Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club - History

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The Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club was organized in January 1980 by Carol Stratton (left above) and Jean Mitchell (right above), incorporated in December 1981, and five years later, it was invited to join the Garden Club of America





One of their first community projects was to save the old Piccadilly Nursery property on Dolores Street between Ocean and Seventh. After the Piccadilly Nursery went out of business in 1979, the City Council was divided over whether to sell the property for development or to keep it as a park. 


Piccadilly Park 


"It was the only open space in a mature block dating back to the early commercial beginnings of Carmel," Carol Stratton stated. "The campaign for this cause is largely the catalyst for the inception of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club." (1)



To make a long story short the City of Carmel voted June 6, 1996 to have the Carmel Garden Club restore the “vacant lot with one magnificent oak,” (1) in the former location of Piccadilly Nursery. Landscape architect Walter Guthrie designed the plan and in April of 1997 the property was formally rezoned by the city as a park. The Carmel by the Sea (CBTS) Garden Club participated in a major renovation of Piccadilly Park in early 2015 and continues to maintain the garden to this day.


Harrison Memorial Library 

The CBTS Garden Club raised money for and implemented the landscape plan for Harrison Memorial Library at Ocean and Lincoln in 2004. Completion of this beautiful garden was made in 2007.  Though beautiful all year round, it is especially attractive in early spring when the daffodil flowers stand tall. Garden Club volunteers continue to take care of the library garden. 
Constance Meach Ridder Garden 

In 2012 the CBTS Garden Club renovated the garden in front of City Hall on Monte Verde between Ocean and Seventh.  It was dedicated to former club member Constance Meach Ridder, who died of cancer in 2011.



This garden includes drought-tolerant native plants, a walkway, hand railing, fountain, and patio seating.  In 2015, the Constance Meach Ridder Garden was accepted into the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian.  The City is responsible for its maintenance. 

In 2013, as one of the 200 member clubs of the Garden Club of America, the CBTS Garden Club submitted a project in celebration of the Garden Club of America centennial.  

North Dunes Habitat Restoration 

The CBTS Garden Club project was the North Dunes Habitat Restoration which began in 2009.  The goal of this project was to eliminate the invasive non-native ice plant and recreate a self-sustaining natural dune ecosystem with native plant species such as dune sagewort and beach evening primrose.


 Beach Evening Primrose

The Dunes Restoration, located at the end of Ocean Avenue and Carmel Beach, is surrounded by protective fencing which will stay in place until sometime in the future when it is expected that the area will look as it did one hundred years ago.

Until next time - Happy Adventures! 


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Notes 

(1) Watson, Lisa Crawford. "Saving Grace Garden Club to Restore Piccadilly Park." Monterey Peninsula Herald, April 27, 1997, page C1.

Photography 

All photography by LA Momboisse except for those listed below: 

Black and white pictures of Carol Stratton and Jean Mitchell - Harrison Memorial Library Local History Room Nixon File. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fairy Tale House Walking Tour Carmel-by-the-Sea 2019

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Many visitors come to Carmel-by-the-Sea in search of the Fairy Tale houses.  The majority of them can we viewed on this self-guided walking tour, which starts at the Carmel Plaza, in about one hour.  



If you have arrived by tour bus, your start and stop point will be Carmel Plaza.  If you are in town for a few days, either leave your car at your hotel in town or find a two hour parking spot near Carmel Plaza. 




Carmel Plaza is across from Devendorf Park (the big green area) on Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission.  Look for the bronze statue Trumpeter by Richard MacDonald and fountain in front of Kate Spade.




Take the alleyway between Vineyard Vines and Bottega Veneta to Carmel Visitor's Center if you are in need of maps or more information. 


Or take the stairs down to the first level and Carmel Coffee and Cocoa Bar if you are interested in coffee or a snack before you walk.  






To reach the majority of the Fairy Tale houses, cross Ocean Avenue at Junipero and walk through Devendorf Park (the big green area). 


The land for Devendorf Park was given to the city of Carmel by James Franklin Devendorf.  His bust may be found in one of the alcoves of the park.  


You will also find a wooden statue of Saint Junipero Serra, veterans memorials for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as a 911 memorial.  



