As the saying goes, in wine there is truth, which is why most interrogations take place over candlelit dinners. Enjoy some light conversation with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $12 for a wine tasting for two (a $32 value)
- $23 for a wine tasting for four (a $64 value)
Carmel Ridge Winery
As the vineyard manager for Carmel Ridge Winery, Paul Stokes prefers to let nature take its course. He and his team intervene in the grapes' growth as little as possible, instead allowing the weather and the grapes themselves to let them know when to prune and pick. They also let the flavors of the soil seep into the vines, enhancing the grapes' character and flavor nuances. The winery's resident winemaker, Lynn Sakasegawa Stokes, is decidedly more hands-on when the fruit reaches her; she transfers the pressings to small lots of barrels for fermentation. Even then, the barrels are filled by a gravity-based flow system rather than by mechanical pumps—a system invented by Isaac Newton when he brewed his own small-batch cider—so the grapes maintain their earthy taste.