When something new debuts in Monterey County I love to be the first to check it out, especially when it involves wine. Holman Ranch recently added 19 acres of vineyards to its pristine property in Carmel Valley, which means I have a new estate wine to try! Holman Ranch Vineyards The tasting room, which opened this month, is located on Carmel Valley Road, just down the street from Holman Ranch’s headquarters. The rustic ambience is very cozy and would make for a great girls (or guys) day or evening adventure. The walls are decked out with beautiful photography from special events, mostly weddings, held at their property. During my visit, I was even lucky enough to enjoy live entertainment from classic guitarist Terrence Farrell. His music made me relaxed after a long work week, and this was even before the wine tasting began. Lounge area in the tasting room The first wine I tried was a 2010 Pinot Gris. The wine presented a sweet smell of honey and had a citrus aftertaste. Next up was a 2010 Rosé of Pinot Noir, which also happened to be my favorite; it smelled like strawberry jam and tasted just as good. The 2010 Chardonnay was a great follow up to the Rosé. I could see it being paired perfectly with a creamy seafood pasta. Last but not least, I tasted the 2009 Pinot Noir. It was delicious! Hunter Lowder, Holman Ranch’s Director of Hospitality, noted that the wine was aged for 12 months in French oak and contains a hint of tobacco. Holman Ranch Vineyards also produces a Sauvignon Blanc and even their own Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Rosé of Pinot Noir and appetizers Don’t miss the tasting room’s grand opening on November 26th and 27th from 1pm-4pm. Tickets to the grand opening are $5 and include wine tastings and appetizers. Both days will be full of prize drawings, live entertainment and holiday cheer! Holman Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room The Holman Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room is located at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Suite C in Carmel Valley, California. The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. The wine tasting fee is $5 per person; however the tasting fee is waived with the purchase of $50 or more in wine. For more information, call 831-659-2640 or visit http://www.holmanranch.com/vineyard_winery.