Monterey, CA. — Portola Hotel & Spa, the elegant Four-Diamond hotel situated along Central California’s Monterey Bay, is pleased to announce that the next phase of the property’s multimillion-dollar renovation is underway, with special emphasis on the guest rooms.
The new renovations include a complete remodel of the famed Central Coast hotel’s 379 guest rooms. With interdisciplinary design and consulting company RoseBernard Studio leading the interior design, the newly reimagined guest rooms honor the coastal city’s history, while simultaneously elevating the property to meet the needs and expectations of todays’ sophisticated travelers.
The guest rooms will thoughtfully recall the Hispanic roots of Monterey, incorporating the palettes, architectural traditions and clothing patterns of The Californios, the region’s earliest settlers, allowing guests to feel immersed in the past while still experiencing every modern necessity in the luxuriously reimagined rooms. Special touches include lighting that washes a colorful artistically designed wall covering above the bed to create a soothing experience in the evening hours. Thoughtfully placed multi-use plugs are set in convenient locations so guests can freely move around the room with their favorite devices.
The Portola’s public spaces are also being updated, from the carpet and wall coverings in the meeting rooms to the replacement of the furniture in the elevator landings, which will mirror the recently completed lobby’s relaxing design scheme. That design fuses inspiration from the coastal living of Monterey and the area’s historic tapestry, creating a blended space of iconic history and modern elements.
The hotel plans to roll out the 11.2 million dollar renovations to all of the guest rooms, meeting rooms and elevator landings between now and the end of Spring of 2020. “The ongoing and future property renovations are part of our commitment to our guests, to offer an exceptional stay in one of the most beautiful coastal destinations in California,” General Manager Janine Chicourrat stated.
Additionally, the hotel recently revitalized its outdoor space by adding Jacks Terrace, a new outdoor event space and pet-friendly terrace that invites travelers near and far to soak in the scenery. Outfitted with custom fire pits and a variety of seating options, the new terrace features four living walls, with three of the living walls alternating with bays of teak slat walls, designed to soften the property’s hard stucco exterior. The northeast sprouting wall, in particular, rises 16 feet into the sky and spans 10 feet wide incorporating live plants and herbs that not only beautify the space, but also have a practical use by being included in a variety of seasonal dishes offered in the various restaurant’s menus. The terrace is made complete by a custom iron trellis to differentiate the private dining space. The new outdoor dining patio offers a base for colorful drapery, heating and lighting to service large parties.
Jacks Terrace is serving up rich flavor profiles and sustainably conscious ingredients blended by Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese, and his culinary team. Jacks Terrace has become a destination all its own, allowing visitors to unplug and unwind against Portola’s picturesque backdrop while enjoying Monterey’s coastal breeze. The outdoor terrace is located just steps through the Jacks Monterey restaurant and hotel lobby exterior doors. An oasis draped in twinkling string lights, the new space extends outdoors from the renovated indoor coastal eatery and lobby, which recently earned the top award for Interior Design: Restaurant/Hospitality at the San Francisco Design Week Awards.
These renovations come after the completion of a 1.2 million dollar on premise Peet’s Coffee®, a full-service coffee bar enjoyed by both hotel guests and city passersby that offers beverages made from freshly roasted and selectively sourced beans. The Portola Hotel & Spa team operates Peet’s Coffee® and offers unique grab and go items created by the hotels talented culinary team, in addition to the incredible seasonal coffees created by the highly touted Peet’s Coffee® family.
Renovations are expected to be completed by the Spring of 2020. For more information about the Portola Hotel & Spa, please visit www.portolahotel.com.
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|Monterey, CA — The holiday season has never looked brighter! Portola Hotel & Spa, the elegant Four-Diamond hotel situated along Central California’s Monterey Bay, is hosting magical events for the whole family to celebrate the holiday season including a throwback to the 80’s with a righteous New Year’s Eve event.Portola Hotel & Spa invites families to celebrate the holiday magic of Monterey and take part in the second annual Winter Wonderland from December 13-25, 2019. Portola’s Winter Wonderland will offer a variety of entertainment, activities, dining experiences and more. In the spirit of holiday giving, the hotel has partnered with The Salvation Army and will provide barrels for food donations in the lobby. In addition, complimentary champagne and themed treats inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas will be served in the lobby from 4:30pm to 6pm, courtesy of Portola’s Culinary Team! With caroling from children’s choirs, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating and face painting, these are just a few of the back-to-back festivities the hotel has in store.