Exit the park on Sixth Avenue near the restroom.  Across the street is Vesuvio one of our favorite places for Happy Hour



Cross Junipero to Brunos Market and Deli and Surf and Sand Liquors. With Brunos, Surf and Sand, Vesuvio, Carmel Drug Store, and Carmel Coffee and Cocoa Bar, most of our basic survival needs are met and we never have to leave town. Or drive for that matter, but I digress, this is a Fairy Tale house tour. 



Right after Surf and Sand is Torres Street.  Turn left and walk up the hill.  Across from the parking area of the Best Western you will find Hansel and Gretel. The view above is of Hansel  from Torres Street. 


This is the view that is most famous, but is NOT available to the general public because it is on private property. In fact all of the homes reviewed are privately owned (except for Tuck Box).  So please respect homeowners and stay behind the gate on the street side.  Thank you. 


Hugh and Mayotta in front of Hansel (Doll House) 1924

Hansel, originally called Doll House, was built in 1924 by Hugh Comstock for his wife Mayotta's Otsy-Totsy dolls. You may read more about Hugh and Mayotta as well as see more pictures of Hansel and Gretel in my blog post from 2013


Walk back down the hill you just climbed and turn left on Sixth Avenue.  On the southeast corner of Torres and Sixth is the historic Grant Wallace House. This is a Tudor Storybook style (my daughter-in-law calls it the Keebler Elf House).  It was built in 1927 by Jess Nichols for Grant Wallace, a San Francisco newspaperman and occultist.  


Next door on the northeast corner of Torres and Ocean Avenue is The Woods house another Tudor Storybook house, this one was designed by Hugh Comstock in 1927 for the artist Mary Young-Hunter



Walk back on Torres to Sixth Avenue and turn right.  This time look to the northeast corner to find the Hugh Comstock Residence.  This was Hugh and Mayotta's personal home.  You may read more about this and see pictures of the inside in my blog post here.   




Next door at the northwest corner of Santa Fe Street and Sixth Avenue is Comstock Studio.  This Tudor Storybook style house was built by Comstock in 1927 as his studio and office.   


 

Turn left on Santa Fe.  The fourth house from the corner on the west side of the street is Our House.  Hugh Comstock built this for Elizabeth Armstrong in 1928.  You will know you have the correct house, when you spot the narrow arched three-light casement window with heart shaped cut out. 

 

Continue up almost to the end of the block on Santa Fe and find A Storybook Cottage (Santa Fe 2 southeast Fifth).  This original 384 square foot cottage was built in 1926 by Comstock's father-in-law, Thomas M. Browne.  You may read more about this house and view pictures toward the end of my blog post here





"Some time last year an easterner came out to the Monterey peninsula, built himself a house to settle down in, and decided to do a friendly thing in Carmel...He wanted to help create...He therefore chose an architect who would carry out this feeling sympathetically in the lines of his houses.  He rearranged his lots and the cottages on them...He grouped his cottages in community fashion (without fences)...like the English cottage.  The houses were cleverly planned and executed by Hugh Comstock."  (The Swain Houses, The Carmelite, February 6, 1929).

Walk back down Santa Fe and turn left on Sixth.  Here you will come to a group of five houses built for W. O. Swain, the easterner referred to in the above quote. 




The first house you will come to in this grouping is Honeymoon.  A 660 square foot English Tudor style cottage, it is reminiscent of the small Anne Hathaway Cottage in Sratford-upon-Avon. 



Next door on the southwest corner of Santa Rita and Sixth is Birthday House.  Here Comstock used the New England "saltbox style" in his design for Mr. Swain.  The picture above is the elevation you will see from Sixth.  


 
Next door on Santa Rita is Fables.  Mr. Swain asked that this cottage be built in a French country farmhouse style with a polygonal hipped roof.  "Sure", Mr. Comstock said, and produced this masterpiece.  You may read more about this house and see pictures from the inside in my blog post here



Doll's House on the northwest corner of Santa Rita and Ocean is a Tudor Storybook style house.  You may see pictures of the inside of this house in my post here.  




