Welcome to Casa Carmen
An unpretentious place to drink well, eat well, and enjoy good company.
A boutique family winery producing small lot craft wines and vermouth.
Serving wine and tapas, our tasting room is created in the spirit of the traditional wine bodegas of Spain and South America—an unpretentious place to drink well, eat well, and enjoy good company.
Together, these wizards of bonhomie have conjured up all sorts of new opportunities for the good people of Chestertown to gather together over a bottle of wine and a plate of paella—working their community magic and paving the future for their young business along the way.
Casa Carmen has developed an exceptional collection of wines. Not only for our region, but when we compare them against our national and international selections. They are well balanced, flavorful, and easily enjoyed with and without food.
Brothers Enrique and Felipe Pallares are combining the competitive drive that led them to become professional polo players with the entrepreneurial spirit passed down by their pioneering predecessors in an effort to create world-class wine.
Our 2020 Viognier is Here
Viognier fills the air to the brim with white spring flowers and sweet sap. It is nature's panche—flamboyant, fragrant, and incurably baroque.
In Search of El Duende
Spring 2021 Letter
To say something is “drinkable” often sounds as if one is saying that it is barely palatable. Instead, winemakers and critics often favor adjectives like nuanced, complex, subtle, sublime, layered, deep, unique, etc. And there is nothing inherently wrong with these adjectives. The problem is that they oftenreflect a preference for...
Winter 2021 Letter
It is said that when travelers arrived to visit the great philosopher Heraclitus in his home, they were astounded at finding him sitting in his kitchen. They stood on the doorway, perplexed at seeing him in such a humble place. But he invited them in saying, “here too the gods are...
Fall 2020 Letter
Beauty always persists. And despite the chaos, we can never forget Leonard Cohen’s reminder that “Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows.” In fact, it is the darkest darkness that makes light shine ever brighter. This is why the simple things, from a passing interaction with another to a morning view...