Did you know: Monterey County supplies Napa Valley with anywhere from 12% – 75% of its grapes each year? You’ll learn little nuggets of wine knowledge like this and get a chance to sample some of California’s best wines on The Wine Trolley Tour (http://www.toursmonterey.com/, 831 624-1700). Your first stop, Ventana, brings you up to speed on wine tasting basics–such as how to hold your glass (by the stem, ladies and men!) and why legs don’t matter that much (at least your wine’s that is). From there, enjoy your ride to Carmel Valley in the old-fashioned, biodiesel trolley car with your guide Gary at the wheel–playing smooth tunes and sharing humorous narratives about your passing scenery. As soon as you reach Carmel Valley you can head off on your own to the numerous tasting rooms in walking distance with your trolley tasting tickets in hand. While it’s hard to go wrong when picking your stops, I HIGHLY recommend exchanging one of your tickets to taste the PARSONAGE Reserve Wines at the PARSONAGE tasting room. Truly some of the best wine I’ve ever tasted! No matter your tasting room picks, be sure to engage with your wine-tender and fellow tasters–everyone’s friendly and willing to share to their wine knowledge when asked.
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