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Monterey County Wines Seek to Shed Stepsister Status

Monterey County has become one of the most important grape-growing areas in America, but it can't seem to lose its second-class status
Sep 2000 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
Many of the country's most respected producers source vast quantities of grapes from the county's 40,000 acres of vines. A few of its premium producers have won national acclaim and its fruit, especially Chardonnay, makes wines equal to those of other wine-producing areas. Yet Monterey never comes first when consumers or writers alike discuss wine. The reasons for this paradox include the county's relatively recent development as a major wine-grape producer, missteps as growers learned to exploi...
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