20th Anniversary of Winemakers’ Celebration to be Held in Carmel
(Monterey, CA)—Taste the finest wines and meet the innovative winemakers of Monterey Country at the 20th Annual Winemakers’ Celebration. On Saturday, August 11th from 1 to 4pm, over 40 wineries will pour over 150 wines at the outdoor summer festival. Hosted by Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVGA), the event will be held at the newly expanded Barnyard Shopping Village outdoor event area in Carmel. The event sold out in 2011 and this milestone anniversary is certain to generate enthusiasm for the growing wine region.
The Winemakers’ Celebration festivities will include:
- Meet-the-winemaker opportunities in an exclusive tasting of Monterey wines
- Culinary samples from international restaurants located in the Barnyard Shopping Village
- Dancing to local jazz favorite Red Beans & Rice
- Beautiful and informative displays on the winemaking process
- The bidding excitement of a silent auction including numerous lifestyle packages, special wine items, photo sessions, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, and more.
- A “Try & Buy Marketplace” where featured wineries and restaurants will offer guests special pricing to be enjoyed the day of the celebration and beyond.
Participants will indulge in great local food from the Barnyard restaurants, including: Pieces of Heaven, Lugano Swiss Bistro, From Scratch, Allegro Gourmet Pizzeria, Carmel Coffee Roasters, Bahama Island Steakhouse, Erik’s Deli Café and Flanagan’s Café. Vendors will include Chris’s Stuff, Pueblo Bonito, De Castro Family Olive Oil Company and Emi’s Biscotteria.
Tickets for the 20th Annual Winemakers’ Celebration, August 11, 2012 from 1-4 P.M. at The Barnyard in Carmel, are available online at www.MontereyWines.org or by calling 831.375.9400. $35 in advance / $45 day of event / $15 Designated Driver.
Nine American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) make up the world-class designation of Monterey County, including Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco, San Lucas, Hames Valley, Chalone, Carmel Valley, San Antonio Valley, and San Bernabe. The region’s 200 vineyards run from the cooler north, heavily influenced from the Monterey Bay, to the warmer southern end, influenced by late afternoon winds and resulting cool temperatures later in the day. At the Winemakers’ Celebration, vintners and growers will be on hand to discuss their craft and showcase how 42 varietals flourish in this singular winegrowing region.
The Barnyard Shopping Village is Carmel’s one-of-a-kind shopping haven. Situated on more than six acres, the open-air shopping village is an upscale collection of boutiques nestled into cascading gardens lined with red brick pathways. Located one mile south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, off of Highway 1 and Carmel Rancho Boulevard, the Barnyard Shopping Village boasts more than 45 locally-owned and operated shops and eight internationally-inspired restaurants and cafés, as well as a variety of professional services.
About the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association
Bringing together the talents and resources of its members, partners and the community, the MCVGA promotes and supports their leadership in the art, science and business of wine. Founded in 1974, the Association is a non-profit organization representing over 75 vintners and growers in Monterey, California. Additional details are available by visiting www.MontereyWines.org or by calling (831) 375-9400.