Although winter in California might be full of sunshine and sandy beaches, winter is still in full swing all around the property, from classic winter activities to cozy culinary experiences. From November 23 through January 5, 2020, visitors can lace up their skates at the Custom House Plaza adjacent to the Portola Hotel for Ice Skating by the Bay! Back for another year of ice skating under the Monterey sun, this is a winter activity the whole family can enjoy. Sip your favorite holiday beverage and savor in the seasonal menu selections from Jacks Monterey, located inside the Portola Hotel. Jacks is the perfect place to cozy up with your loved ones on the newly renovated terrace among a blazing outdoor fire pit. At Monterey’s first craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub, pick up the coveted Annual Ugly Sweater and warm your soul with handcrafted seasonal ales and locally sourced eats.
To ring in the new year, Portola Hotel & Spa is hosting a Totally 80s New Year’s Eve Party! Festivities start at 7pm on December 31, 2019 for 21+ and older. Enjoy live music, a buffet dinner and an open bar for a righteous time in downtown Monterey. Arrive in new wave style – loud colors, statement makeup and excessive hair gel are welcome. Dance to live music from The Money Band in the grand ballroom and countdown to 2020 with a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Guests can even capture their evening at The Vintage PhotoBox photobooth.
To round out the night, guests can stay in a well-appointed guest room at Portola Hotel & Spa for ultimate relaxation after dancing the night away. The New Year’s Eve Party Overnight Package is now available and includes admission for two for the 80s themed-party. Tickets are available for pre-sale at $160 per person until November 30, 2019 and will be available for purchase until December 31, 2019 for $175 per person. Tickets are $160 per military personnel with valid ID.
Totally 80s New Years Eve will be an unforgettable night of revelry. For overnight accommodations or for more information, visit portolahotel.com.
About Portola Hotel & Spa
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NEVADA CITY, Calif. (PRWEB) – Grass Valley-based boutique winery, Clavey Vineyards & Winery, has won top placements from three prestigious establishments: Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Sunset International Wine Competition, and Monterey International Wine Competition.
Wine Enthusiast (will appear in late summer issues)
- 2015 Syrah – 90 pts
- 2015 Sangiovese – 91 pts
- 2016 Rose – 89 pts
- 2015 Class III – 86 pts
Sunset International Wine Competition
- 2016 Sangiovese – Gold Award
- 2016 Syrah – Bronze Award
Monterey International Wine Competition
- 2015 Sangiovese – 92 pts
- 2015 Class III – 90 pts
This brings us to 13 awards to date for 2019, including recognition from the esteemed San Francisco Chronicles, West Coast Wine Competition, and the Jefferson Cup Invitational among others.
“My wife Summer and I are excited to bring our boutique winery on a national stage,” says Executive Winemaker Josh Orman. “We are very proud that our family-owned winery is furthering the Sierra Foothill appellation on the wine map. Our dream is to bring more delicious natural wine options to the public.”
From the Sierra Foothills in Northern California, Clavey Vineyards & Winery specializes in unfiltered and unfined wines that are Certified Vegan. With a growing portfolio of award-winning wines, Clavey’s eco-friendly wines are ideal for environmentally conscious wine consumers and those with dietary restrictions.
These wines are now available in several locations including our Tasting Room in Nevada City, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, and online at http://www.claveywine.com.
For more about Clavey, please visit http://www.claveywine.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Two wineries that generously will be sharing some of their vintages at the non-profit event (created and co-hosted by yours truly) Wine on the Roof 5/16 include Mystic Hills Vineyard and Golden Star Vineyards. While the former takes advantage of the Monterey terroir the latter is in the high desert. And both wines that I have for the tasting today I have had past vintages of, and am fully prepared to love again today:
2015 Mystic Hills Vineyard Grand Trio
Monterey County, bottled in Paso Robles
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot
Color: Dark garnet with a blackberry edge, opaque.