Now turn right on to Ocean Avenue and you will come to the fifth and final house designed and built for Mr. Swain, Ocean House.  It is the smallest of the five and built in the English Cotswold style.  

From here you may continue down Ocean Avenue two blocks back to the Carmel Plaza.  




Or if time permits here are a few other homes you might want to check out. 

Back on Sixth Avenue continue one more block to Guadalupe and turn left.  Ship House is located three houses from the corner.  I reviewed this unique house in 2013. You may read more about it and see pictures of the inside here. It is the second house I review on this blog.


The first one is the Della Walker House built by Frank Lloyd Wright.  You may have to drive to this one located at 26336 Scenic.  Or if you have time for another walking tour take my Scenic Walk tour.  It is four miles round trip and may be found here, part 1 and part 2. Four pretty spectacular miles.   



Anyway, walk back down Sixth to Junipero and turn right.  Three blocks up at Junipero 2 north west of Third, find Curtain Calls.  You may read about this Comstock home and view pictures of the interior from my tour in 2012. Curtain Calls is the second house reviewed on this blog.  Hansel is the first.  




You might want to drive to these last two (honestly our town is only one square mile, it will take you longer to find a parking place than to walk - my opinion), Tuck Box Dolores 3 north east of Seventh.  This is also a Comstock in the Fairy Tale style. 


And finally on the northeast corner of Dolores and Eleventh find Marchen House.  


 

There are many more historic and unique homes in Carmel-by-the-Sea.  You may learn more about these in a book I co-wrote with Alissandra Dramov a few years ago, Historic Homes and Inns of Carmel-by-the-Sea.  It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. If you purchase this book you will find a tinyurl on the Acknowledgement page that links to a Google Map that gives you walking instructions to all 150 homes described in the book.  




Until next time, Happy Adventures 

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Photography by L.A. Momboisse unless listed below:
Black and White photo of Hugh and Mayotta Comstock in front of Hansel from Monterey Public Library History Room and Harrison Memorial Library Local History Room. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea Tasting Room Tour - (2019)

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Carmel-by-the-Sea is home to 17 (at last count) wine tasting rooms. There are two ways to go about sampling the wares of Carmel's wine rooms.  If you are in town for just a short time and do not plan on coming back, pick one or two that interest you from this blog post, drop in and enjoy.  




If you are a local or come to Carmel often, the best deal is to purchase a Carmel Wine Walk Passport from Blair Estate Tasting Room located on the lower level of Carmel Plaza, Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission.   









The current cost (as of 1/2019) of the Carmel Wine Passport is $100.00.  This entitles the buyer to three or four 1 ounce pours at 10 of the 13 participating wine tasting rooms listed on the passport.  


So how does this Passport thing work if you are not able to visit all 10 of the locations in one day or weekend?   The good news is that there is no expiration date on the Passport.  



How do you use the Passport?  When you arrive at a wine room, present your pass.  Ask the Bar Keep what options they are pouring for the Passport. If you are stepping out with your significant other or a friend you may want to just use one pass but share one glass  - yes you may do this.  Less wine per person but you may each enjoy a taste, which honestly is what this is about.  If you have more questions on the Wine Tasting Passport call Blair Estate Tasting at 831/625-WINE.



Another feature of the Passport is that a bottle of wine purchased at participating wine rooms may be taken to selected restaurants and the corkage fee is waved! There are rules for this, so to avoid disappointment please make sure you inquire at the wine room you are visiting how you might go about enjoying a bottle of their wine with dinner in town, and have the corkage fee waved. 



Most of the wine rooms reviewed may be booked for special events.  Make sure you call ahead to verify times listed as these do change between winter and summer. Now that all the how-tos, conditions, and rules are behind us we can get on with the review listed in approximate alphabetical order. Enjoy Carmel-by-the-Sea wine tasting venues. Salute! 





