I was in my car today listening to KPBS and they were talking about local Holiday gift ideas. The conversation turned to wine tasting out of the San Diego area. I called in and lucky me, made it on the air! I informed Alison St. John of the 70 wineries operating in San Diego and Ramona. Click the KPBS logo at left to hear me…in my own words, jump to 10 minutes 30 seconds; 10:30.
As Assistant Winemaker to chief Winemaker, Linda McWilliams at San Pasqual Winery, we are pleased to announce the release of a few of our outstanding wines. One of my favorites is the 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was quite a challenge for us during fermentation. Linda and I stopped by the winery after class late one night to find that the fermentation was up to 99 degrees; too hot.
High temperatures like this will kill the yeast and stop fermentation. Linda and I were faced with the situation of needing to bring the temperature down without adding water to the Must. Looking around the winery, I noticed that we had shrink wrap. From there we bought blocks of ice, encased them in the shrink wrap, sterilized them, and added them to the Must, introducing them into the macro bin of fermenting wine. This tactic was successful in lowering the temperature, allowing the wine to complete its fermentation.
We just released this vintage. This Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich and full bodied flavor, low in tannin. This is an excellently balanced wine; though hot due to an alcohol content of 15.4%. This does not take away from the taste. Currently this is my favorite among our wines.
As a native San Diegan I have always loved going to the mountains around San Diego and exploring the natural beauty. The quaint town of Julian, about an hour out of town, at 5000’ has been my favorite escape. For the last 15 years my favorite local winery has been Witch Creek Winery, to visit one of my favorite personalities and winery ambassadors, Tina Martin, and her sister Tammy.
Tammy the Good Witch
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Check out this travel blog The Provence Post featuring St. Remy’s Transhumance Festival, the annual ‘Pilates Getaway’, and a photo exhibit in Arles known as the Rencontres, and.…. *drumroll*.….… THEWINEBEARER! Darrell’s unique invention is bringing earned notoriety to our emerging American Viticultural Area, (AVA).
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Darrell received a letter of commendation over his invention, hand signed by none other than Dianne Jacob, honorable Supervisor of the Second District. Congratulations Darrell for this latest acknowledgement. A framed copy will be on display at the San Pasqual Winery. Come on down, check it out, and enjoy some chilled Passion Fruit Habanero on this beautiful summer evening.
The 2009 Nebbiolo is almost gone! 3 bottles left from 19 Saturday. I don’t think there will be any tomorrow so if you want it.…come to the La Mesa Tasting room & get it quickly. We close at 8 pm tonight. For directions click here.
Brenda Nason, event coordinator for the San Pasqual Winery was featured in The La Mesa Patch.
Come on down to the tasting room and try our 2008 Dry Creek Chardonnay before it’s gone. We are down to our last 2 cases. The Vignes is gone. For more info on San Pasqual Winery, check us out on Facebook.
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