Courtesy of Bernardus Winery

Wine Region: Monterey, California

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Why Go Now: This 45,000-acre region has nine distinct appellations and 35 wineries, including the well-known Robert Talbott Vineyards. But it’s the restrained, earthy Pinot Noirs from up-and-coming producers such as Belle Glos and Lucienne that are gaining a following.

Stay: Bernardus Lodge & Winery (doubles from $535) has 57 intimate rooms with balconies looking out on the Santa Lucia mountains.

Eat: Renowned chef Cal Stamenov at Bernardus will prepare his brunch special on demand: sautéed local abalone with scrambled eggs.

America's Best Summer Getaways 2009

America's Best Summer Getaways 2009

Wine Region: Monterey, California

Why Go Now: This 45,000-acre region has nine distinct appellations and 35 wineries, including the well-known Robert Talbott Vineyards. But it’s the restrained, earthy Pinot Noirs from up-and-coming producers such as Belle Glos and Lucienne that are gaining a following.

Stay: Bernardus Lodge & Winery (doubles from $535) has 57 intimate rooms with balconies looking out on the Santa Lucia mountains.

Eat: Renowned chef Cal Stamenov at Bernardus will prepare his brunch special on demand: sautéed local abalone with scrambled eggs.

America's Best Summer Getaways 2009

Courtesy of Bernardus Winery

America's Best Summer Getaways 2009

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