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La Jolla urban winery pours on the quality

La Jolla urban winery pours on the quality

I'll admit that when I first heard about LJ Crafted Wines, in La Jolla, its premise sounded like a gimmick: Wine made almost entirely outside of San Diego flows directly from barrels that use a newfangled way to keep the juice fresh.

I'll also admit that after visiting the airy, hip Bird Rock urban winery's tasting room and trying 10 of LJ Crafted's 15 single varietals, I was more impressed with the polished quality of the wines than how they got into my glass. 

Sure, co-owner Lowell Jooste, a South African with

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