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!
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Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
NEW!! FRIDAY HIKE & TASTING WITH LISA
Friday, January 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The top of the hill is, hands down, my favorite spot at Charles R. You may have never known it was there, but once you see it, you’ll experience the whole of Livermore Valley from a totally different perspective. The view from the top never disappoints - no matter the weather, the temperature, the steepness or the wind factor, - this special place is simply beautiful.
Dick and Bonnie have been generous enough to share this little-known part of the property with us, and are excited to share the space with those willing to make the trek.
Join me each 4th Friday for a morning hike up the hill. We will share a taste of wine at the top to quench our thirst, then finish up with a full flight once we’re back in the tasting room.
I hope to see you there!
Lisa Lee, Winemaker
Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
PREMIERE PARTY FOR OUR NEW RESERVE WINES
2019 Chardonnay & 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
Saturday, January 29, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
We’re rolling out the red card for the premiere of our new Reserve line of wines! Club Members, don’t miss the release of our first Reserve Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, enjoy live music with Jack Quigley, and Peggy’s Pretzels will be serving up sweet and savory gourmet soft pretzels paired with our new wines. You can choose toppings from Garlic Butter with Parmesan, Mustard or Wine Cheese, along with Cinnamon and Sugar Pretzel with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Each of these lots are single barrel reserves. That means there is not a whole lot of any of them. These are MEMBER EXCLUSIVE wines that will not last long. We are so excited our patience is finally paying off and the time has to come to get to share these beautiful wines with our most loyal friends and family!
Cedar Mountain in Livermore through Feb 13
Valentine Port and Chocolate Pairing
February 12 & 13 Noon - 4pm
Reserve Chardonnay del Sol
Late Bottled Vintage
Paired with Ghirardelli and Godiva Chocolates
$15/person $5/Club Member
Call 925-373-6636 to make a wine tasting reservation.
Russian River Vineyards in Russian River through Feb 14
Join us at Russian River Vineyards for a special Valentine's Day Food & Wine Pairing!
The Kitchen at RRV has lovingly handcrafted four delectable small dishes to pair perfectly with four featured wines. Each small dish is thoughtfully created to complement its fine wine component.
This Valentine's Day Food & Wine Pairing Experience will be available as follows:
February 12th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
February 13th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
February 14th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
Wine Club Members: $65 per person (discount added at checkout)
Non-Members: $80 per person
Vegetarian Option Available!
Space is limited and reservations are required.
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The Caliza Winery in Paso Robles
We missed you all last year and the time has come for us to announce our next Winemaker's Dinner on Saturday, February 19th, 2022!
Those of you that have been to our Winemaker Dinners, you know we break out all of the best bottles from our past, present, and even future! We will be pre-releasing our 2019 Reserve Syrah for the main course, this wine received 98 points from renowned wine writer, Jeb Dunnuck and YOU will be the first to taste and have an opportunity to purchase this outstanding wine! We also can't do a Caliza dinner without something old, right? Well-aged vintages of Caliza will also be paired, check out the menu below from our favorite, Chef Jeffrey Scott.
What: Caliza Winemaker Dinner
When: Saturday, February 19th/5:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: Caliza Winery Production Facility in Tin City - 2915 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, CA
Cost: Wine Club Members $170/pp (up to 4 discounted tickets per membership) - $195/pp Non-MembersClick here for more info