Your ticket includes: unlimited access to 150+ wineries from 20+ California appellations pouring over 30 varietals and 500 different wines; commemorative wine glass; a great variety of Kerrygold cheeses; on site deli. Wine orders may be placed at this tasting, to be shipped from the winery. Many wineries will be offering special pricing on shipping and/or select wines.
This is the most comprehensive tasting of California wines in the San Diego area -- the largest number of wineries; an enormous range of varietals; wine growing appellations from all over the state. This is a Family Winemakers tasting, which means that many of the wineries are small (under 5000 cases), have limited marketing outreach, and will be represented by family members. Over 25 wineries in this year's tasting will be pouring with us for the first time, giving you a taste of the new kids on the block. You can sample new releases from your classic favorites and from wineries just selling their first vintages. Check out varietals you've never heard of (Vermentino? Tannat?) or your best-loved Cabs and Chardonnays. This well-respected tasting is a once-a-year opportunity to tour and taste California's wine country under one (very large!) roof.
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No one under 21 admitted, including infants.
In 1988, post-Prohibition history was made in the wine world: the dollar value of “premium” California wine sales surpassed that of “jug” wines. The state’s small, family-owned wineries needed a political presence to influence decisions affecting their segment of the wine industry. A few movers and shakers met over many months and, in 1990, Family Winemakers of California was born. In short order, it was agreed that a marketing activity was also needed in order to present the members' wines to their potential customers. The staff of many of the members consisted of the owner, the spouse, and, if they were lucky, the kids -- they needed a way to bring their customers to them. The first Family Winemakers tasting was held in San Francisco in 1991; 47 wineries poured, 350 members of the trade attended, what a success!
A couple of decades later, the tasting has expanded to 3 cities (San Francisco, San Diego, and Pasadena), showcases hundreds of member wineries, and attracts audiences in the thousands. The original idea, however, hasn't changed. California's small, family owned wineries pour their wines at the Family Winemakers tasting to make a direct connection with you, their customer. Each has a unique story to tell and unique wines to pour. To make the most of our tasting, do some homework -- use our website to see who will be there, who they are, and what they're pouring. It's a once-a-year opportunity to meet, greet, and taste the best of California wines.
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