2018 VinDiego Wine Festival

2018 VinDiego was a wonderful wine festival featuring Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Lodi, Santa Barbara, Oregon and Washington with a few from San Diego/Temecula areas.  Some of my favorite wines were GoldSchmidt Cabernet from Alexander Valley and Ramazzotti Regale also from Alexander Valley.  These two red wines really stood out.  Niner Wine Estates Cabernet from Paso Robles was another red that stood out from other tastings. Food was outstanding from local restaurants like Luna Grill, Florent, Solare, Studio Diner and Gelson with the cheeses!  It seems the four hours we were there weren’t long enough!  The food ran out (Luna Grill) which was a bummer but the wine didn’t! Some of my favorites were Solare’s Sicilian Butternut Squash Soup, Florent Short Ribs, Flagship Cruises’s Lobster Arancini and Luna Grill Mediterranean Chicken Salad. We strongly suggest that you mark your calendar for next year and opt for the VIP ticket, you get an extra hour to taste! More notes to come on wine tastings at the event!!!    

About myredwineguys

My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds. Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's. Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine! Thank you for visiting our site! We hope you enjoy a glass of exceptional red wine soon!
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