We attend a monthly wine tasting and pot luck, where we choose a particular wine reagion of the world and each show up with at least one bottle of wine fromn the region and a food dish that is representative of the region. We have done dozens of the usual suspects (Champagne, the Loire, Burgundy, Piedmont, Priorat, Rhone, Alsace, etc.) This month it’s San Diego County! Lots of good stuff happening from Los Pilares, Cactus Star, Orfila, Stehleon, Vesper, and Volcan Mtn. Have been particularly impressed with wines from Vesper (Chris Broomell), Los Pilares (a group effort), and Stehleon (Alysha Stehly). From Vesper their El Nido vineyard (Rancho Santa Fe) Pinot Noir was truely eye opening and was very much in a traditional Burgundian style, and their Rancho Guejito white and rose are both pretty tasty. Stehleon’s Sangiovese was also surprising good for just just 6 year old vines grown in Rancho Santa Fe. Very much like a traditional dry Italian Chianti. Los Pilares has been getting some terrific press and accolades from many in the wine world and their minimalistic natural wines are very food friendly and truly unique. Their standout wines are a pet nat spakling Moscato and a Carignane / Granche blend. Very different and both very enjoyable.
Do you have any San Diego favorites? Has anyone been on the SD winery tour?
Will report back after this weekend to let you all know what pleasant surprises and or disappointments were encountered at our tasting!