Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Wine in San Diego? Well, sure, there's some great wine venues in the Gaslamp District as well as the ever awesome Wine Bank, but actual wineries? Who knew? Avocados? Yes. San Diego County produces the lion's share of home grown avocados, but grapes? Then again, much of San Diego is blessed with a mild, Mediterranean climate that favors the vine. Perhaps the surprise is that San Diego isn't known for its wines.
Scattered almost randomly around the county are a growing number of wineries: 84 bonded or virtual at last count. The two largest of these, according to Wines Vines Analytics, each produce a scant 20,000 cases per year; 28 produce between 1,000 and 4,999 cases annually, and the majority (51 in all) have extremely limited production of less than 1,000 cases per year. Most have been established within the past 20 years.
San Diego certainly has the population and the income to support a thriving wine culture and it would be nothing less than awesome to see the success of Temecula's wine country spill over (heh) into San Diego County.
Whole story here.
Tip of the glass to Crispin Courtenay