See How Wine Is Made at Chateau Julien

    You’ve read about how wine is made.

     You may even have seen pictures of various parts of the process.

      But few people — other than winemakers and cellar rats  (those who

work in the cellars, not the rodents featured in “Ratatouille”) — get

to actually see the process up-close as it’s happening.

      But at Chateau Julien in California’s beautiful Carmel Valley,

guests will get to experience the passion and excitement as winemakers

Bill Anderson and Marta Kraftzeck host a lively evening of winemaking,

dining and tasting in the estate’s cellar.

     The date: September 21. The time: 7 p.m.

      Up to 20 tons of local Monterey County grapes will be harvested

and loaded onto trucks to arrive at this annual affair. Bill and Marta

then will guide the grapes through a French Demousey de-stemmer to

crush and ultimately pump juices into stainless steel vats for

fermentation. The entire winemaking crew will be on hand to bring this

experience to life for all event guests.

      After the work is complete, the winemakers will join guests for a

family-style dinner and wine tasting in the estate’s cellar. Chef Terry

Teplitzky of Michael’s Catering has prepared a hearty, scrumptious menu

to pair with Chateau Julien wines. Space is limited in the cellar, so

if you’re interested, make reservations early for this traditionally

sold-out event.

      DETAILS: Dress is casual and warm. Cost is $80 per person. Chateau

Julien Wine Estate is located at 8940 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel

Valley, California. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 831-624-2600.

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