On May 7, 2016 the Winemakers’ Celebration will be raising a glass or two in Carmel-by-the-Sea.  You’ll be able to celebrate “the wines and winemakers of Monterey County’s world class growing region” from 1-5 p.m during the 24th annual edition of this popular event. It sold out last year, so here are a few more details to help you quickly decide whether you’re going.

On the day of, Dolores Street between Ocean and 7th will be transformed into a village reminiscent of a European “street festival”. Over 100 different and delicious wines will be available for the tasting, including wines from:

  • Blair Estate. “Just the right conditions” need to be in place for a fine Pinot Noir, and Blair, located in the Arroyo Seco district, meets those conditions.
  • Manzoni Vineyards. Found in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, this hands-on operation grows the grapes for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Syrah wines.
  • Windy Oaks Estate. Premium wines, grown in “unique terroirs in Monterey and the Santa Cruz Mountains.” Offering Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc.

In addition to the three wineries mentioned above, another 20 will be in attendance. Quite a few vendors will be there as well. Last year’s list included Basil Seasonal Dining, La Playa Carmel, and Marich Premium Chocolates. Visit this Monterey Wines Web page for information and/or to purchase tickets for this year’s event. Prices are $75 for regular admission, or $125 for VIP admission. Check out the add-ons, such as a sommelier led tour or a designated driver for $35.  You can also phone (831) 375-9400 for information.

One of the great perks in attending this special annual Carmel festival is that you can ask questions of the winemakers themselves while sipping your favorite varietal.

This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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