Galante Vineyards - Carmel Valley
Never underestimate the value of a drive through the 'back country' of an area in order to get to the good stuff. And so, that's exactly what the crew did on a recent leisurely day in between scouting film shoots in Carmel-By-The-Sea. 'So happens that one of the MDF crew spent most of her childhood weekends on this land otherwise, we probably would have never pointed our trusty 'ViviVan' in this direction. Having seen the Galante Vineyards tasting room in downtown Carmel would have sufficed but the "no, no, we need to go to the winery in the hills" insistence had us going on a junket that turned out to be a gold mine. If I didn't know better, I'd say we were being driven to a remote area to be 'disposed of' but as it turned out, the afternoon was pure wine tasting utopia. With a little oak flavor this and complex aromas that, our wine guide extraordinaire, Conor spent an ample hour with us during our private tour. From the cool (literally!) wine cave to the viewing of the private wine collection of the owners, this vineyard visit will go down in history as one of our favorite spontaneous jaunts. Two hours and two wine purchases later, we left aptly satisfied with our wine tasting excursion and a vow to come back to try their Cowpoke Pinot!