Festival celebrates wines made in San Diego


Wine lovers looking to explore the varietals being grown in their own backyard should enlist their favorite designated driver for a visit Saturday to the annual San Diego County Vintners Association’s 2019 Annual Wine Festival.

Featuring unlimited pours from more than 20 wineries, the festival puts a spotlight exclusively on wines being made in the county, from urban wineries like Gianni Buonomo Vintners in Ocean Beach to such longtime producers as Fallbrook’s Fallbrook Winery and Orfila Vineyards & Winery in Escondido.

Other participating wineries include Hungry Hawk Vineyards and Winery, Charlie and Echo, Forgotten Barrel — established on one of San Diego’s oldest vineyards, in Escondido — and Ramona’s Milagro Farm Winery, whose winemaker is the famed Bordeaux-trained Hugo D’Acosta, considered the Robert Mondavi of Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe.

2019 San Diego County Vintners Association Wine Festival

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. $55. 21 and over.