Galante Vineyards was the first tasting room in Carmel. But then, Carmel only exists because the winery’s owner Jack Galante’s great grandfather, J.F. Devendorf, founded it. We recently visited the tasting room and discovered that there was more to like than just a long history!
Wine tasting in Monterey
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Wine tasting is a fun combination of experiences: sights, sounds, aromas, flavors, even the sense of touch comes into play. When a tasting room gets the vibe just right, everything about the experience rises to the next level. Caraccioli Cellars is a great example of combining all the best elements of wine tasting into a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts!
Art and wine have so much in common. In some cases, these two creative expressions share a space. One shining example of such synergy is Scratch Wines in Carmel. Go through one door and enjoy fine wine and fine art, at the same time!
Combine a passion for charitable causes with an equal passion for producing fine wine, add a dash of whimsy and yes, a bathtub, and you get Dawn’s Dream. This is one tasting room that is well worth seeking out!
Art comes in many forms. Sometimes an artist can be express their talent in multiple ways. After achieving success composing soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures, Alan Silvestri brought artistry to another field by creating Silvestri Vineyards.
Just off the “main drag” of Monterey Bay’s Cannery Row is the tasting room for Pierce Ranch Vineyards. We visited recently, and found the few block’s walk to be a very good investment!
Making wine is a complex blend of art and science. No visit to Monterey Bay is complete without a visit to Blue Fox Cellars, a shining example of blending these elements to produce amazing and unique wines.
Monterey Bay is known for its incredible aquarium and Cannery Row. Not to be missed, however, is equally wonderful winery scene. Our first winery of the day: the Carmel Ridge Winery.
When you live in the Bay Area, it’s all too easy to check the weather, scan your Hotels Tonight app, and road trip for a staycation in any of the magical cities nearby. This particular weekend, Monterey was calling our name, with temps reaching the 80’s!
Upcoming EventsIn light of the COVID-19 situation, confirm event details in advance.
Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore
Indoor Concert Series
Doors open at 5:30pm, music starts at 6:00pm
No cover charge!
Wine by the bottle and by the glass
Charcuterie plates, flatbreads, and dessert plates available for purchase
February 10th: Happy Minute Band
Adelaida in Paso Robles
Join us in celebrating 25 years of the Viking Vineyard at Adelaida Vineyards and Winery on Saturday, February 11th. Enjoy an evening of fine dining in an intimate setting, with dinner provided by Chef Paul Corsentino.
A previous champion of Iron Chef America, Chef Corsentino blends California coastal ingredients with classic French techniques. Enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and a four-course meal accompanied by current releases and library wines from the Viking Vineyard to celebrate 25 years of farming!
This event will be held in our beautiful downstairs Barrel Room on February 11th at 5:00pm. This will be an intimate dinner with only 80 seats available.
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Cedar Mountain in Livermore through Feb 12
Valentine Port and Chocolate Pairing
February 11 & 12 Noon - 3pm
Reserve Chardonnay del Sol
Late Bottled Vintage
Paired with Ghirardelli, Godiva, and ?? Chocolates
$15/person - $5/Club Member
Call 925-373-6636 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation
Russian River Vineyards in Russian River through Feb 12
Join us for a special Valentine's Day Wine & Food Pairing!
The Kitchen at RRV has lovingly handcrafted four delectable dishes to pair perfectly with four featured wines. Each course is thoughtfully created to complement its fine wine component.
This Valentine's Day Wine & Food Pairing Experience will be available as follows:
February 11th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
February 12th: seatings at 12:00 & 2:00
Wine Club Members: $70 per person (discount added at checkout)
Non-Members: $85 per person
Vegetarian Option Available!
Space is limited and reservations are required.
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Harvest Moon Winery in Russian River
Sun, Feb 12, 12-4pm
RandyZin Valentine's Event
Live Harp + Piano, Special Flight + Pairing
Celebrate love (and wine) with us on Sunday, February 12th. Enjoy a special event flight with newly released wines paired with savory baked bites, sonoma county cheeses, and organic chocolate from Rainy Day Chocolates.
This romantic afternoon will be accompanied by live music with Harpist Liyanna Sadowsky and Pianist Jeremy Lipsin.
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Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador through Mar 26
Behind the Cellar Door
Saturday, March 25th and 26th, 11am to 4:30pm
For more than 25 years, Amador Vintners’ member wineries have invited guests Behind the Cellar Door for one of the most entertaining and educational wine events anywhere.
Guests will be able to reserve experiences at 5 different wineries each day from over 40+ wineries in Amador in the beautiful Sierra Foothills. Enjoy tasting flights, behind the scene vineyard and winery tours, and an educational experience delivered by our winemakers and winery teams.
Here at Dobra Zemlja Winery, (meaning 'good earth' in Croatian) join us as we give guests a peek ‘behind the cave door’ with an educational barrel and vertical tasting experience of our signature port-style wine, Kikas, mali 'little' bites that pair perfectly with a select flight of our ‘Big Amador Reds, No Lightweights’, and fantastic wine specials. Zivili!
Tickets on sale now at https://amadorwine.com/bcd/.
Ticket Pricing -
Saturday and Sunday Passport: Pre-sale $79 / Regular $89
Sunday Only Passport: Pre-sale $54 / Regular $59
Saturday Only Passport: Pre-sale $54 / Regular $59
Designated Driver: $20 per day
Purchase your tickets before midnight on February 13th for discounted pre-sale pricing!