Downtown Carmel charms.

If you find yourself by the Pacific coast in or around Highway 1 later this summer, you may want to mark this wine event on your calendar. Over 40 wineries will be on hand, pouring  200 wines at the 20th annual Winemakers’ Celebration in Carmel in August.

The outdoor summer festival includes culinary samples, jazz music, winemaking displays, and a silent auction.

According to organizers, winemakers on hand will include: Gianni Abate (Morgan Winery), Bill Anderson (Chateau Julien), Steve Pessagno (Pessagno Winery), and Paul Clifton Hahn (Hahn Wines).

Team Stark encourages budding oenophiles, casual wine tasters, and those that just love the beauty of Carmel (is that one gorgeous town or what?) to give this event the once over.

Those that enjoy exploring wines likely know that these large public tastings are some of the best ways to educate your palate, and learn more about wine by talking directly with the folks that make it. Here’s some quick hints on topics to get them started. Canopy Management: What’s hot or not? Yeast: Oh, how I love thee. Fruit: Go big or go home? Alcohol levels: What, me worry?! Three-buck-chuck: End of an era?

Like last year wine purchases will be available to take home immediately at the event itself. If your cellar is bursting out with too much Napa and Sonoma bottles, this could be a good opportunity to round things out with some Monterey County vino.

As always, Stark rules apply for large public tastings:

Wear something white – you want to proudly showcase all of your red wine stains as badges of honor. Don’t spit. This is great wine. Enjoy it. Live a little!

TIP: If you’re making travel plans, consider heading south to 17 mile drive after the wine tasting. Located just minutes away, the views are spectacular, and the winding drive is a welcome break from social media overload (see: View from 17 mile drive & Caymus Caymus Cabernet Tasting: 8 Vintage Napa Valley Retrospective).

San Francisco Bay Area Food and WineMonterey’s 20th Annual Winemakers’ Celebration

Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association

Barnyard, Carmel

August 11, 2012
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Tickets: $35 in advance / $45 day of event / $15 Designated Driver

Participating Wineries

Bernardus Winery
Boekenoogen Vineyards & WineryBlair Estate
Carcaccoli Cellars
Carmel Road
Chalone Vineyard
Chateau Julien Wine Estate
Cima Collina
Dawn’s Dream
De Tierra Vineyards
DFV Wines
Figge Cellars
Galante Vineyards
Hahn SLH Estate Winery
Holman Ranch Vineyards
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Kori Wines
La Rochelle Winery
Line Shack Winery
Manzoni Cellars
Marin’s Vineyard
Mercy Vineyards
Michaud Vineyard
Morgan Winery
Otter Cove Wines
Paraiso Vineyards
Pelerin Wines
Pessagno Winery
Pierce Vineyards
Puma Road
Saint’s Valley Winery
Shale Canyon Winery
Scheid Vineyards
Silvestri Vineyards
Sycamore Cellars Family Estate
The Coastview Vineyard & Le P’tit Paysan
Ventana / LeMistral
Wente Vineyards
Wrath Wines

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