Stomp or sip: It’s time to celebrate California Wine Month

Explore the state’s magical sparkling, white, rosé and red juice at events throughout San Diego and beyond


We consider every month is California Wine Month, but September is when the state’s wineries, tasting rooms and
eno-centric restaurants pull out all the stops to celebrate the state’s magic juice, whether sparkling, white, rosé or red.

While we’d rather sip than stomp, at least two wine events this month feature grape stomping — the Ramona Grape Stomp and Coasterra’s 3rd Annual Wine Fest (which will showcase San Diego Critics Challenge winning wines).

September is also the perfect time to visit your local urban tasting room or bona fide rural winery, like Escondido’s Hungry Hawk Vineyards, which features live music on the weekends throughout the month.

California Wine Month

Events throughout September. Various locations, including the Ramona Grape Stomp (2-7 p.m. Saturday, Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona. $10 for five tastes., live music at Hungry Hawk Vineyards (2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 29. 3255 Summit Drive, Escondido. 760-489-1758., and Coasterra’s 3rd Annual Wine Fest (noon-3 p.m. Sept. 28. 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island. $40. 619-814-1300.) For a statewide listing of events, see