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Chowder and Vino in Monterey

An annual favorite spotlights both sips and creamy soups.



    Chowder and Vino in Monterey
    An annual favorite spotlights both sips and creamy soups over the first weekend in June.

    WHAT LIBATION... is loveliest with a bowl of chowder? It's kind of a trick question, as we didn't specify the type of chowder. Is it a traditional New England stew? Or more a tomato-laden Manhattan? Or is it an all-together different spin on the hearty seafood classic? Again, those are kind of trick questions, as the reality is this: Chowder itself is a bit of a libation. It's so easy to sip straight from the bowl's lip, especially once you've worked through all the bits of clam and shrimp and oyster and those soak-up-the-flavor crackers. You want to get to the broth, and you're going to tip your bowl before your mouth to do so. BUT, and that's an all-caps, slightly shouty BUT, the fact is also this: Wine remains one of chowder's BFFs, especially here in California, a place that matches up coastal chowder eating with the regional wineries that aren't too far from the shore. One of the most prominent of these pair-ups is just ahead, in Monterey, and it is called...

    THE MONTEREY WINE FESTIVAL: For sure, a whole host of area vineyards will set up cork-cool shop around the historic Customs House Plaza, including Oak Ridge Winery, Martin Ray Winery, and Quady Winery. Beerhouses shall be on the grounds, too, if suds by the shore -- or near the shore -- is your jam. As for the Chowdah Celebration? That's on Saturday, June 4, the middle day of the three-day festival. And if you're more about the calamari, stick around on Sunday, June 5 when the popular appetizer is the center of the supping action.