Before going into the restaurant, we found out that we could BYOW, so we headed to Bargetto Winery tasting room right across from Bubba Gumps. This winery has produced wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1933. They have two tasting rooms, one in Soquel and one here in Monterey.
We bought a 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($23 and no longer available). It's very good with seafood of course! There is a 2008 available on their website.
We also bought and brought home this beautiful bottle of 2004 La Vita ($60), which is in honor of the Italian ancestors (originally from Piedmont) who opened the winery in 1933. This red blend wine is a rich, full-bodied garnet colored wine composed of 60% Dolcetto, 24% Refosco, and 16% Nebbiolo. Each year the winery showcases one masterpiece in which wine has been portrayed. The 2004 La Vita honors Antonio Vivaldi, the great Italian composer from Venice. This is Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" (Autumn).
Last but not least, the fun of eating here at Bubba Gumps is learning the signage. If you want them to come by your table, post the blue sign. If you don't need anything at the moment, post the red sign!
And the scenery in Monterey is so beautiful on the bay!
A shrimp lover's delight!
Enjoy Bargetto Wines and Bubba Gump's seafood!