Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Tasting Rooms on the Carmel Wine Walk

Carmel Wine Walk

The 14 tasting rooms that are part of the Carmel Wine Walk are:


1. Caraccioli Cellars

2. Figge Vineyards

3. Galante Vineyards

4. Vino Napoli

5. Silvestri Vineyards

6. Dawn’s Dream

7. Scheid Vineyards

Manzoni Cellars

8. Blair Estate

9. Shale Canyon Wines

10. Manzoni Cellars

11. Wrath Wines

12. DeTierra Vineyards

13. Windy Oaks

14. Alexander Smith

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The tasting notes say it all! “A luxuriously silky-smooth mouthfeel is the crowning glory of this sparkling wine masterclass” Caraccioli Cellars 2006 Brut Rosé has been crowned the Best USA Rosé in the 2014 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.

Of the 650 entries, gold medal wines competed for trophies where the Caraccioli Cellars 2006 Brut Rosé was awarded the Best USA Rosé World Champion Winner. Previous gold medal winner Caraccioli Cellars 2007 Brut Rosé was also in the running for this prestigious award.

A panel that specializes in champagne and sparkling wine judged this wine competition that is the only global competition in which every judge agrees on all the medals awarded.

The tasting notes of the Caraccioli Cellars 2006 Brut Rosé stated, “Such an elegant, pale peach rosé, with refined aromas of apricot-tart, vanilla and fleeting notes of charred oak, all of which are beautifully mirrored on the palate, where we also find the developed, yet deliciously fresh, yeast-complexed red fruits, lovely acidity and a nigh on perfect mousse. The result in an impressive linear persistency without much weight at all. A luxuriously silky-smooth mouthfeel is the crowning glory of this sparkling wine masterclass.” (Tasting notes: 2014 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.)

“Being awarded the Best Rosé in the United States is a huge honor. We were excited to bring home the gold medals during the initial process,” states Scott Caraccioli, VP of Marketing, “but now we are ecstatic to have these top tier judges be so pleased with our vintages.”

Founded in 2006, Caraccioli Cellars aims to deliver the highest quality wines through top-tier grapes from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Striving to highlight the quality of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes by developing fruit centric old world style still and sparkle varietals. To taste the Brut Cuvée Brut Rosé as well as the still wines, visit the Caraccioli Cellars tasting room on Dolores between Ocean and Seventh in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.


From Vine to Wine: De Tierra Vineyards Practices French Method of Winemaking

With summer waning and fall approaching quickly the long road to the annual grape harvest has come to fruition, literally. De Tierra Vineyards begins harvest this week and in the true Burgundian style of wine growing, every member of the De Tierra team will have their hand on the grapes before they become wine.

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De Tierra punch downs

De Tierra punch downs

“At De Tierra we believe in the Chateau winemaking style” states Anna Russell, General Manager of De Tierra Vineyards, “which focuses more on the estate element and family involvement; every employee from the sales staff to the tasting room team will spend full days in the vineyard. They will help with all aspects of the process including harvest, production, crush, de-stemming, punch downs, labeling, bottling and all points in between.”

At De Tierra they hand-harvest each vineyard. Many times harvesting the same vineyard multiple times in order to ensure each row is harvested at the optimal level of ripeness. With approximately 11 Estate acres, the expected estate tonnage is 40 tons which translates to about 3000 cases of wine in 2014.

This year’s crop will be harvested and bottled and the whites will be available for tasting in 2015-2016 and the reds 2016-2017. The 2011/2012 whites and the 2009/2010 reds are currently being poured in the tasting room or available to purchase online at