As a long time wino and cork dork (AKA Snobby Wine Enthusiast), I just haven't been that impressed with the wine from this area. Sure I have had some decent wine from our local wineries but I have never had that "wow" factor, and have always come away from tastings thinking that for even the best wines, " I could get so much more value from other wine regions" (especially Paso Robles). I have found with very few exceptions, that the best wines made in San Diego County and even Temecula source most of their grapes from elsewhere (> 95%).
This weekend I had a bit of a wine revelation while attending Jair Tellez's pop-up at El Take It Easy (Extraordinary BTW!). A brilliant Mourvedre dry Rose just hit it out of the park and a bright well balanced Pinot Noir surprised the hell out of me. And the amazing thing is that it wasn't a Mexican winery but a Local San Diego one! Even more amazing was that the winery, Vesper, out of Valley Center, sources all their grapes from San Diego vineyards. The winemakers Chris and Alysha really have a clear vision and know what they're doing.
Well that really got me thinking about I might be missing. What other local wines are great that I just might not have tried? Anybody have any favorite local (So Cal & Baja) juice recommendations? TIA