY 8am-5pm Your Hometown Hardware Store take $5 OFF ANY $25 or more regular items With this ad. Exp 3/31/24 One discount per transaction BEST Hardware Store ’09-’23 Indoor and outdoor dInIng and takeout Eat + Drink WOOD FIRED PIZZAS, BURGERS, PASTA, SALADS, SANDWICHES AND MORE 11:30AM MON-FRI, 10AM SAT & SUN melvilletav.com 484 Washington St., Downtown Monterey 831.643.9525 HAPPY HOUR FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS Daily 4-6pm WEEKEND BRUNCH WITH BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS Fisherman’s Wharf’s Newest Restaurant Serving Fresh Seafood, Pasta, Steaks, Sandwiches Open Daily at 11:30am Great views at the end of the Wharf #1 www.rockfishmonterey.com • 831.324.4375 BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT + BAR @ LOVERS POINT ★ Indoor dInIng & Take-ouT daIly, 4:30pm 620 Ocean View BlVd. Pacific GrOVe 831-375-2345 • beachhousepg.com lovers poInT Beach cafe Is also offerIng Take-ouT daIly, 9am-4pm ’23 JOIN US NIGHTLY FOR DINNER AT 5pm TWO HAppY HOURS DAILY 5-6pm & 8-9pm Call or go to sardinefactory.com for details, reservations. 701 Wave Street, monterey, 831-373-3775 BEST RESTAURANT IN mONTEREY! Indoor and Outdoor Dining on the Dog Friendly Patio Tapas (Happy) Hour 4:30–6pm Nightly SATURDAY and SUNDAY BRUNCH 9 am–1:30 pm 700 Munras Ave., Monterey | 831-375-0176 | estebanrestaurant.com OPEN EVERYDAY for DINNER at 4:30pm Offering all your favorites plus wine, cocktails, bottle and draft beers. 763 Wave St., Monterey 831.373.3778 thewhalingstation.com ’23 Best Steak and Martini Monterey’s MOST Recommended Pizzeria Open at 4pm Mon-Thurs • Open at 3pm Fri Open at 12pm Sat.& Sun. 725 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey giannispizzamonterey.com 831-649-1500 BEST PIZZA ’98-’23 57 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey 831-373-1851 www.abalonetti.com ’23 OPEN FOR INDOOR DINING AND TAKE-OUT Everyday 11:30am-8:30pm Monterey County’s Best Calamari