Aug 11, 2014

New Tasting Rooms in Carmel by the Sea

Oh Carmel by the Sea, what an enchanting place it is. Made even more so we believe by the number of wonderful tasting rooms at which you can sample a fantastic cross section of Monterey Wines. When in the lovely town of Carmel by the Sea there is this great wine tasting package called the Carmel Wine Walk by the Sea with 12 wineries for your selection (see previous article), but wait, there are now two more joining the group.

The Alexander Smith Tasting Room and Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards and Winery. Having recently attended the grand opening of Alexander Smith and also just this last weekend the Windy Oaks Grand opening we can say that they are going to fit right in with great wines nice spaces.

The Alexander Smith tasting room is located in the Court of the Golden Bough, on Ocean between Lincoln and Monte Verde Street and is a bit hidden away in the back but be persistent and you will find yourself enjoying a lovely Riesling, Chardonnay and killer Pinot Noirs. The new (previously Paraiso) Alexander Smith Label is the families way of returning to making hand crafted small batch wines that reflect the family vineyards. They have succeeded in a big way. The wines are all very good and will gather a loyal following. You can also get a taste of these wines at their River Road Tasting room at the winery that boasts some of the best views of the Salinas Valley and the Gabilan Mountains.
This new tasting room in Carmel will become one of the top places to stop for a tipple or two with it's cool classy comfortable atmosphere and the good wines will have you returning with every visit.

One afternoon while visiting another of the Carmel Wine Walk Tasting rooms we saw a flyer announcing the newest tasting room open in Carmel. Never shying from the hard work we took off over to check em out.
The Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards and Winery tasting room in Carmel is located in Su Vecino Court, on Dolores between 5th & 6th. Also a little hard to find but well worth the effort. Head on back into the courtyard and about 40 paces in you will find them on the right just as you go under the two story building. With vineyards in the Santa Cruz mountains and grape sourcing arrangements in Monterey including the Santa Lucia Highlands they have a lovely selection of wines to taste.

Starting with a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and on to an array of lovely Pinot Noirs that show the diversity of the vineyards and terrior. They also have a great little GSM for everyday drinking.

With these two great additions to the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea Wine Tasting Passport, that for $65 entitles the buyer to one $10 flight at any nine of the twelve fourteen tasting rooms who are part of this experience (a $90 value).
Just another two reasons to visit this wonderful sea side hamlet.


Kiwi & Koala

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