 Albatross Ridge 
Dolores between Ocean & Sixth
Sunday - Thursday Noon - 7pm
Friday - Saturday Noon - 9pm
831/293-8896




In 2006 father and son team Brad and Garrett Bowlus  found a site situated between the elevations of 850 and 1,250 feet perched on a mountaintop seven miles from the Pacific Ocean. There was serendipity in this location, as it was one of the take off points used by Brad's grandfather, William Hawley Bowlus, for his sailplane in the 1930s. They named the area Abatross Ridge and set about planting 25 acres of vines in 2008.  
Albatross Ridge is not part of the Wine Passport but it is a prominent wine room located in the historic Art Deco style Bank of Carmel building.  Stop by and sample their Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.  









Blair Estate Artisan Wines
Lower Level Carmel Plaza
Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission
 (Wine Passport
Sunday - Thursday 11- 6pm
Friday - Saturday 11 - 7pm
831/625-WINE










In 2007 Jeffrey Blair planted the first Pinot Noir grapes on his beloved grandmother Delfina's property in the Arroyo Seco Appellations.  Their debut release produced 258 cases of 2010 Pinot Noir Delfina's Vineyard.  





With the success of this Pinot, Blair Estate expanded their varietals.  Now there are four main varietals, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Rosé of Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. 


Dolores east side between
 Ocean Avenue and 7th
(Wine Passport)
831/622-7722



Salinas Valley native, Gary Caraccioli launched Caraccioli Cellars in 2006 after convincing his uncle and brother to go into the wine making business.  His goal, making an exclusive and original wine to the Santa Lucia Highlands. This turned out to be a sparkling wine. 









The Caraccioli family is serious about their sparkling wine, which undergoes a labor-intensive secondary fermentation, called méthod champenoise to create all the bubbles in their Brut Cuvée.  They also not only abide by the French law on Champagne but exceed it.

French law requires Champagne Houses in France use only the first 150 gallons of juice extracted from each ton of grapes.  Caraccioli Cellars uses only the first 120 gallons providing the best ‘heart’ juice from each grape. 




Caraccioli Cellars is located under the green awning in the historic Spanish Revival style Leidig Building on Dolores. Enjoy a seat at their long Perota bar which offers plenty of space to sample a flight of wine with friends.  Or check this place out for dessert after dinner and pair your Caraccioli's Brut Cuvée with one of their small plates such as Moonstruck Chocolates! Caraccioli Cellars serves three varietals besides the Brut Cuvée, Brut Rosé, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. 











 Dawn's Dream
NW Corner 7th and San Carlos
(Wine Passport)
Monday - Wednesday 12 - 6pm
Thursday - Sunday 12 - 7pm
831/659-2649



Dawn Galante's dream was to open a wine room in downtown Carmel near her husband Jack's Galante Vineyard wine room.  Her dream came true in 2014.


Located behind Thinker Toys in the Plaza San Carlos this wine room features three varietals, Pinot Noir, Rosé, and Chardonnay. 















The Cheese Shop 
Lower Level Carmel Plaza
Monday - Saturday 10 - 6pm
Sunday 11 - 5:30pm
800/828-WINE











This is not on the Wine Passport.  Here you will find more kinds of cheese than you ever thought could have existed.  You can try as many as you like. It is a great place to pick up a picnic lunch, and bottle of wine. 



 



Mission between Fifth and Sixth
(Wine Passport)
Monday - Thursday 2 - 6pm
Friday - Sunday 12 - 8pm
 
831/622-9704

In the mid 1990's Tom and Carol Russell began looking for the perfect property to build an artisan winery as well as a home.  They selected a south west facing 40 acre farm in Corral de Tierra on the Monterey Peninsula midway between the Santa Lucia Highlands and Carmel Valley.  


The vineyard is SIP Certified, which stands for Sustainability in Practice.  This unique certification goes beyond just being “green.” A  SIP Certified vineyard, farms in a way that protects both natural and human resources. 

Today, De Tierra is owned and run by Dan McDonnal and Alix Lynn Bosch who produce five estate varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, and Cabernet Franc.  All are SIP certified sustainably harvested wines.   





Behind Picadilly Park
or 
via Der Ling Lane
(Wine Passport)
Monday - Wednesday 12 -6pm
Thursday - Sunday 12 - 7 pm
 831/624-3800 






Opening its doors in 2004, Galante Vineyards has the pleasure of being the first wine tasting room in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It can be reached from the west side of Dolores Avenue between Ocean and Seventh behind Picadilly Park, or via Der Ling Lane, the location of one of Carmel's quaint courtyards.