Aroma: Blue and black fruit, black pepper, fig, mushroom, toasted oak, balanced.
Flavor: Round mouthfeel, lingering blackberry, quite a bit of red fruit, slightly peppery, cigar, and nice tannins allowing for a long length, very balanced. I would decant this for just a bit – or swirl away like I did to enjoy all that fruit and spice.
2016 Golden Star Vineyards Purple Haze
California Red Wine, Littlerock.
Zinfandel, Merlot and Malbec
Color: Dark plum stretching out to a darker edge, opaque.
Aroma: Blackberry, red hard candy, port, dried fruit, woody.
Flavor: Also round mouthfeel, dark, cigarette and cigar, big, deep and lingering fruit. No need to decant IMO.
Sound good to you? Then you can do several things: Join us 5/16, contact the wineries to get your own bottles and/or visit them. Lee and Helen Williams of Golden Star Vineyards and the whole Cox family at Mystic Hills Vineyard are all very welcoming people and would, no doubt, love to meet you.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.
MORGAN HILL —The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley are ramping up to compete in multiple competitions after their best year yet.
Santa Clara wineries were recognized for their collection of quality wines in 2018, participating in the SF Chronicle Wine Competition, Orange County’s Commercial Wine Competition, the California State Fair, Tasters Guild, Beverage Tasting Institute, the Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, the Monterey International Wine Competition, the Sunset International Wine Competition and Rose Today’s competition.
The valley walked away from 2018 with more awards to add to its repertoire. The highlights for the year included Alara Cellars, who took home Best of Show, Best White Wine, Best of Class and a Double Gold for their 2017 Grenache Blanc. Sarah’s Vineyard received Top Pinot of 2018 by Wine Spectacular for its Pinot Noir.
Collectively, the wineries racked up 12 Double Gold Medals, 33 Gold Medals, 57 Silver Medals and 44 Bronze Medals.
As for Wine Enthusiast ratings, there were more than 25 entries that scored over 90 points and two entries that scored 95 points or more.
“All 32 wineries, big or small, have proven to other wine regions statewide and internationally that the Santa Clara Valley is one to watch. We saw 2018 finish strong, which sets the bar high for 2019 and with the medals announced for the recent SF Chronicle Wine Competition, 2019 is starting off right.” says Stacy Giannini, Director of Marketing for the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley. “The wineries took home 3 Double Gold Medals, 10 Gold Medals, 47 Silver Medals and 14 Bronze Medals.”
The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley is an association representing member wineries that grow and produce wines in one of the oldest wine producing regions of California.
With the first plantings at the Santa Clara Mission in 1798, the region of Santa Clara Valley represents one of the oldest growing traditions in the country. The Santa Clara Valley is now home to over three dozen wineries, of every size and shape, from long-established family operations to relatively small newcomers. On March 28, 1989, the Santa Clara Valley received AVA status; prior to this the region’s wines were typically labeled ‘Central Coast’ or ‘Santa Clara County’.
MONTEREY COUNTY, CA. — Outdoor adventures. Diverse dining. Rich cultural history. Monterey County is home to all of these unforgettable experiences — and you can discover these in the towns of Marina, Salinas and Seaside along California’s Central Coast. Though these three towns occasionally stand in the shadow of their more popular neighbors like Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur, they’re still can’t-miss hubs for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and history buffs alike. Explore these undiscovered gems for a unique experience you’ll remember for years to come.
Marina: The Height of Beachside Tranquility
Do you enjoy a nice day (… or two or three) on the beach? Then you must visit Marina, located right on the water in Monterey County. Marina State Beach offers plenty of great waves for avid surfers, as well as sand dunes that provide a home for all sorts of exotic birds and animals. The well-marked Dune Nature Trail gives you a full rundown of the creatures located among the dunes, making this a truly unique beach experience.
And after a long day on the beach, Marina offers plenty of intriguing dining options. Head to English Ales Brewery for locally brewed beer paired with a comprehensive menu of pub grub. Or if you’re looking to try one of Monterey County’s newest and most buzzed-about restaurants, Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette offers delicious raw, cured or wood-fired takes on your favorite dishes.
