"Like guests at a vast coastal spa, our grapes luxuriate in just-right conditions. Superb soils. Warm sunshine. Cool ocean breezes. Slow and leisurely ripening - up to 60 days longer than other wine growing regions," reads a Monterey Wine Country brochure. The experience sounds so delightful even the federal government is encouraging people to visit the charming location. This spring, the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association secured two grants for nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to boost tourist awareness for the wine county.
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