November 3, 2015 – The long-rumored move of Georis Wine across the street to the Carmel Valley Art Center is happening this week and the public is invited to a moving celebration at the new tasting room at 1 Pilot Rd. on Sunday, November 8. The new 2,000 sq. ft. space, inside the beautiful adobe-style art center, is more than double the size of the current tasting room. “There’s lots more indoor seating, so it will be more welcoming in bad weather,” says tasting room manager Ally Fisher, adding that they were anxious to make the move before El Niño hits this winter.
The new tasting room will display and sell paintings of owner Walter Georis and he has retained part of the center for his art studio, which visitors can view through a glass door. There will also be outdoor seating in the garden, which is planted with merlot vines, persimmon trees and cacti.
Fisher says they plan to simplify the food menu at the tasting room, serving just a few wine-friendly dishes like pizzas, charcuterie and cheese plates. Food is carried across the street from the Corkscrew Café, also owned by Georis.
The old tasting room—next door to Corkscrew—will not become a restaurant addition, but rather a separate private event space for weddings and receptions. “Currently we need to close the tasting room when it is used for special events, so the move will allow us to be open more, and we will also be able to use the old tasting room for wine club events,” adds Fisher.
The Moving Celebration and Showcase on Sunday, November 8 from 1-4pm will feature winemaker Damien Georis and a library tasting of large format wines from the 1980s and 1990s. It is free for wine club members, as well the general public.