Hello again! Just got back from some vacay about a week ago and I’m always amazed at how I need a vacation to recover from my vacation! In any case, we had a great time in California and certainly came back with strong opinions on many things. One of those is that we somehow stayed at the right place in Napa. This was the view from the window in our room:
B and I are planners, but we still managed to go with the flow a bit and change things up as we went along. Our general plan to start in the Monterey/Pacific Grove area was a good one. Driving south from San Francisco on a Friday is not something I enjoy, but I suspect that leaving SF to go anywhere on a Friday night would be not enjoyable. We stayed at the Gosby House Inn in Pacific Grove which I would highly recommend. The Inn was fine, but “reasonably” priced (for the area) and the location was great. Wine wise, we did head into to Carmel Valley Village and had a great time at Talbott (more later). Instead of Boekenoogen and Bernardus, we made our way to a couple of other tasting rooms. And we took a break from wine tasting for a day (sorry Pierce Ranch and Taste of Monterey) to walk along the Pacific and take in some views. This just means more to do when we go back!
While at Talbott we learned that Winemaker Dan Karlsen has his own wine label Chock Rock… So of course we had to wander down there (more later). We had a great time talking to Dan’s son Rob, who reminded B and I of Bo Barrett from the movie Bottle Shock. We also really liked their wines. Can’t wait to drink more. We also received a free tasting while at Talbott for Joullian winery. And well, free is hard to resist so we wandered over there.
The woman pouring for us at Joullian was very talkative and friendly, so we had a lovely time there. No wine reviews at the moment, but suffice to say that we liked some of their wines quite a bit and others not so much. They have a beautiful tasting room and friendly staff, so I’d go back for sure.
We did more than just wine in Monterey. We had our anniversary dinner at Aubergine in Carmel. I have much to say on this (we had a great time and spent a great deal), but I don’t want to bore you all at once. We also headed out to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, walked along the Pacific (very different from the Atlantic), and had a couple of other good meals.
All in all, the Monterey portion of our trip was great fun and I look forward to returning to that area of California. I’ll wrap up Napa later, but to paraphrase Rob (from Chock Rock): “It’s not like this in Napa.”
Gosby House Inn: Would stay here again. Comfortable, good value, good location. Loved Pacific Grove, easy walk to Monterey.
Chock Rock: Wow! Glad we learned about this wine and we had a great time chatting with Rob Karlsen.
Joullian: Huh. Pretty good overall, lovely tasting room.
Aubergine: Two expensive thumbs up!
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Where did the time go? Got some great pics!