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Spring/Summer 2014



Tasting Room & Gallery Dolores between Ocean and 7 th, Carmel


Publisher’s Note

Believe it or not, you are – at this very moment– smackdab in the middle of one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations on the planet. So says Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This, of course, is not to say that there aren’t other places near and far where they know how to squeeze a grape. No, the distinction Wine Enthusiast is making is that there are a select few places on the globe that not only produce world-class wines, but also possess other unique attributes that make a place worth visiting. The Monterey Wine Region includes many notable destinations – the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row & Fisherman’s Wharf, the Pebble Beach Golf Links & 17-mile drive, and the grandeur of Big Sur. That’s not to mention, of course, the world-renown art galleries, the bistros and boutiques, and the increasing number of wine tasting rooms of Carmel-by-the-Sea. And, no trip to the Monterey Peninsula would be complete without the lovely 20 minute drive along the Carmel River to sunny Carmel Valley Village, which not only offers an escape from coastal fog, but its own bucolic blend of fine dining, art & fashion and, at last count, more than 19 local wine tasting rooms! So, if you appreciate great wine and more, you’re in the right place! Thank you for letting Carmel Wine Guide show you the way. (And if fine art is also on your must-see list, just flip the Carmel Wine Guide over…) Salud! Duncan Murray, Co-Publisher Go to the following link to view a digital online version of the Carmel Wine Guide: Find us and like us at Facebook!






G U I D E Page 1 .....................Publisher’s Note 4 & 5........... Wine Tasting Locator Map 6 & 7.................... Aroma Wine Wheel 8 & 9...................Grasing’s WineSpeak 10 -11 .................. Food-Wine Pairings 12 ............The Vine: A Year at a Glance 14 ..............Welcome to Carmel Valley 15 ....... Carmel Valley Wine Experience

The Carmel Wine Guide is published biannually. Copyright 2014 Carmel Wine Guide. All rights reserved. For information, please contact us at: or 831-644-6087 Prepress: CP2 To see the digital online version of the Carmel Wine Guide go to: Find us and like us at Facebook!

On the Cover: Trio Carmel Trio Carmel offers a unique artisan experience for lovers of art, wine and olive oil. In a beautiful contemporary art gallery setting, Trio Carmel offers daily wine tasting for three local wineries: Pelerin Wines, Ian Brand & Family Winery, and Mesa Del Sol Vineyards.


WINE TASTING Downtown Carmel Wine Tasting 1. Blair Estate/ Shale Canyon Wines

9. Otter Cove Wines 10. Puma Road

2. Bountiful Basket

11. Scheid Vineyards

3. Caraccioli Cellars

12. Silvestri Vineyards

4. Dawn’s Dream Winery

13. Trio Carmel

5. De Tierra Vineyards

14. Tudor Wines

6. Figge Cellars

15. Vino Napoli

7. Galante Vineyards

16. Wrath Wines

8. Manzoni Cellars

17. Wyland Wine Tasting

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Carmel Valley Village Wineries and Tasting Rooms

Ford Rd.

3. Chateau Sinnet 4. Chesebro Wines 5. Chock Rock Vineyards


Pilot Rd. 19







Village Dr.




6. Cima Collina 7 17

14. Coast View Vineyards 7. Cowgirl Winery 8. Georis Winery 9. Heller Estate Organic Vineyards 10. Holman Ranch Vineyards


Chambers Ln. El Caminito 18

2. Boekenoogen Winery


12. Joullian Vineyards 13. Joyce Vineyards 11. Marilyn Remark Winery

Paso Hondo

15. Mercy Vineyards 6

16. Parsonage Village Vineyards & Gallery


17. Robert Talbott Vineyards

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Via Contenta

18. Rombi Vineyard 19. Twisted Roots



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Grasing’s is located on the Northwest Corner of Sixth and Mission Streets in Carmel. Lunch from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday Dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 pm seven days a week including holidays. Be sure not to miss Grasing’s Brunch or Lunch on Weekends from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm! Chef Kurt Grasing


