Best of the Central Coast

Our new wine columnist makes his debut from Pebble Beach, from where he recommends five great Central Coast wines

By: David Bova

The only experience that equals playing a round at Pebble Beach Golf Links is re-living every shot  afterward on the porch at the Lodge at Pebble Beach over a bottle of wine and a fine meal, enjoying the California sun, the scenery and the company.
Wine and golf make a perfect pair, and I am pleased that has asked me to write a wine column. Twice a month, I will bring you the best wine selections from around the world, as well as offer useful tips that will enable you to get the most out of your golf lifestyle.
This week, we start our tour at Pebble Beach, home to golf's premier pro-am and located just north of California's Central Coast region, which is well known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Due to the close proximity of Monterey Bay, the area has a cool climate and is ideal for growing grapes.
As vice president of Pebble Ridge Vineyards & Wine Estates, I spend a great deal of time in the Central Coast, and I will be at Pebble Beach this weekend, enjoying the tournament and visiting a couple of my favorite places: the porch at Roy's at Spanish Bay and the Tap Room at the Lodge (the Tap Room Burger is a must-order).
I'll catch up with Jennifer the bartender, who has worked at the Tap Room for 15 years, and order one of these five recommendations for Central Coast wines:
Bernardus Pinot Noir 2006
Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2006
Talbott Chardonnay 2005
Mer Soleil Central Coast Chardonnay
J. Lohr Central Coast Chardonnay
If the weather cooperates, life doesn't get any better than that.

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