Wine Tasting in Marina

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Carmel Ridge Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Carmel Ridge Winery

New Monterey

Guests sample wines made from grapes grown with a minimum of human intervention and fermented in small lots of French oak barrels

$20 $10

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Purchase Credit at Dawn's Dream Winery (50% Off)

Dawn's Dream Winery

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Taste flights featuring several different wines at a charming tasting room in the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Central Coast

$40 $20

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine Purchase at Galante Vineyards Tasting Room (Up to 50% Off)

Galante Vineyards Tasting Room

Carmel-by-the-Sea

700-acre winery produces a broad range of red and white varietals that couples or quartets can sample before selecting take-home bottles

$40 $20

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Watsonville Winemakers Studios (Up to 72% Off)

Watsonville Winemakers Studios

Watsonville

At boutique-winery cooperative, staffers pour one-ounce tastings of multiple varietals from three wineries

$30 $10

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Wine Flights and Appetizers at It's Wine Tyme (Up to 51% Off)

It's Wine Tyme

Capitola

Wine tastings include one flight of wine per person, plus shared appetizers

$40 $20

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Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Leal Vineyards (Up to 68% Off)

Leal Vineyards

Hollister

Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

$30 $11

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Winery Tour and Tasting for Two or Four, or 6 or 12 Bottles of Pinot Noir at Pietra Santa Winery (Up to 65% Off)

Pietra Santa Winery

Hollister

Tours explore winery, concluding with sampling of wines; wine options provide 6 or 12 bottles of 2009 Block H Pinot Noir

$70 $28

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Bottles, or Tasting for Two with History at DeRose Winery (Up to 64% Off)

DeRose Winery

Hollister

Vineyard and winery that uses sustainable practices, including dry farming of vines that are more than 150 years old

$68 $25

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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Aimee June Winery (Up to 48% Off)

Aimee June Winery

San Juan Bautista

Boutique winery produces eight natural-yeast varietals, each bottle adorned with hand-crafted artwork

$29 $16

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Reserve Wine Tasting for Two, or Four with Option for Wineglasses at Hahn Estate (Up to 58% Off)

Hahn Estate

Soledad

Sip on wine samples while absorbing the sights and sounds of the Salinas Valley wine country

$30 $15

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$22 for Wine Tasting for Two with Cheese Plate and $5 Credit at Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden ($36 Value)

Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden

Saratoga

Outdoor patio and garden harbors guests who sip on flights of wine and nibble complementary cheeses

$36 $22

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Wine-Tasting Class for One or Two or Winemaking Class for One with Wine at Coterie Cellars (Up to 54% Off)

Coterie Cellars

South San Jose

Students sample wine and cheese in tasting session or learn how the winery makes pinot noir ; all classes include bottles of wine

$55 $29

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Wine-and-Chocolate Pairing for Two or Four with Credit Toward Bottles of Wine at Sherman Cellars (39% Off)

Sherman Cellars

Sherman Cellars

Wine educators guide guests through tastings of red and white wines paired with local chocolates

$45 $29

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Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards (Up to 62% Off)

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Carmel Valley Village

Sample award-winning wines aged in French oak barrels and made from grapes grown in the vineyards that make the property so picturesque

$20 $9.50

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$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards ($20 Value)

Joyce Vineyards

Carmel Valley

Sample 7 wines, including the Black Mountain chardonnay with notes of pear, quince and pineapple, or the bold Pedregal cabernet sauvignon

$20 $11

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Tasting with Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery (Up to Half Off)

Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery

Tracy

Visitors sample a number of vintages, including a chilled rosé, an aromatic majenas, and a fruity malvasia bianca

$32 $16

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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Bottle for Two or Four at Windmill Ridge Winery (Up to 57% Off)

Windmill Ridge Winery

Tracy

Husband and wife team pour samples of their favorites wines at their beautiful 3.8-acre vineyard

$46 $22

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Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball for 4, 8, or 12 at Sol Rouge (Up to 55% Off)

Sol Rouge Winery

San Francisco

Sample French-inspired wines and play leisurely games of bocce ball at Sol Rouge's winery tasting room on Treasure Island

$100 $45

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$55 for a Wine-Tasting Party with Wine Advisor & 6 Bottles of Wine ($250 Value)

Wines For Humanity San Francisco

In Home

Six bottles of wine are delivered to your doorstep, and a professional wine advisor walks you and up to 15 guests through a wine tasting

$250 $55

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Select Local Merchants

Château Julien Wine Estate was featured on JustLuxe and California Winery Advisor. Yelpers give the winery a three-star average, and TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes. Four Yahoo! Travelers give it a 4.5-star average.

