Wine Tasting in Carmel

There are plenty of things to do in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, upper most is just taking in the local color of what is one of the loveliest small towns in America. It’s a not to be missed destination in California. The beach is an amazing asset too!

We were there a week ago for a few days. It was a great getaway. The town is filled with unique shops, more art galleries than you could imagine, wonderful restaurants and naturally, tasting rooms.

Yes, it’s pretty hard to land anywhere in California that you won’t find a tasting room or two to visit. In Carmel there are at least twelve. Check out Carmel Retreats for a full list of the wineries.

Image courtesy of Wrath Wines

Wrath Wines, a Santa Lucia Highlands winery was one we made a point to visit. The winery itself is located in Soledad, California. They practice sustainable farming, and from their 72 acres of vineyards they produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Falanghina, and Grenache wines.

The Carmel tasting room is located in the Carmel Plaza right next to the very popular Cheese Shop. It has an inviting interior with a long tasting bar and outdoor, patio tables for tasting. And, like almost everything else in Carmel, it’s dog friendly!

We tasted both the Winemaker’s and Single Vineyard wines. Trying so many can make it difficult to zero in on favorites but we managed to pare down to just a few. Our standouts were:

  • 2019 Wrath 115/667 Pinot Noir, Monterey
  • 2019 Wrath Boekenoogen Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
  • 2018 Wrath KW Ranch Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
  • 2019 Tondré Grapefield Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
  • 2017 Wrath San Saba Vineyard Syrah, Monterey
  • 2017 Wrath Alta Loma Grenache, Monterey (not on the tasting list)

Our host for the tasting was Kathy Solley. I have to congratulate her on not only keeping track where each party was on their tasting menu, but managing a nearly full house on her own as we were departing.

Thank you Kathy for a great tasting! Salud!

And our dog, Rocky thanks us for taking him along!

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