FRIDAY FUN TIMES
Every FRIDAY night, we have a Wine & Cheese Pairing Party in our Carmel tasting room, from 4-7pm. We'll serve specially paired cheeses from The Cheese Shop, as well as a charcuterie plate--only $15/person, which includes the 4-wine tasting; free to members and up to 3 guests.
Our tasting room is in a flower-bedecked courtyard, and is comfortable and cozy, decorated in the unique Carmel rustic style. As you may know, downtown Carmel does not have addresses; we are located just a block and a half north of Ocean, on the west side of Dolores, between 5th and 6th, in the Su Vecino Court.
Our phone in Carmel is 831.574.3135.
We are open in Carmel-by-the-Sea, every day, except Wednesday. Winter hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 2pm to 6pm; Friday and Saturday, noon to 7pm; Sunday, noon to 6pm. Please come visit our beautiful tasting room right in the heart of the village.
We opened our new tasting room in Carmel-by-the-Sea in late July 2014, and are thrilled to now be involved in winemaking in two prestigious appellations: Monterey and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The year 2011 was notoriously stingy in yield, not just for us, but all over the state - the quality was there for us, but not the quantity. We worried that if we had another year of such low yields, we could not financially depend solely on our estate grapes, so we researched, and found good sources for our Picnic Whites, and our new Night Owl Red
two sauvignon blancs, a pinot gris, an unoaked chardonnay; and the Rhone blend: grenache, mourvedre, and syrah. During the past two years, as Jim made connections with these growers, he also made connections with other Monterey appellation growers, and has now cemented some great relationships, with legendary names such as Chalone, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco.
The Monterey appellation is directly southeast of our home vineyard, and encompasses some 44,000 vineyard acres (in contrast, the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation is just 1,500 acres, and Napa is about 45,000). It begins in the mountains of the Santa Lucia Range, and goes east and south, with many variations in terroir. Jim loves the new challenge, and has spent many happy days roaming the vineyards of this vast appellation, looking at vineyards, talking with growers, and finding the best possible grapes for our production.
Coincidental to all this, our eldest son James, decided in early 2014 that he would like to join the family business, but more on the marketing side rather than the production side. This, together with the additional wine we're producing from Monterey appellations, gave us the idea of perhaps opening a remote full time tasting room in the Monterey area, with James as the manager. We decided that the small town of Carmel-by-the-Sea had much of what we were looking for in a tasting room - a concentrated downtown with discerning, year round, wine-loving tourists from everywhere.