We would like to introduce you to a new winery in San Diego — Rustic Ridge Vineyards. They just opened their doors a few months ago and are located southeast of San Diego in the hills of Jamul. They boast it’s the only winery with a view of the Coronado Islands and Point Loma!
This small boutique rustic winery is run by Kerri and Rusty. On the weekends you will find them moving about serving wine, pizza and talking about their wines. Rusty is in the fifth year of making his selection of wines — Sauvignon Blanc , Rosé of Malbec, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. He sources grapes from local vineyards (South Coast AVA), Sonoma and Paso Robles.
We started off our tasting with a Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc that was truly refreshing. The 00 of Malbec was a beautiful color of pink and had aromas of floral strawberry and hint of spice with fruit forward strawberry & melon flavors, perfect for the summer (we purchased a couple bottles it was so nice). The Pinot Noir was good and went well with cranberry goat cheese. The Malbec was enjoyable but if you were thinking of Argentina then this was not that style. The Cabernet Sauvignon was from Paso Robles and very drinkable, but I wish it had been aged in oak.
We really enjoyed the warmer weather, blue sky, sitting outside and sipping wine in the fresh air with friends. There was even a guitarist filling the air with music. We recommend a visit to Rustic Ridge Vineyards on Lyons Valley Road, you will love the hospitality, the view and of course the wine!