Salinas: A Unique Combination of Culture and Agriculture
Salinas isn’t just the home of Nobel Prize laureate John Steinbeck. It’s also a notable agricultural hub, lovingly called “America’s Salad Bowl” as a nod to the many crops grown in the Salinas Valley. You can learn more about the farming techniques being put to work in Salinas at Ag Venture Tours, which gives you a full sensory experience of the many greens grown in this region. But that’s not the only sensory experience in the area. The River Road Wine Trail offers wine lovers the chance to trek along River Road and visit nearly a dozen award-winning wineries.
After exploring all that grows in Salinas, learn more about the favorite son of Salinas, John Steinbeck, at the National Steinbeck Center. Full of interactive exhibits and fascinating artifacts from his life, this museum gives you a personal, one-of-a-kind look at the life of a great American. Then, if you are hungry for more, stop by The Steinbeck House to see his childhood home and enjoy a delicious lunch. Once you’ve had your fill of all things Steinbeck, get your fill of locally grown cuisine at 201 Main in Oldtown Salinas. With an extensive wine list and an eclectic menu of fresh food, 201 Main has something for everyone.
Seaside: Monterey’s Coastal Neighbor
Located just to the north of Monterey, Seaside is sometimes overlooked by visitors who tend to head toward its more popular neighbor. In Seaside, you can fill your day with a diverse range of outdoor activities and delicious dining options. Seaside is home to Fort Ord National Monument, a beautiful stretch of rolling hills and over 83 miles of trails. It’s a favorite for mountain bikers, but it’s also perfect for a relaxing stroll.
For a full day of outdoor fun, hit the links at Bayonet and Black Horse, two challenging golf courses that offer stunning bay views. Ready for a relaxing meal after a day outdoors? Then get ready for a big authentic Italian meal at Gusto, some of the most delicious Italian food on the peninsula.
While in Seaside, make sure to explore recently revitalized Broadway Avenue. The downtown artery was updated with expanded sidewalks, newly planted trees and designated bike lanes. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the street plays host to a year-round certified farmers market with a bounty of local produce and products.
The fact that Monterey County’s lesser-known towns are so packed with culture and activities proves something the locals know to be true: Monterey County has endless activities to explore and places to discover. It’s a place to go on adventures, enjoy delicious food and learn about California history. Plan your trip and find out more today at SeeMonterey.com.
ABOUT MONTEREY COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) is a 501c6 organization that drives tourism for Monterey County. Tourism is the largest industry on the Monterey Peninsula and the second largest in the County. The MCCVB is a partnership of the hospitality community and local governments that aims to drive business growth through compelling marketing and targeted sales initiatives that maximize the benefits of tourism to our guests, members and the community. Travel spending in Monterey County was $2.85 billion in 2017, representing a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. This $2.85 billion in visitor spending supported 24,990 jobs, contributed $255 million in total taxes and generated $127 million local tax dollars that directly benefited the community.
CAMBRIA, Calif. (PRWEB) – Guests in Cambria love tasting the local wines while eating a fresh, tasty meal-after taking part in the many exciting activities available in the area, it’s easy to work up an appetite. Here are some recommendations for perfect wine and food pairings from local establishments, plus the most memorable local activities to match. Those who love food, wine, and fun should plan a getaway to Cambria to enjoy everything this coastal town has to offer!
Stolo Family Vineyards is one of two estate vineyards in Cambria. Their full-bodied Syrah goes well with any meat dish, but the classic pasta dish called Robin’s Chow, from Robin’s Restaurant, is the ultimate coupling. This sophisticated, romantic pair calls for a stroll through town on the Cambria Historical Walking Tour, admiring the architecture; Robin’s is even on the tour.
With a tasting room modeled after a 1920s speakeasy, Black Hand Cellars features a “Flapper” Pinot Noir that is fruity and aromatic. Visitors can bring a bottle to share with a friend, along with fresh seafood, at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, and head across the street to take a stroll on the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk after their meal.
