Working with wine makers who are truly passionate about their art, Trio Carmel has chosen 3 wineries to offer for tasting in their store including Pelerin, Ian Brand & Family, and Mesa Del Sol wines. Drop by and do some wine tasting at your leisure. We are always tasting a flight of five wines made up from the 3 wineries. And, you might just run into one of our winemakers behind the Tasting Bar!
Pelerin is the French word for pilgrim. The motif represents an old world traveler on his humble journey and is emblematic of Chris Weidemann’s quest to produce top-level wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. Building on exceptional quality fruit, Chris is dedicated to traditional winemaking methods and to the creation of well-balanced wines with intensity, richness and multi-layered complexity. In true artisan style, Chris strives to express uniqueness and deliciousness in the wines, as well as to convey our passion and creativity to the people who enjoy them. Chris received his degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC, Davis, in 1995. After graduation he worked at Newton Vineyard in Napa and Morgan Winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands before starting his own winery in 2002. He’s also consulting winemaker at Paraiso Vineyards.
background for winemaking. He learned winemaking at Bonny Doon, became assistant winemaker at Big Basin, and in 2007 partnered with John Allen, owner of Coastview Vineyard, in making Coastview Vineyard and Le P’tit Paysan wines. Ian is also winemaker at De Tierra Vineyard and consults for Pierce Ranch Vineyards in Monterey County.
Climate and geography play a large part in making Mesa Del Sol wines spectacular. In 1998 Salinas-born agricultural innovator Jake Hougham and his wife Ann purchased this spectacular and historical piece of land that has produced award-winning wines. Lean rocky soils have been nurtured with organic farming practices where cover cropping and composting the fields provide a yearly dose of organic matter. Past harvests have brought Mesa Del Sol accolades; most notably the 2002 Hunter Hill Mesa Del Sol Syrah took "Best in Show" at the 2005 California State Fair Wine Competition. The Syrah was chosen as number one from a field of 2,800 wines