Der Ling Lane is located under the arch doorway on the south side of Ocean Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln. How Der Ling Lane received this name is another story and part of our self-guided walk and history of Ocean Avenue. When you see Cowboy Slim you will know you have reached your destination. 







The Galante family history in Carmel goes back to 1902 when James Franklin Devendorf and Frank Powers formed Carmel Development Company and filed a new subdivision map that would eventually become the core of the village of Carmel.




Jack Galante, the owner of Galante Vineyards is the great grandson of James Franklin Devendorf. In 1969, Jack’s parents purchased a 700 acre cattle ranch in Carmel Valley.  While ranching they began growing grapes on their property.









In 1994, Jack built a winery to produce their 100% estate wines.  Today Galante Vineyards is known for their premier Cabernet Sauvignon.  They also feature Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Sauvignon Blanc.



The beautifully remodeled Carmel Plaza with cozy fire pits and the famous Fountain of Woof is home to three wine rooms, Blair, Wrath, and Hahn.




The lower level of Carmel Plaza is also the location of the Cheese Shop (mentioned earlier) and Carmel's first brewery Yeast of Eden.  Here we are enjoying the Barrel Room at Yeast of Eden.





Hahn Family Tasting Room 
Lower Level Carmel Plaza
Daily 12 - 6pm
831/250-7937


The Hahn Family Tasting Room features Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Hahn GSM which is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.  Though not on the wine Passport, they are worth the visit.  






Seventh Avenue between Dolores and San Carlos
(Wine Passport)
Sunday - Thursday 12 - 6pm
Friday - Saturday 12 - 7pm
831/601-8761









Holman Ranch is the only 100% single estate producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Carmel Appellation.  There other two top varietals are Pinot Gris and a Sparkling Rosé.





Paseo Courtyard
San Carlos between Ocean & Seventh
(Wine Passport)
Sunday - Thursday 12 - 6pm
Friday - Saturday 12 - 7pm
831/620-6541





The Manzoni family has lived and farmed in the Santa Lucia Highlands since the 1930s.  Initially in the dairy business, this evolved to crop farming, and finally into wine making when the family converted six acres of land into vine rootstock in the 1990s. 

They specialize in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Syrah.  Stop by their wine room and your host will most likely be managing partner Mark Manzoni himself or Ms. Vina who really runs the place.  Here she is posing perfectly coiffed in front of her antique bar. 






Dolores between Ocean and Seventh
(Wine Passport)
Sunday - Thursday 12 - 7pm
Friday - Saturday 12 - 8pm
831/320-0726 


Scratch Wine, located inside the Winfield Gallery in the historic De Yoe Building on Dolores, is a celebration of art and wine.  


Winemaker Sabrine Rodems features four varietals in her downtown Carmel wine room:  Riesling, Grenache, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  


Scheid Tasting Room 
San Carlos and Seventh
Bell Tower Court
(Wine Passport)
Sunday - Thursday 12 - 6pm
Friday - Saturday 12 - 7pm
831/656-9463



It is said, a great wine begins in the vineyard.  Al Scheid 

knew this to be true, which is why in 1971 he purchased acreage in Monterey County based on the advice of Professor A. J. Winkler of the University of California at Davis.  Winkler, a professor of Viticulture and Enology determined that Monterey County was comparable to Napa, Sonoma, Burgundy, and Bordeaux.





Scheid also believed that in order to grow the highest quality wine grapes one had to adhere to the three E's of sustainability: environmentally sound practices, social equity, and economic viability.   



Scheid features Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  




Shale Canyon Tasting Room
The Paseo Courtyard
San Carlos between Ocean and Seventh
(Wine Passport)
Daily 12 - 6pm
831/332-2227
 
 Sixth-generation Salinas Valley brothers, Jake, Keith, and Tim Prader, plated Shale Canyon vineyard with a number of red varietals in 2008.  The vineyard is on such an isolated property in the upper portion of the Arroyo Seco Canyon, that production is run totally off the grid with a propane stove and well pump powered by a photovoltaic cell system (solar).

