Mark C. Anderson, the Managing Editor at the Monterey County Weekly and a mentor of mine, highlighted Caraccioli Cellars in Carmel in the latest edition of Edible Complex, the tantalizing food blog he writes for the Weekly.
Anderson, a local boy, knows food and wine…and music. And sports. As long as I’ve known him, he’s preferred the finer, often adventurous, things in life, trying stuff most people are too sheepish to even think about.
So when he says something is good I, and most of his readers, believe him. His latest venture to Caraccioli Cellars, Carmel’s newest wine bar, caught my eye because the place has only been open a few weeks and already the reviews are stellar. Or, even more telling, the place is cracking even at opening.
The Caracciolis are a wine family, with deep roots in the business. Their latest venture is the Cellars, a “lively-but-loungy, hip-but-old-world” tasting room, as Anderson writes. They also ferment their own sparkling and still Monterey County wines, a unique aspect and personal assurance that the staff will know what they’re talking about in describing and recommending wines.
I have yet to go there, but next time I’m in Carmel, I’m definitely planning a stop at the Caraccioli Cellars for a flight and some snacks.
If you head into Caraccioli Cellars, let me know what you think and what your favorite/least favorite thing about it was.