Monterey County is one of California’s most diverse wine country regions and if you’re a fan of winery hopping, Carmel-by-the-Sea provides a one-stop hop.

No need to self-drive. No need for a private limo, Uber or Lyft. Leave the motor transport behind and indulge yourself with a Wine Tasting Passport.

In a town less than one mile from end to end, Carmel-by-the-Sea is popping with 14 participating wine tasting rooms situated along both sides of Ocean Avenue and with the Wine Tasting Passport, at a cost of $100, buyers are entitled to a “Wine Walk Flight” of up to four 1 oz. pours at your choice of any 10 on the trail. And don’t feel compelled to validate all the vouchers in one day to risk not waking a straight line. The pass doesn’t expire, so they can be spread out over a weekend, several weeks, or even months.

During this self-paced, self-guided stroll, oenophiles can take advantage of vintages including: Blair Estate Artisan Wines, Caraccioli Cellars, Carmel Road, Dawn’s Dream Winery, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Scheid Vineyards, Silvestri, Shale Canyon Wines, Smith Family Wines, Windy Oaks Estate, and Wrath Wines.

Wine Tasting Passports are available at the Carmel Visitor Center located in Carmel Plaza, 2nd floor, on Ocean Ave. between Junipero & Mission. And while there buying yourself a treat, canine-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea offers the opportunity to do the same for your dog at the Fountain of Woof, a constant running water fountain to keep your pooch hydrated.

Article by: Robert Kaufman