Cayucos Cellars‘ Vermentino is a crisp, clean white that will balance the flavorful chicken banh mi wrap from Soto’s True Earth Market. It will make the perfect lunch after a morning ride with Cambria Horseback Rides, featuring meandering trails and ocean views from the saddle.
Jody’s Special from JBJ’s Round Up Pizza features Italian sausage, pineapple, onions, jalapeño, and cilantro. The best way to balance the spicy, savory, and sweet flavors of the pizza is with a bottle of Moonstone Cellars‘ Gewürztraminer, a dry white with a citrus tang. This filling meal is sure to warm up adventurers after kayaking in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Just down the road in the tiny town of Harmony, Harmony Cellars serves their Rosato Vivo, which will accompany a delightful cone full of strawberry ice cream from the local Harmony Valley Creamery truck. Visitors will love to attend the glassblowing classes offered at Harmony Glassworks, as well.
Hearst Ranch is home to more than the historic Hearst Castle. After finishing their tour, guests can head down the hill to the Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room for a glass of Zinfandel paired with a juicy Hearst Ranch beef burger from Sebastian’s General Store, to be enjoyed while discussing the lavish luxuries of La Cuesta Encantada.
The slightly sweet, dry Riesling from Cutruzzola Vineyards, the other estate vineyard in Cambria, pairs perfectly with some spicy tacos from Boni’s Tacos, a local favorite eatery and food truck. Visitors can grab a blanket, a bottle, and a to-go box and head for a bench overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fiscalini Ranch, where the waves and ocean breeze will make this an all-time favorite.
Dessert lovers can stop by Twin Coyotes Winery for a glass of Stowaway Captain’s Reserve Dessert Wine, paired with their original, house-made Stowaway brownie, because nothing is better than red wine and chocolate. Twin Coyotes is part of the Shops at the Garden Shed, so guests can explore the shops after they taste.
After a career that included positions as the winemaker for Five Rivers Winery and Jekel Vineyards, Peck was named winemaker for the full portfolio of J. Lohr red wines in 2007. In the decade since, Peck has made some of the most highly rated wines in J. Lohr’s storied four and a half decades, and has earned a reputation as one of the Central Coast’s most respected winemakers. In 2016, Peck was honored as Winemaker of the Year by the San Luis Obispo County wine industry.
“Steve is a gifted winemaker and team leader who makes everyone around him better,” says Meier. “From his involvement in the creation of our Rhône-focused J. Lohr Gesture wines to the debut of our J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Steve’s love of innovation and experimentation, along with his remarkable winemaking skill, have helped to set new benchmarks for quality and creativity at J. Lohr. Steve also understands our commitment to making wines with a deep and authentic sense of place. His collaborative approach with Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines; Brenden Wood, assistant winemaker, red wines; Karl Antink, production winemaker and our vineyard team is something that you can taste in every J. Lohr wine.”
Meier, named J. Lohr’s winemaker in 1995, has played an instrumental role in establishing J. Lohr as one of North America’s most successful wineries, and has helped to introduce a global audience to the wines of Paso Robles and Monterey. In his continuing role as president and COO, Meier oversees marketing, operations and production for J. Lohr.
“As a leader who believes in cultivating talent, I know that Jeff is proud to pass the winemaking baton to Steve,” says J. Lohr Founder and Chairman Jerry Lohr. “Over the past 34 years, Jeff’s contributions to our success have been innumerable. He is a master of his craft, who helped to shape our reputation for quality while creating iconic wines that have brought global attention to the Central Coast. We are a winery that values our employees—they are our extended family and our greatest strength. Jeff has built a world-class winemaking team with a culture of trust, respect and excellence that will ensure that our future is as dynamic and successful as our past.”
About J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Founded more than four decades ago by Jerry Lohr and still family owned and operated today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts a full line of internationally recognized wines from 4,000 acres of sustainably certified estate vineyards in Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations, Paso Robles, and St. Helena in the Napa Valley. Offering an expressive range of styles, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines produces five tiers of award-winning releases showcasing its estate fruit: J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Gesture, and J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. The J. Lohr Wine Centers in Paso Robles and San Jose welcome visitors daily, and the company’s online home is JLohr.com.
