This is my first time to the Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Carmel area for wine tasting. I've driven through the area before on previous visits but did not have the opportunity to any wine tasting then. I'm from Calgary, Canada. I've been to the Bay area multiple times and have done wine tastings in Napa, Sonoma, Livermore Valley and Lodi. I found some great vineyards in Lodi. I was hoping to find some hidden gems in the Monterey, Santa Cruz, Carmel area. Do you have any suggestions for places I should definitely visit and also places I should probably avoid.
I'm planning a day trip to the area later this week and I'm staying in South San Jose. Have you been to the Parsonage Family Winery in the Carmel Valley? I read some great reviews on other sites and it sounds like a hidden gem.
It would be great if you could suggest some of your favourite vineyards in the area. Thanks in advance.