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.
When you stay at L Auberge Carmel in Carmel, you'll be near the beach and minutes from Galante Vineyards and Carmel Plaza. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Sunset Center and Carmel Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 20 guestrooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bathrobes. Conveniences include safes and complimentary newspapers, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or make use of the other amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and a concierge desk.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. This hotel has 2 meeting rooms available for events. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).
Originally opened in 1955 as a joint-venture chocolate shop, Em Le’s welcomes visitors into its quaint A-frame dining room with the irresistible scents of fresh pasta, simmering sauces, and seared meats. The eatery is known for its french toast, made with a recipe that has remained unchanged since 1955. The batter-cooked confection is served during breakfast alongside more than 10 savory omelets and pancakes piled with fresh fruit. Guests can snuggle up to the fireplace while they browse a dinner menu of comfort food ranging from spaghetti and meatballs to short ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh veggies.
Hawaiian art and vintage surf paraphernalia deck the walls of Hula's Island Grill And Tiki Room, adding to the restaurant's island ambience. In the kitchen, cooks draw on the flavors of the Pacific Rim to craft raw ahi poke, luau pork sandwiches, and spring rolls alongside burgers, steaks, and tacos. More than 30 types of rum wait behind the bar to be poured into a mai tai or dark and stormy.
Winner of Monterey County Weekly's best burger of 2011, r.g. Burgers' grillmasters fire up juicy burgers, hunger-busting sandwiches, and a menu full of classic American eats. Homemade potato salad ($3.95) and fried zucchini sticks ($7.25) hype up mouths for burgers handmade from extra-lean ground beef, turkey, bison, chicken breast, and vegetarian falafel. The burger bazaar's bun-based creations include guacamole-swiss ($8.50), lemon pepper ($7.95), and the zesty béarnaise burger with creamy béarnaise sauce and sautéed mushrooms ($9.50). Ranch chicken sandwiches lasso lettuce, tomato, and red onion onto toasted steak rolls ($9.25), and a variety of all-beef hot dogs celebrate tubular protein at its finest ($6.50–$8.95). In addition to milkshakes and malts in flavors from coffee to peanut butter and jelly ($4.50–$5.25), the r.g. Burgers kitchen crew churns out fresh salads, soups, and desserts.
Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina fills its patrons with authentic Mexican food cooked up on mesquite grills and crafted with fresh ingredients. Start lunch with a tostada salad ($7.45), and follow it with a crab enchilada ($8.95) or sope, a corn masa pillow plumped with your choice of meat or cheese and topped with the likely leafy suspects ($8.65). Dinner diners can begin with three quesadillas fritas—corn turnovers filled with cheese, potatoes, and bell peppers ($7.25)—followed by the house specialty, arroz con pollo, a dish of sautéed boneless chicken breast drenched with chile-tomato sauce and served atop Mexican rice ($13.25), then molded into the shape of guests' auras. The bar at each location offers plenty of wines and more than 100 specialty tequilas, which can be conjured into margarita classicas ($8.25) or real fruit margaritas ($8.75) made with strawberry, mango, pineapple, and more, crafted to meet your blood-alcohol level's recommended daily serving of fermented agave juice.