The quaint coastal European-style enclave of Carmel-by-the-Sea has everything you need within walking distance — most notably, its seven wine tasting rooms. Within one square mile, visitors can stroll along cobblestone sidewalks and down hidden pathways on their way to discovering a wide variety of boutiques, gourmet restaurants, world-class art galleries, spas, charming inns and beautiful parks and courtyards — all while enjoying the region’s best local wines and spirits.
The Carmel Wine Walk By-the-Sea is offering a superior tasting experience at each of its seven local wineries along Ocean Avenue. The self-guided tour offers guests the opportunity to purchase a Wine Tasting Passport for $70, providing them with one $10 flight at each tasting room. Here’s what to expect at each:
Caraccioli Cellars utilizes top-tier grapes from the Santa Lucia Highlands to craft its sparkling and still wines. It’s family-run and looks to highlight the quality of its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes through still and sparkling varietals.
Figge Cellars specializes in vineyard-designated, small-lot production wines, where the care and passion devoted to each grape can be tasted in every sip.
Galante Vineyards has a reputation for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc in Monterey County.
Manzoni Cellars is known as “The Heart of the Highlands” and offers limited-production Santa Lucia Highlands wines from its home estate and neighboring growers.
Scheid Vineyards offers a widevariety of styles from bright, tropical Chardonnays to velvety Pinot Noirs — each wine is handcrafted to showcase each grape’s varietal character.
Vino Napoli is an Italian-themed wine bar, shop and tasting room where guests sit together and converse over light appetizers and wine as if they were in Italy.
Wrath Wines produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from their sustainable estate vineyard and selected properties in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
For more information visit www.carmelcalifornia.com.
—Celeste White, Brand Publishing WriterCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times