Wine Lovers' Top-Rated Holiday Gift Choice

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Wine lovers’ best kept secret revealed along the California Central Coast. Stunning coffee table book tells story.

Those who are looking for something special for the wine lover in their life this holiday season would do well to consider a new gift book called, From the Highlands to the Sea: Exploring the Wineries of Monterey County. This picturesque coffee table book offers an intimate portrait of the winemakers of the Monterey region, from the days before Steinbeck through the present.

In a similar vein to its companion book, Mountain Vines – Mountain Wines: Exploring the Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains, From the Highlands to the Sea highlights the often fabulous, but largely unknown, independent wineries of its region with stunning photographs and intriguing interviews.

While tourists typically flock to the Central Pacific Coast for recreational opportunities – from horseback riding, to surfing, to you-name-it – the wineries of the California Central Coast may be the area’s best-kept secret.

Few people realize that over 100 small production wineries exist, tucked away in intimate country settings in Monterey, California and in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.

Unlike the mainstream vineyards of Northern California, these off-the-beaten path wineries offer more intimate tastings that are reminiscent of the Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries of the 1970s, where one might engage the winemaker in conversation, instead of being greeted by a tasting room attendant.

Those who are interested in exploring the art of winemaking will appreciate the advice and stories each winemaker has generously shared.

To order either of these books, or for up-to-date news and events of the 100+ wineries of the Central Coast, visit:

Please note that these beautiful gift books must be ordered no later than December 15th to be wrapped and shipped in time for the holiday season.


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