The wine producing region around San Deigo is widely known as one of the finest areas for production of many wine varietals. Some of the more popular wineries in the San Diego area are still more like the boutique wineries that are cropping up all over the united states. San Diego now claims to have more than fifty wineries, and is one of the fastest growing wine destination areas in the western U.S. Whenever I am searching for a nice bottle of wine to give as a gift I usually look for an interesting label, and I will also look for an interestingly unique name of the winery itself. To me the more interesting the name on the bottle, then it is more than likely that the wine will be very interesting as well.
So to my way of thinking you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Granache Noir from the “Woof ‘n Rose Winery” in Ramona CA, which is part of the San Diego Wine Country. This Grenache Noir is a simple red wine with complex berry flavors, and a spice note that lingers nicely. It is high in alcohol content, which rounds out the rest of this wines subtle character. A bottle of this Grenache Noir costs about $18-$22. This Winery does limited production runs, so you have to seek out the venues where they are sampling or selling these fine wines. You would be wise to search the wine sections of the local newspapers, or call the winery directly to ask where they will be. It turns out that the Grenache Noir grape which they use to perfection, has quite a history in the world of wines, as it is one of the most planted red wine grapes on the planet!
For a unique taste of wine in San Diego I have visited the Hacienda De Las Rosas Winery with a co-worker who lives in San Diego. The Traditional setting in Old Town San Diego is worth the price of a ticket to fly out there to see this place! They offer traditional Spanish wines which are grown in a similar climate to that of Spain. When you do get over to Old Town San Diego, and you find this winery, I would recommend you try the Cava, which is a Spanish sparkling wine made in the traditional method of the French Sparkling Wines called Champagne! The Spanish versions are made from white grape varieties like the Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-Lo. Their logo is a cool looking Golden Peruvian Paso horse with the Motto “Drink Fine Wine… Ride Fine Horses” you will not spend too much more than $15 on a bottle of wine here, unless you stay way too late like Paco and I did!
Merlot lovers will really enjoy their Maximus Merlot. This wine was named after their Black Stallion, and is a smooth Big Red which has a drier finish.
With a name like Schwaesdall Winery, you would think that says it all, but this little place is a truly beautiful sight to behold. Their view is one of the finest of any small winery on the west coast. They make a Petite Sirah that is a real gem. It has a medium light mouth feel, and just a moderately deep plum purple color. There was a strong grape taste, but it was also slightly flowery, fruity, and peppery, also was slightly acidic, and high in alcohol. You can pay between $16 and $20 per bottle, but don’t go there just for the good tasting wines, go there for the ambiance, with their view of Iron Mountain it is a really nice place to sip and relax.
And then there is Bernardo Winery, which is a real “Must See” on any tour of San Diego Wine Country. This one place is a worthy wine destination. There is a lot to see and do all in one location! They offer more than just fine wines, there is a bakery, tasting room, village artisan shops, a Cafe, and a coffee shop. This place has been there for more than a century, and it is still family owned, and is still going strong. Once you find the tasting room, you will want to try their White Riesling, which is a really outstanding example of a grape coming into it’s own environment. The climate in this region is perfect for this grape, and the Riesling made here is one of the finest in the entire united states. The one I sampled was semi sweet, and had such deliciously flowery aromas it was hard to stop smelling it and start drinking instead. These will typically sell for $16 to $18 per bottle. If you only have time to visit one winery in San Diego Wine Country, I really believe that you should extend your stay! But seriously, Bernardo Winery is a really great place to visit if you are ever in the Wine Country of San Diego!
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