Trends Greetings and Welcome to Carmel! As we enter our 17th year of operation here at Grasing’s Restaurant, we are reminded of just how much has changed over the years, especially concerning wine. Like so many things in our culture, wine is also subject to various trends. Back in September of 1997 when we first opened Grasing’s Restaurant, White Zinfandel and Merlot were very popular, along with big-style Chardonnay, often referred to as “Butter Balls” and “Oak Bombs” due to their sometimes overwhelming bent towards butter and oak. Thankfully, this style of Chardonnay has for the most part been replaced by a leaner, more sophisticated, fruit-driven style. The sweet White Zinfandels of the past have given way to Provencestyle Rosé wines that are more balanced and compliment food flavors better than ever. Our own local Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Appellation has grown to become one of the premier wine growing regions of California and is also considered one of the best in the United States. The great Pinot Noir and Syrah wines produced here have even come to overshadow the old-style Merlots–and rightfully so, at least in our opinion! Trends in Food and Wine pairings have also evolved over the years. The old-school discipline of white wine with fish and red wine with meat is constantly being challenged with new flavors and inventive culinary pairings. Locally, we have a beautiful example of the Provence-Style Rosé with the Chalone Vineyards Grenache Rosé, which pairs nicely with Warm Goat Cheese or a Fresh Salmon Salad. Steamed Mussels and Clams with the Silvestri Pinot Blanc from Carmel Valley is great marriage, and the wonderfully fruit-forward Pinot Noirs from The Santa Lucia Highlands pair beautifully with Fresh Grilled Salmon or our Fresh Local California Sea Bass and freshly foraged local wild mushrooms. Of course, there is still room for the old standard of Prime Beef paired with mature California Cabernet Sauvignon–which we still serve proudly here at Grasing’s Carmel Restaurant, by the way. So again, Welcome to Carmel! I invite you to sample our World Class local wines at any of our many tasting rooms, and don’t forget to join us at Grasing’s Restaurant for excellent local cuisine, fine wines and exemplary friendly service! Cheers and Bon Appetite,

Kurt Grasing


Food Wine Pairing

Pairing food and wine is one of life’s great pleasures. The perfect combination of food and wine approaches the sublime, elevating an ordinary meal to an extraordinary one. Knowing some basics about how to pair foods to wines can help enhance your enjoyment of both.

Food and Wine Pairing Basics

There are some basic rules to successfully matching food and wine. The first and most important rule is this: always drink what you love. Another tip suggests you do not allow the wine to overwhelm the flavors of the food nor do you allow the food to take over the subtle flavor nuances of the wine. Here are some very basic guidelines to pairing your food perfectly with wine:

Matching Weights

This sounds complicated, but it’s really very simple. When pairing up food and wine, start by matching the weight of the wine to the weight of the food. Heavier wines like Cabernet and Bordeaux should be paired with heavier (heartier) dishes. Light wines like Pinot Grigio and Riesling should be matched with lighter fare.

Matching Textures

Sweet and spicy dishes accentuate the acidity, astringency and tannic qualities, often referred to as texture of any given wine. Foods high in acids or salt content, tend to dull the textures of wine, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What you’re looking for when pairing food and wine is a delicate balance between the flavors of the wine and the flavors of the food. When matching textures of food with wine, think about what you want the wine to do to the food and vice versa. For example, if you want to bring out the tannins in a Cabernet Sauvignon, serve it with a sweeter or spicier dish. If you think the tannins in the Cab you plan on serving are too “big,” cut them down a bit by serving it with a dish that is a bit salty and bitter. Comments by Sue Lynn Carty


Easy Food Wine Pairing Chart

The following food wine pairing charts are by no means comprehensive, there are just so many great pairings! Think of them more as a jumping off point to help you plan your wine and food menu for your next get together.

The Reds

Consider the following match ups for red wines: Red Wines Red Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Zinfandel Pinot Noir Syrah

Appetizers Carpacio, pungent (stinky) cheeses Antipasto, aged cheeses

Main Course Dessert Beef, duck, lamb, lentils Dark and bittersweet chocolate Veal, sausage, salmon, Raspberry, cherry tuna, eggplant or other dark berry desserts Seared Ahi tuna, Barbeque, tomato Dark berry desserts, spicy chicken or sauce, spicy sausage, carrot cake beef satay duck and beef Creamy cheeses, Veal, chicken, turkey, Berry tart, flourless pâte’s, roasted lean cuts of beef, lamb chocolate cake, vegetables crème brulee Bruschetta, Ham, lamb, pasta with Cherry pie, stuffed mushrooms, tomato sauce, pizza, chocolate mousse tampenade barbeque

The Whites

Here are some pairing suggestions for white wines: White Wines White Varietal Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Grigio Riesling

Appetizers Scallops, crudite, hummus, mild cheeses Oysters, crab cakes, wild mushroom and goat cheese bruschetta Ceviche, ahi tuna tartare, antipasto Roasted chicken, grilled pork, baked ham

