Wine Tasting in Carmel!

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Wine Tasting in Carmel!

Carmel is known for its beaches, food and art galleries. But Carmel (and the adjacent town Monterey) is also home to many vine yards, wineries and tasting rooms. That is why we went wine tasting in Carmel when we enjoyed a lovely getaway last weekend! Ag Venture Tours & Consulting is the best and oldest guided tour company in the area and is Central California’s leader in educational tours since 1997. With this tour company you visit either the Monterey Wine Country (including Carmel Valley and Salinas Valley) or the Santa Cruz Mountains. We did our wine tasting in the Carmel Valley. Our tour started when Evan, who was the tour guide, picked us up from our hotel. While he was driving, he passionately talked about the area, the grapes, the wines and the places we passed. Our first stop was the vine yard of Bernardus, where he elaborated about the history of winemaking and gave a little agricultural education in the most fun way. That is why this tour was not only a wine tasting, but an entire experience.

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Wine tasting in Carmel

Evan from Ag Venture Tours is fun and very knowledgeable about the history and vegetation of the area. It all started when the Spanish immigrants came to California in the end of the 18th century. They planted the little cuttings that they had brought from the grapevines in Spain, into the hills of Carmel and Monterey. The Californian weather was great for growing grapes as it was similar to that in Tuscany. At that time, the wine was only for the priests. But when the Italian people came in the mid 1800, during the gold rush, wine became widely available to the public. When we think of making wine, we have to make a distinction between vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms. It all starts at the vine yards, where they grow the grapes. At the wineries they make the wine and in the tasting rooms, you can taste (and buy) the bottles. We visited one vineyard and three tasting rooms: Joullian, Bernardus and Parsonage. Since Evan is a degreed winery consultant, he elaborated about the wine and winemaking at all levels and was very specific about which wines we should taste in the tasting rooms. That is why I know for sure that we tasted the best wines of Carmel!

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A happy kid in the vineyards of Bernardus. 

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After our visit to the vineyards, we went to the tasting rooms. 

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We started at Joullian, located at the entrance to Carmel Valley Village.

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We tried five different wines in the very charming tasting room and my favourite was their muscat that is estate grown, produced and bottled by Joullian!

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The second tasting room was Bernardus, which is owned by a Dutch family, Pon. 

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Their rose is amazing. But Bernardus’ Chardonnay is widely recognised as the quintessential Chardonnay from the California Central Coast. So happy that we took a bottle back home with us!  

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The last tasting room we visited was Parsonage, a boutique, family-run vineyard and winery located in the heart of Carmel Valley.

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Parsonage produces big, bold, red wines at a small scale. 

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Today’s look!

I carefully thought about what to wear to this amazing wine tasting experience. I wanted something fun, chic and easy going. I therefore opted for my favourite denim from Abercrombie and my glitter Unisa sneakers. The bag is a new beauty in my collection. I love the clean shape and the high quality leather without any fringes. It is designed by Burkely, a Dutch brand that is an icon in the Dutch leather industry. I also adore my new sweater, a piece that I found on Dezzal. Aren’t the peacock details amazing?!

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And I hope you can go on this tour with Evan one day as well: www.agventuretours.com, or call 831-761-8463

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  • Dressed With Soul

    Your sweater is really a dream!
    Many thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Do you want to follow each other?
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    • Thank you so much Rena! I also love this sweater as it is casual and chic! And yes, let’s follow each other:)! Xx Susanne

  • Adele Miner

    Oh you look stunning, it looks like such a fun day! Your posts are always so amazing, don’t stop doing what you do pretty lady! x

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    • Thanks Adele! It was so much fun!! Really wish that we could do it all over! Thank you for your amazing compliment! That is very sweet to read! Xx Susanne

  • Oh what a beautiful place darling! I always opt for wine tasting wherever we travel! Hope I can visit this beautiful vineyard one day! As for your look, I am crazy about it especially this amazingly unique sweater from Dezzal! Such a great find! You look divine my dear! Wishing you a greta start to the weekend and December!
    Hugs,
    Stella
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    • Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! I also love vineyards, and I am seriously considering to go back here! Carmel has such a chill vibe and the people are so nice. And the wines…. WOW!! So good! Thank you for your compliments about my sweater. I love it as well! Xx Susanne

  • What a cool experience! I love wine tasting so much 🙂
    And babe, that peacock sweater is AMAZING, love it ♥

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    • Thank you so much Jen!! That is very sweet of you! Happy weekend and I hope there will be a lot of wines involved;)! Big Xx Susanne

  • Emma Corrie-Hill

    so so so beautiful 🙂

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  • I’m a really lover of wine Susanne and I’m very envious to you!!! 😉
    It looks a very amazing place!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for stopping at my blog. I’m very happy for your comment.
    Eni

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    • Hahaha yes wine is the best! Too bad we live so far away, otherwise we could have done a wine-gettogether!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Xx Susanne

  • flowery

    Wow looks so good, your pictures are awesome.

    xoxo

    Priscilla

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    • Thank you so much Priscilla!! We had such a wonderful time! Xx Susanne

  • Looking so lovely!!! Absolutely gorgeous and loving the photos!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • Thank you so much Layla!! That is very sweet! Xx Susanne

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