Tasting Something New and Unusual

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    Hayne Palmour IV/North County Times

    Restaurants, buyers and industry pros packed the Del Mar Fairgrounds for an all-day event that brought consumers new and unusual wines from family-owned wineries all across the state, including two local wineries.

    Hundreds of people paid an average of $50 for the chance to taste more than 750 wines at the Family Winemakers of California's Second San Diego Tasting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Sunday, according to our media partners The North County Times.

    The 200 family-owned winemakers that poured at the event ranged from established ones that produce as many as 300,000 cases a year, to startups such as Patel Winery that make just over 100 cases per year.

    "I've been to many wine tastings and this is over-the-top fabulous," Kathryn White of Palm Springs told the North County Times. "It supports local, small businesses and the quality of the wines is exceptional."

    Two area winemakers were pouring ---- Fallbrook Winery of Fallbrook and Falkner Winery of Temecula.

    "There are actually quite a few people that are surprised by the quality of wine that is coming out of San Diego County," said Vernon Kindred, one of the two winemakers at Fallbrook Winery. "They aren't surprised that there is a winery in Fallbrook; they are surprised when they taste the wine."

    Read the full article in the North County Times.