8940 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel,
CA
US

The Twisted Roots Wine company began producing its own label of wines and its signature wine, Petite Sirah in 2005. Winemaking joined grape-growing as an integral part of the family business, and in 2010 the family incorporated Twisted Roots as a separate family business. As production continued to increase, varietals expanded to include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and "1918" Old Vine Zinfandel made from the family's oldest vineyard planted in 1918.

Above all else, Twisted Roots Wine strives to create wines that capture the essence of California's Lodi appellation. The Twisted Roots family embraces sustainable farming practices throughout the entire process and they almost exclusively age their wines in neutral French oak barrels, which allow the grapes' natural fruit flavors and pronounced acidity to shine. This style is evident throughout the winery's lineup of current releases. A bright and crisp chardonnay features just a hint of rounded oak flavor for the sake of balance, and the signature zinfandel?made from the vines originally planted in 1918?coats palates with its bold, yet supple notes of dark fruits and spices.

12 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley,
CA
US

Established: 1968

Reservations: Recommended

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Cabernet Sauvignon

Kid-friendly: No

Alcohol: Wine Only

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pro Tip: Sip organically grown wine while enjoying the sculpture garden and shopping our gift boutique.

Q&A with Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Has your business won any awards?

Yes. We received Small Business of the Year in 2011 from the state of California as well as a number of awards for our wines.

Tell us about your business.

We are the oldest winery in the Carmel Valley Appellation and pioneered the grape-growing area in 1968. We produce estate grown, estate bottled, 100% certified organically grown wine. We have a sculpture garden and an art gallery on the premises. Guests may browse through our gift boutique for gourmet sauces, olive oils and wine related items.

69 W Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley,
CA
US

Russell and Francis Joyce, the partners behind Joyce Vineyards, translate the philosophy of less is more into the world of wine. They gently guide grapes through the fermentation process, limiting their involvement so that each wine expresses a flavor true to the fruit and terroir it's derived from. They source the grapes from European-derived vines that Joyce planted in 1987 and also from partner vineyards spread throughout Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, and San Benito County. Visitors can sip the varietals in a contemporary tasting room or subscribe to the wine club for quarterly deliveries of recommended bottles.

60 Via Milpitas
Carmel Valley,
CA
US

Pierce Ranch Vineyards is a boutique winery located in a highland valley at the southern border of Monterey County, but its wines have the robust characteristics of those from the Iberian Peninsula. That's because the family that operates the vineyard specializes in Spanish and Portuguese varietals. They use careful growing methods and fermentation techniques to craft a wide range of limited-run wines. Each and every one of their yearly production of 2,000 cases is grown on the estate. While lesser-known varieties such as touriga, tempranillo, and albari?o are emphasized, more familiar grapes such as cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel are represented as well. Previous vintages have included their 2010 albari?o that was awarded Best in Show at the Central Coast Wine Competition and a 2007 petite sirah that was declared Best in California at the California State Fair Wine Competition.

Flowers and ornamental vines surround the winery's tasting room, which occupies a cozy bungalow near the coast of Monterey Bay. Servers jot the day's wine offerings on a chalkboard and fill glasses behind a wooden bar. In addition to wine tastings, visitors can stop by for live music or open-house events.

499 Wave Street
Monterey,
CA
US

1933 was a banner year for Phillip and John Bargetto. Prohibition finally ended, and the brothers were able to reopen their winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Phillip and John embraced their passion for growing northern-Italian varietals, twining their hillsides with vines of dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

Now run by the Bargetto family's third generation, the winery continues to cultivate these same grapes as well as two of Santa Cruz's more well-known varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. Its most heralded wines hail from the 40 acres of trellised vines at Regan Estate Vineyards, which produces balanced yet concentrated fruit thanks to its sunny hilltop location, loamy soil, and cool breezes from thousands of naturally occurring ceiling fans.

Controlled aging in new-French- or American-oak barrels imbues some of the winery's reds with lingering finishes and toasty sweetness, and stainless-steel barrels ensure that the whites retain their vibrant acidity. Although most of the wines display a more approachable style, the La Vita line embraces the family's Old-World routes, featuring complexly tannic and age-worthy blends of Phillip and John's favored dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

3535 N Main St.
Soquel,
CA
US