You may not think winter is the best time to go wine tasting. But that’s exactly why it’s one of the best times to go. In the next installment of Kushman by the Bottle, Capital Public Radio’s resident wine expert Rick Kushman joins us with some tips for wine tasting in the off season.
The town of Carmel now has 14 tasting rooms. For my Rick’s Picks this month, here are my favorite tasting rooms in Carmel.
Caraccioli Cellars focuses on sparkling wines, and they all rock. Their Pinot Noir is terrific, too and they stay open until 8 many nights, so it really functions as a wine bar with snacks. www.caracciolicellars.com
Galante Vineyards is the first to open in town a decade ago. Very loose and low key, everything is related to their Carmel Valley horse and ranching roots.www.galantevineyards.com
Manzoni Cellars will remind you of some of the small foothill wineries because they are so earnest, plus pretty good. They have a great Pinot Gris.www.manzoniwines.com
Scheid Vinyards has maybe the most polished tasting room in town, but as equally friendly as the rest. Interesting range of wines, and they have one of my favorite whites in the region, the Grenache Blanc www.scheidwines.com
Silvestri Vineyards are really respected Pinot Noir producers. They’re in a cool, modern tasting room on the street that just seems like an easy place to walk into.www.silvestrivineyards.com
Vino Napoli. This is more wine bar than tasting room, but they have a big range of local wines you can taste in flights with or without food. And it’s next door to one of my favorite restaurants there, Little Napoli. (It’s Italian food, and they are, indeed, the same owners.) www.vinonapoli.com