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Wine Tasting, Carmel Valley, California

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Carmel Valley , California
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Bernardus

5 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 888 648 9463

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Heller Estate

69 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 6220

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Talbott Vineyards

53 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 3500

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Joullian

2 Village Drive Suite A
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 8100

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Chateau Sinnet

13746 Center St
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 2244

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Georis

4 Pilot Rd
Carmel Valley , California
93924
Tel: 831 659 1050

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Château Julien Wine Estate

8940 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley , California
93923
Tel: 831 624 2600

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Concierge.com's insider take:

If you can't swing a trip to Napa during your visit to northern California, don't sweat it: Monterey County produces some damn good wines. The cool and foggy coastal regions yield fine pinot noir; the inland valleys produce excellent heat-loving varietals like cabernet and chardonnay. Since the county is huge—3,322 square miles compared with Napa's 754—and the 75 wineries here are far apart, maximize your wine-tasting time by visiting the très civilized Carmel Valley Village. Tasting rooms here are spread across five blocks; park your car and you can walk between many of them along Carmel Valley Road. Among the wineries represented are Bernardus, famous for its stellar Bordeaux blends; Heller Estate, which makes excellent certified-organic reds; Talbott Vineyards, known for top-notch chardonnays across the board; Joullian, known for its sauvignon blanc and zinfandel; and Chateau Sinnet, which makes sparkling wine—a rarity in Monterey County—and also some heady dessert wines. But the prettiest is Georis, where you can sample merlot in a lush outdoor garden. To visit an actual winery, head to lovely Château Julien Wine Estate, where you can take a crash course in winemaking and sample some respectable reds. Tours are free but require reservations.

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