Jul 20, 2012

Southern Latitudes Wines, Carmel

So who knew that in the cute little town of Carmel by the Sea is a great source for wines of the southern Hemisphere (they have since moved to Carmel Crossroads Shopping Center). Oh look the name of the store ‘Southern Latitudes Wines” is representative of what they sell! Sometimes we are a little slow on the uptake.

Southern Latitudes Wines also does a tasting flight of select wines that they sell. The tasting menu consists of 5 or 6 wines and changes every other day. They offer 2 ounce tasting pours. Generally, the full series of 5 or 6 wines costs $11 - $15 for the flight.

We scoped out the selection exclusively featuring the wines of Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa and Chile. With our best wanker attitude in place, and our vast consumption expertise of Australian and New Zealand wine, we were looking to be critical of anyone pretending to have a great selection. No pretenders here! Not only were there a nice selection of wines, but some of the one’s they have, are in our humble opinion are truly bonza! There were a number of “hey check this out” moments. We made a mental note of wines to purchase before leaving but the next order of business was to have a taste of the day’s offerings. The tasting was a very interesting selection from all regions except South Africa and Kiwi and Koala enjoyed the adventure. The unanimous Fair Dinkum favorite from our taste was a full bodied 2009 Cabernet from Vasse Felix in Margaret River from Western Australia a 7 and ***. All the other tastings were ****.

After finishing our tasting we went to grab our wine selections only to find that one we both had on our list had just been sold out. Ouch! Note to us, select wine’s and put behind counter as minimum purchase (in case you buy one or more of the tasting wines) then taste. Kiwi and Koala were being conscious of the amount of walking to come so only three bottles each were purchased. Look for future reports on our selections.
The Southern Latitudes Wines Shop is at 235 Crossroads Blvd Carmel, CA, 93923

Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am - 6 pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For you Aussies that want to send your American mates an Aussie wine gift this is the place to use. You order online and it shows up to their house. Brilliant! They do the same for the Kiwi's as well.

All in all a great place to get some good Southern Hemisphere wine at good prices from the Southern Latitudes!

Happy Tasting Adventures,


Kiwi & Koala

Just some of the great **** selections and there are a also ***, ** and * selections as well.

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