NAPA, Calif. (PRWEB) – ZD Wines has announced that the 2018 harvest will mark 50 years of winemaking for this Napa Valley family. Founded in 1969 by Norman and Rosa Lee deLeuze, ZD Wines is committed to producing world-class wines, farming organically and providing first-class hospitality, all while supporting many charitable efforts.
Today, the second and third generations of the deLeuze family carry on the family legacy, producing wines from their certified organic vineyards in Rutherford and Carneros, as well as organic vineyards in Napa, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Sonoma. With innovative winemaking practices, they produce wines of quality, consistency and style.
“Our parents, Norman and Rosa Lee deLeuze, were dedicated to producing the highest quality wines and strived to raise the bar of excellence across the board,” said their son, Brett deLeuze, President of ZD Wines. “As we head into our 50th harvest, we are honored to carry on their vision and winemaking traditions.”
ZD Wines is known for three core varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce two small production whimsical wines, named “Rosa Lee” and this fall they will release their first-ever sparkling wine to commemorate their 50-year anniversary. This fall ZD will also release their 20th Bottling of Abacus, ZD’s pinnacle and innovative solera style wine that is a blend of every vintage of their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon dating back to 1992.
The deLeuze family has a rich history of embracing an ecologically sensitive approach to all aspects of their operation. With a focus on producing world-class wines, ZD’s certified organic vineyards promote biodiversity using the best technologies of the day, as well as time honored farming methods. The winery and vineyards use solar energy, bio fuels, composting, cover cropping, recycling, water conservation, electric vehicles, and more, to conserve and enhance our planet. ZD Wines is certified by CCOF, Fish Friendly Farming, Napa Green Winery, and California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing.
“Our father believed that great wines are made from healthy vines grown in rich, living soils,” said Robert deLeuze, CEO of ZD Wines. “We are dedicated to taking care of our planet and our community. It’s at the core of who we are as a family and who we are as a business.”
The deLeuze family is also dedicated to giving back. Their annual fundraising events include Crush Challenge and ZD’s Summer Wine Celebration. A strong emphasis is placed on the Napa Valley Boys & Girls Club Teen Center as the beneficiary of these events, as well as The deLeuze Family Charitable Foundation that benefits research to find a non-toxic cure for Lymphoma (Founder, Norman deLeuze succumbed to this disease in 2007). Each week, the deLeuze family and ZD team deliver healthy snacks to the Napa Valley Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. The deLeuze family also provides an annual $500 grant to each employee to gift to local charities of their choosing, and each year they participate in charity events around the country.
To mark their 50th anniversary, ZD Wines is hosting two Napa Valley events on Saturday, September 8. The first event is an exclusive wine tasting and harvest lunch hosted at ZD’s Rutherford estate winery. That event will be followed that evening with the “ZD’s 50th Anniversary Bash” taking place at CIA at Copia in downtown Napa where ZD will host a silent auction for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa. More information can be found here.
About ZD Wines
ZD Wines is owned and operated by the deLeuze family who is dedicated to producing world-class wines, farming organically and giving back to the community. The winery is located in the Rutherford region of the Napa Valley. Their hospitality center offers sweeping valley views of premium Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards and the Mayacamas mountain range to the west. The deLeuze family produces wines from their certified organic Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford and Carneros, as well as organic vineyards in Napa, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Sonoma. With innovative winemaking practices, they produce wines of quality, consistency and style. ZD Wines is currently celebrating 50 years of winemaking and can be found online at ZDWines.com and @ZDWines on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
I did the Carmel-by-the-Sea Wine Walk three years ago. At that time I stayed in nearby Monterey. What a difference not driving makes! Free to finish a taste and not pour out everything, I still split my tasting with my husband Eddie, but this time I enjoyed visiting MORE tasting rooms:
We started at the popular Wrath (named after Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath according to the tasting room staff) where we noted a nice 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Chardonnay and found our favorite of the day: 2012 Syrah, San Saba Vineyard, Monterey.
Then came Scheid Vineyards where we enjoyed 2011 Triple Layer Red of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
Manzoni had several deep reds from the Santa Lucia Highlands: a 2012 Syrah, 2012 Zinfandel, 2012 Big Ped Red blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Tannat.
