I’ve been lucky enough to return to the ranch two more times, most recently this past November. I co-host a radio called Chords and Vines each Sunday afternoon with Kat Ellis. When I learned I’d be returning to Carmel, I looked into the possibility of broadcasting the show from there. The Hyatt Carmel Highlands graciously offered to host our show and put us up for the night.
We followed the curving road up the hill overlooking
We checked into our lovely room with its stunning oceans views, nibbled on some cheese and relaxed before heading back to the Inn itself for dinner at the Pacific’s Edge Restaurant. The evening cool had set in, so we opted to sit indoors instead of on the grand outdoor terrace. We saved that for breakfast the next morning. As I dined on some of the best corned beef hash I have ever tasted, Kat enjoyed a very tasty zucchini frittata. Tearing ourselves away wasn’t an easy task, but we had two more days with two more venues, so we bade a fond farewell.
Nick demands his wines be lovingly crafted with the utmost attention to detail. Their high-end Jarman label is, after all, a tribute to the memory of the late Jarman Lowder, whose daughter Hunter is Nick’s wife. Jarman and her husband Thomas purchased the Holman Ranch property and oversaw the restoration. Gleaming stainless steel tanks and majestic French oak barrels hold the yet-to-be bottle Holman Ranch and Jarman wines. The Chardonnay is produced with no malolactic fermentation, while the Pinot Noir does undergo it. The vineyards are certified organic, no small feat. The wines here are approachable and elegant and I highly recommend getting your hands on some.
We enjoyed a breakfast of quiche and fresh fruit in the Vendange lobby.These three days passed far too quickly for us. Carmel holds a very special place in our hearts and we’re anxious to create new memories there on a return visit.
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.