The VinDiego 2018 Journals

The VinDiego Wine & Food Festival is becoming one of San Diego’s top events for wine lovers.  This year’s setting was in the picturesque area of Liberty Station.  The atmosphere and weather could not have been better, as for the wine and food, excellent!  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and since I don’t like long blogs, we are going to show lots of pictures with short comments on the wines, allowing you to further explore the various wines on your own adventure.  But before we do that, a few comments and suggestions on attending a Wine & Food Festival.


  • Bring a hat and sunscreen if the event is outside.
  • Start with Food first before they run out.
  • Don’t try to visit every booth, choose wisely!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, they want to help you and explain their wine.
  • Take breaks from tasting.
  • Have a designated driver.

Photo Journal VinDiego 2018

Hillary (Cabernet) – Fruity bouquet with oak notes.  Strawberry and light Spice.  



Katherine (Cabernet) – Full bodied fruity front side not much oak and some nice pepper notes.   



Zin Zin (Zinfandel) – Floral bouquet.  Plum and toast on the tongue, very light, not much finish.




Acaibo (Red Blend) – Jammy with plum notes.  Easy on the palette.  




Amaino (Cabernet Blend) Fruity with some licorice notes.  Needs to be enjoyed now.




Rammazzoti (Sangiovese) – Light with strong grape aroma.  Well balanced and jammy.  This was one of our favorite makers! 





Mezzanotte (Primotivo/Syrah Blend) – Medium bodied, well balanced and oak notes with fruity overtones.  Great with Hamburger’s and Cheese.  The Winemaker started winemaking in his garage with no training.  Wow!  We give this .






Niner (Cabernet Blend) – Strong fruity cherry notes with a faint oakness.  Smooth and ready to drink.




Nice Wine Aerator !





Honorable Mention – Nice easy drinking wines that are up and coming cellars.

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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