Prime Cru Presents: Winemakers of San Diego County Forum

Posted on January 20, 2014


winemakers of San Diego

Winemakers of San Diego County will be joining me in a forum where we will ask the probing question, “are there any good wines being produced in San Diego County?”  It seems as though we might hear about Virginia wine or Texas wine before we hear about wine from San Diego.  I think that is interesting since San Diego sits between two world-famous growing regions, Santa Barbara and The Guadalupe Valley.  San Diego County has been producing wines since the 1850’s.  That’s longer than places like Napa and Sonoma.  But why has it not received the wine world’s attention?

If you have ever gone on a wine tasting tour through Temecula (Riverside County) you might have come across wines such as Almond Sparkling wine and Zinfandel port.  It seems that most of the wineries in this area sell more sweet wines than dry wines.  Temecula has built a tourist destination which has paid off for them very nicely. Why is that?  Is it the people want sweet wines?  Is it that the region is not able to produce dry wines of quality?  What differs them from San Diego wineries?   Will we ever get the wine world to take us seriously?

This February I will be hosting two wine seminars to hopefully answer these questions.  I have invited top winemakers of San Diego County for a round table forum where we will ask probing questions and taste through the region’s wines.  Joining us is one of the newer winemakers of the region, Chris Broomell of Vesper Vineyards.  Chris is pushing the limits in San Diego and experimenting with off beat varieties including Carignan, Grenache Blanc and Pinot Noir from Rancho Santa Fé.  Also joining us are ex-fire chief turned winemaker Jeff Bowman of The Screaming Chief and Mick Dragoo of Belle Marie Winery in Escondido. Jeff is the new guy on the scene and his winemaker, Mick has several decades of experience in San Diego.  Finally, Justin Mund of Orfilia Vineyards, the largest San Diego County winery will also share his insight.  Justin was the winemaker at Laetitia Vineyards in the Arroyo Grande.  Find out what brought him to San Diego and where the future lies for him and other winemakers of San Diego County.

I hope that you can make our first wine round table.  We will hold it twice, once in San Diego at Island Prime Restaurant and another time in North County at Vintana in Escondido.  To make reservations call the restaurant you’d like to attend or follow this link and buy your ticket online.

Saturday, February 22nd San Diego, CA:  Island Prime Restaurant 880 Harbor Island Drive 92101
Buy Tickets



Wednesday, February 26th Escondido, CA: Vintana Restaurant 1205 Auto Park Way Escondido 92029
Buy Tickets


Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *