I know San Diego is not very close to any major CA wine regions. I will be there for 2 or 3 days visiting friends and was wondering if any of the smaller ava's are worth checking out? Any one have any specific experience with Ramona Valley or San Pasqual Valley?
any advice would be appreciated...
There is always Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico to check out if you are not interested in heading up to Temecula. Depending on where in San Diego you will be, but assuming you are close to the gaslamp district.... Valle de Guadalupe is about 90 miles away.
Have to second the vote for Valle De Guadalupe. One of the most fun regions I've visited. Don't think twice about the trip into Baja MX, always had and awesome time with zero problems. Easy drive from SD.
The Valle de Guadalupe is a full day trip , but the food and wine scene is definitely worth checking out. Let me know if you're interested and I can help out connecting you to a few people and places down there (work for an importer of Valle wines)...
If you do want to stick with Ramona, I have a connection with the Ramona Valley Vintners association. Ramona has a high concentration of vineyards, I suppose, so it would be easy to visit many at once but there is a little more consistency in the Valle. And I have honesty never been impressed by Temecula wine. As native Southern Californian, I would love to be proven wrong. But Temecula is almost as far from downtown San Diego as the Valle de Guadalupe, depending on traffic.
Molly Brooks thank you so much for the offer, my trip got postponed but I will hit you up on the offer as soon as it gets rescheduled!