At Manzoni Estate Vineyard, quality is more important than quantity. That's why the Manzoni family doesn't try to maximize the yield of their 6-acre vineyard—instead, they try to minimize it, culling just 3 or 4 tons of their best grapes each year. Since 1990, they have fermented these prize grapes into small batches of chardonnay with touches of apple and pear or black cherry–inflected pinot noir. Visitors can sample these vintages in the vineyard tasting room, which overlooks the craggy mountains of coastal California.
In place of the flickering florescent lights common to big-box grocery stores, sunshine illuminates the foods at Fresh from D'Vine, a farmer-focused indoor market in Salinas. Vibrant, in-season fruits and vegetables form little assemblages on wooden tables, as do bouquets of fresh-cut flowers. Most of the market's offerings come from growers in Monterey and neighboring counties, which helps to keep the store's carbon footprint to a minimum while ensuring that the freshness of its goods are at a maximum. Though the selection of produce changes with the seasons, some customer favorites include strawberries, artichokes, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, raspberries, broccoli, and peaches.
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