Shale Canyon specializes in small lots of hand crafted varietals of Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Sirah, Malbec, Mourvedre, and Zinfandel. 







Shale Canyon supplements their wine production with grapes purchased from a number of areas.  Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot come from vineyards in the Arroyo Seco.  Zinfandel from Dry Creek in Healdsburg, and Cabernet from San Benito County.   Currently their tasting room is featuring Zinfandel, Temranillo, Mourvedre, and Bourdeaux.  









Seventh Avenue between Dolores and San Carlos 

(Wine Passport)

Monday - Wednesday 12 - 6pm

Thursday - Sunday 12 - 7pm

831/625-0111












In 1989, after a successful career as a music composer, writing over 100 scores for film, Alan Silvestri moved his family from Los Angeles to Carmel Valley. 

As passionate about his wine as he is about his music Alan says, "There's something about the elemental side of wine making that appeals to me. Both music making and wine making involve the blending of art and science.  Just as each note brings its own voice to the melody, each vine brings its own unique personality to the wine.” 


In the spring of 2000, Alan and his wife Sandra began a new adventure.  They planted three varieties of grapes on their ten plus acres in Carmel Valley. Their first harvest of 100% estate grown grapes of the Silvestri Vineyards was in the Fall of 2003. Silvestri Vineyards wine room is located in the historic Enchanted Oaks building. They feature Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Barbera. 




NE Corner of Dolores and Seventh
3:30 - 10:00pm
Happy Hour 3:30 - 6pm

831/626-2032 






Vino Napoli is located in the historic El Paseo building. It is the largest tasting room in town with over 1,000 square feet, featuring two flat screen TV’s (baseball, soccer, football), and a half dozen café style tables some placed on top of wine barrels.




There is also a cozy fireplace for when the fog rolls in just at 
cocktail hour during our summer months. 
They also offer a  nice selection of light appetizers. These are shown on the chalk board and change periodically.   



   

Today's selection were the "lollipops" that we love to order at Vesuvio's roof-top (another one of the Pèpe family of restaurants and our favorite Happy Hour restaurant!)






Vino Napoli is not on the Wine Passport.  It is considered a wine bar, which means if you would rather just enjoy a 6 ounce glass of wine with friends - by all means this is the place. 





Must be over 21 to enter, unless you are furry and well groomed! 




Lincoln between Ocean and Sixth
Pine Inn Courtyard
(Wine Passport)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2 - 6pm
Friday - Sunday 12 - 7pm
831/574-3135





Founded in 1996 by Jim and Judy Schultz, Windy Oaks vineyards are located on a windy ridge in Corralitos overlooking Monterey Bay.



With Jim as the winemaker their first vintage was a 1999 Pinot Noir.  Today the family farms a total of 26 acres of Pinot Noir and one acre of Chardonnay.  


In 2011 Jim and Judy's sons, Spencer and Lucas completed the Winemaking Certification program at UC Davis and have joined their parents in winemaking and vineyard management. Windy Oaks features Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rhone Varietals. 











Lower Level Carmel Plaza
Ocean and Junipero
(Wine Passport)
Monday - Saturday 11 - 6pm
Sunday 11 - 5pm
831/620-1909


Wrath Co-owner, Michael Thomas came to wine-making by way of the world of academia. With a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology, Michael spent fifteen years excavating sights and living in Italy.  It was during that time he also developed his passion for wine.


In 2007, the Thomas family purchased San Saba Vineyards, in the Santa Lucia Highlands and “set out to dramatically change the estate’s wine and viticulture.”   They worked with Steve McIntyre to become SIP Certified, developing a sustainable program specific to their vineyards unique conditions. 



Wrath Tasting Room features four top varietals, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. 




That is it for this review - it is clear, if you are looking for a wine experience, downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea has a great deal!  The Wine Passport at $100.  Drink responsibly, stay in one of our hotels, and walk to all our wine rooms. Remember, currently the Passport has no expiration.  

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For an interactive map from GPSmyCity for many of my blog post please visit this site.


All pictures by L. A. Momboisse unless listed below: