As you drop down into the Carmel Valley, the sweeping views are simply stunning. We followed our GPS to the address plugged in and saw the signs for Holman Ranch. As we proceeded up the driveway, we saw a sign urging us to turn around. We drove a bit further and asked the workers we saw if we were in the right place. They didn’t speak English. Feeling hopelessly lost and with our assigned meeting time fast approaching, we drove down the hill into town and pulled into a shopping plaza where we found the Holman Ranch tasting room. It seems we had turned around just a bit prematurely. We headed back to the ranch and met Nick Elliott who was waiting to take our small group on a tour of this stunning property.
I promised I’d tell you how you can visit this extraordinary place. Holman Ranch wine club members are welcome to visit the property and stay the night. You can also visit and stay if you book an event there. Either option is a wise choice. The wines are lovely and the property is magnificent. We can’t wait for our next visit!
Chef Jérome Viel’s Dijon Vinaigrette
Servings: Makes about 1.5cup
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
- 2 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1 cup Holman Ranch extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup Chopped Parsley and basil.
Whisk lemon juice, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and garlic in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add parsley and basil.
Tom Plant launched WINEormous in 2009 and is a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. Based in Temecula, California, he offers intimate winery tours for no more than seven people. Tour details and pricing are available at www.temecula-tours.com. Call now to book your Temecula Winery Tour at (951) 907-9701! Ask about special discounts.