Main Course Chicken, cream based sauces, pork and seafood Sea bass, lobster, langoustines, chicken, shrimp

Dessert Cheesecake, poached light fruit Sorbet, key lime pie, lemon meringue pie

Risotto, grilled chicken, Petit fours, lobster, white sauces, apple tart crab Light cakes, cream based pie, baked apples

Drink the Wine You Love

The old fashioned rule of red wine with red meat and white wine with white meat is so restrictive and there is really no reason to follow it. The whole idea of pairing wine with food is for the two to complement one another. If you want to drink your bottle of Château Julien Private Reserve Merlot with a grilled burger, then do it. Try a bottle of Talbott Chard with Pad Thai. Great wine always complements great food, so don’t be afraid to throw all the guidelines out the window and experiment with what wine and food you think pair well together. As always, you will never go wrong by drinking the wine you love. If you love it, it’s more than likely that your guests will love it as well.





When temperatures rise to 50˚F in early spring (February), sap begins to concentrate where the canes were pruned. This leaking sap, called weeping, is the initial indication that the wine is waking up from its dormant winter sleep.


Twenty to thirty days following the initial weeping (March-April), small buds on the vine start to expand and open. This is referred to as the bud break. This is usually a jubilant time but can, often, be a stressful time, as well, for winemakers. A late spring frost can be disastrous – destroying the tender young buds and any hope for a harvest in a single day.

EARLY GRAPE GROWTH develop on the vine.

During mid-April, shoots, leaves and tiny green clusters start to


As the vine continues to grow and after about eight weeks after bud break, the green clusters develop into flowers – which, after blooming, mature into grapes. The actual flowers last only about ten days during the entire annual cycle of the vine – and, during flowering, the vine is at its most sensitive time during its annual life cycle. Like during the bud break, weather can have an incredible adverse impact on the delicate flowers and the promise for a quality high-yield harvest.


From June to July, each flower develops into a grape. Usually, this is when weeding, spraying for pests and diseases, and summer pruning happens, as the grape continues to mature.


In August, the grapes finally swell in size and change color from green to yellow (if the grapes are grown for white wine) and black (if the grapes are grown for red wine). This maturing process is referred to as veraison. During veraison, the winemaker often directs pruning of the leaves around the grapes so as to increase the air circulation which helps prevent or reduce rot. Prior to veraison, the grapes are considered immature and taste sour. As veraison begins, sugars in the grape start to increase significantly.


Typically, harvest occurs around one hundred days following the flowering phase (late August to October). Each winemaker makes his decision to harvest based on the sugar and acid levels of grape samples, along with the tannin maturity. White grapes are typically harvested prior to red wine grapes so as to help retain higher acidity in the white wines. Harvesting by hand is considered superior to machine harvesting because it is more gentle and accurate. Obviously, due to the time intensity of manually harvesting the grapes, hand-picked grapes are, ultimately, more expensive.


Following the harvest, leaves on the vines fall off. That is when the vine is pruned. Pruning helps protect the vine from the cold winter temperatures and helps save energy during the dormant phase of the annual cycle. Pruning is a very important phase in the annual life cycle of the vine – as it helps determine how the vine will come back to life in springtime.



Welcome to the warmth and wonder of the Carmel Valley. In Monterey County, California, situated between its neighbor Carmel and the rugged peaks and valleys of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Carmel Valley offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From the gently rolling hills and majestic groves of oak to the colorful palate of wildflowers and tumbling water of the Carmel River, life in the Valley evolves at its own pace captivating visitors and locals alike. From the mouth of the Carmel River up into and past rustic towns, the sun-drenched Valley is a bucolic setting that plays host to world-class amenities and lifestyle activities. Dotted with hiking trails, orchards, pastures and farms the Valley also provides home to acclaimed golf courses, renowned hotel and spa properties, unique boutiques and galleries, amazing restaurants as well as a burgeoning wine scene. With a long legacy and history of producing wine, the Valley now hosts over 20 tasting rooms, with wines coming from the Carmel Valley, greater Monterey County and beyond. The Carmel Valley Wine Experience exists to showcase the Carmel Valley as a unique travel getaway and to highlight many of the wineries and wine tasting rooms that call the serene Valley home. In addition, it is the Carmel Valley Wine Experience’s ambition to provide a venue for locals and visitors to find event information, and updates of regional happenings via social media, and local contacts through its partner the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce.


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