Enjoyed a limited release Tempranillo and a 2011 Zinfandel at Shale Canyon Wines, a winery from the Arroyo Seco AVA. Every wine they have in their current line-up is 100% the varietal on the label.
Blair Estate produced several wines in the cold climate region Monterey is known for: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Galante Vineyards, from the warmer region of Carmel Valley served up Malbecs, red blends, Cabs and Merlot.
Another I had visited three years ago, Silvestri, did not disappoint. This time we were happy with a 2013 Pinot Blanc, a Rose of Barbera and Pinot Noir grapes and a straight Barbera.
A tasting room that wasn’t there when I last visited (more tasting rooms keep springing up!) is De Tierra Vineyards. The young winemaker had several wine club members/fans to tell me what their favorites were. I had to agree that the 2013 Riesling was delightful: more akin to a dry German-style Riesling as this wine was not cloyingly sweet. The aromatics alone were worth savoring, and the taste was a great refreshing end to our day.
(In looking for lunch at the beach or park in a break from our tasting we checked out 5th Avenue Deli for supplies. Here we found more than enough: custom made-to-order sandwiches, a taco bar, salads and the usual necessities like candy, chips…and wine. We were given directions to a local park where we quietly picnicked, the scene complete when a bridal party served as a backdrop to both their photographer and a gift from the bride to the groom: the sudden appearance of a bagpiper in full regalia.)
Checking Out Tarpy’s Roadhouse
Never been to a 5-acre “roadhouse” restaurant before so I wasn’t even sure what to wear to Tarpy’s Roadhouse for our dinner ten minutes away in Monterey. The menu and photos online looked great though!
When you arrive in the parking lot you will see – and think, wow this was gorgeous – a pond, a non-working well and the entrance all surrounded by lush flowers and shrubs. Two hostesses greeted us and we were seated immediately.
Amy, our friendly, knowledgeable and solicitous waitress checked in with us, again almost immediately, and we were on our way perusing the bar menu and wine list on an iPad. Amy later recited the specials, which physically caused my salivary glands to go into overdrive, and we made our selections: We shared an appetizer of Deviled Eggs made with spicy tuna over a pepperoni/sausage paste (spicy goodness there that we will definitely try and duplicate at home!), I ordered the Angus Top Sirloin that came with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled Chard with bacon (couldn’t finish it but Eddie could!) and Ed had filet mignon wrapped in bacon, green beans and a decadently rich scalloped potatoes made with Gruyere cheese. He thought they were the best potatoes he had ever had. As we had been wine tasting all day we were pretty exhausted…so I just had a glass of Seghesio Zinfandel while Ed had a vodka martini.
When we were done we asked for a tour. Come to find that there are several private dining rooms for groups of 20, 40, or more. Weddings took place on the property as well as business meetings. The name, Tarpy, belongs to one Matt Tarpy, who, in his day, was well-liked until he turned himself in for killing his neighbor in a land dispute. He was publicly hanged on the same land on which the restaurant now stands.
About The Carmel Wine Walk By-The-Sea
The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-paced self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms, which are all within a few blocks of each other on the both sides of Ocean Avenue. They are Blair Estate Artisan Wines, Caraccioli Cellars, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Scheid Vineyards, Shale Canyon Wines, Vino Napoli and Wrath Wines.…(more)
About 5th Avenue Deli & Catering Co
5th Ave. Deli continuously innovates to increase customer satisfaction by offering a quick service format that provides a high- quality” range of delicious sandwiches, salads, fresh made soups, with a salad & taco bar. We use fresh ingredients while also enabling customers to…(more)
About Tarpy’s Roadhouse
A Monterey Restaurant. Relax in this 1917 Roadhouse and enjoy creative, Five Star American Country Cuisine. The wood-burning grill provides wonderful flavors for wild game, the freshest seafood and prime steaks. Set on five landscaped acres, the patios and extensive gardens provide a refreshing backdrop for hearty sandwiches, vegetarian entrees and tempting salads. Tarpy’s has seven private and semi-private…(more)
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