Every year, on February 18th, wine lovers across the nation celebrate the social media buzz worthy holiday referred to as #NationalDrinkWineDay which also happens to be, unofficially anyway, everyday in the village of Carmel-By-The-Sea.
Carmel Plaza is fortunate to be home to the tasting rooms of three wonderful local wineries, Blair Estates, Hahn Family Wines and Wrath Winery. Although all three are Monterey County wines and offer a pinot noir and chardonnay to write home about they possess very distinctive characteristics from one another.
From the diverse palates and aromas of the wines to the different ambiances in which to enjoy them in, each tasting room offers its guest a unique experience… both locals and visitors will enjoy.
Below is a little more about each tasting room.
Wrath produces site-driven Pinor Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc from its estate vineyard and respected properties in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Its production is small, its distribution is limited and its wines reveal a passion and an inherent respect for what a vineyard can give us. Wrath’s viticulture and wine-making methods are designed to showcase the topography, geology and climate of a finite, naturally redefined piece of land. While all of Wrath wines posses accurate varietal characteristics, their real strength is their ability to deliver the unique aromatics, flavors and textures of a specific terrain.
Producer of award-winning handcrafted wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County for more than 30 years. Focusing on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Rhone varietals to pair with amazing foods. Today, Hahn Family Wines owns one of the largest shares of planted vines in the region, equaling more than 650 SLH vineyard acres that range in elevation from 200 to 1,200 feet. The vineyards offer a diverse selection of terroir for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other grape varieties. The brands of Hahn Family Wines include Hahn SLH, Hahn, Lucienne, Smith & Hook and Boneshaker.
Hahn Family Wines is currently offering a special Valentine’s Day – Presidents’ Day tasting, Love at First Flight; CLICK HERE for details.
Blair is a small Artisan Winery situated in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County California. They operate as a tribute to their Grandmother, Delfina Robasciotti Sciaroni, who immigrated to this special place in 1923. She was 18 years old and following a dream when she left her home in Switzerland and traveled to France to board a ship and cross the Atlantic to Ellis Island, unsure of what lay ahead. She left Ellis Island and arrived in what later would become her home for 72 years. She would give us, her Grandchildren, a passion for great food and fine wine as she told us to always follow our dreams, regardless of how big they might be. 5 generations later we are following those dreams and producing great traditional Burgundian Style Pinot Noir from our own vineyards.
Visit any, or all three, of the Carmel Plaza wine tasting rooms on plaza level. We hope to see you at Carmel Plaza soon.