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Whither San Diego's Avocados?

ipsedixit Jan 30, 2013 07:53 PM

From the WSJ in an article titled "Thirsty Farmers Turn to Wine":


"Faced with skyrocketing water prices and an uncertain supply, avocado farmers in San Diego County, long the nation's top avocado-producing region, are uprooting their trees in favor of more water-efficient crops. Many are growing grapes and getting licenses to operate wineries. Others are replacing avocado trees with exotic flowers or specialty fruits that they can hawk at local farmers markets."

Read it all here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

  1. jmtreg Feb 4, 2013 04:47 PM

    Huh. . .it is interesting that San Diego County doesn't have great vineyards, considering that most of the county is rural, and that there are well-regarded wine-growing regions to the north (Temecula), and to the south (Guadalupe Valley). But I never really considered that the presence of an alternative crop - avocados - would or could hinder San Diego's wine industry.

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    1. re: jmtreg
      Beach Chick Feb 5, 2013 06:55 AM

      Ramona has over 80 wineries and the wine industry is exploding with vines and wines that are quite good.
      I see a lot of mixed use on the estates out here with avocados and vineyards...water is expensive.


      1. re: Beach Chick
        cstr Feb 6, 2013 09:40 AM

        Any favorites you can rec?

        1. re: cstr
          Beach Chick Feb 7, 2013 07:00 AM

          Schwaesdall winery has this meritage that would rival a Silver Oak...couldn't believe how good it was.
          Salerno winery..the owner is from Italy and sings opera.
          Cordiano winery..have not been but someone said they have brick oven pizza to go with your wine tasting.

          It's not Napa which I love but it's the 'country' version
          ; )

          1. re: Beach Chick
            cstr Feb 7, 2013 08:49 AM

            Wow...rival Silver Oak, back in the day I was collecting SO Bonnie Dune Vineyard, awesome! Looks like I have to get up to North County for some grape.

            1. re: cstr
              Beach Chick Feb 7, 2013 09:44 AM

              Ha ha ha..Bonnie Dune..funny garcon..
              Bonny Doon

              1. re: Beach Chick
                cstr Feb 7, 2013 10:03 AM

                That was a loooooong time ago.... I thought my gray matter did pretty well! That was some good grape!

                1. re: cstr
                  Beach Chick Feb 7, 2013 10:47 AM

                  I'll let that slide sledge..sure those synapses don't fire so well. .
                  I have respect for my elders!

                  Boony Doon is one hell of winery and you obviously, have fantastic taste!

                  1. re: Beach Chick
                    littlestevie Feb 7, 2013 11:51 AM

                    Hopefully they will have the wine tasting event that they had at the SD fair last year. It was behind the O'Brian pavilion in the gardens. There were about 40 wineries participating each pouring about 2 or 3 selections. It really gave me a good taste of what SD county can produce. While not up there with Napa or Sonoma, or even my beloved central coast, the wines were surprisingly good, a huge improvement in the last 10 years

                    1. re: Beach Chick
                      cstr Feb 7, 2013 04:24 PM

                      Wish they still produced it for SO. I also am fond of Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard, I still have some '86 Merlot.

              2. re: Beach Chick
                maestra Feb 10, 2013 08:57 AM

                I went to Cordiano late last spring for pizza and a tasting. The view on the patio was fabulous and some of the wine was quite good, but the pizza was lousy. I ate little of my portion, deciding it wasn't worth the calories and that I'd rather have a great dinner when I got home. I can't remember which wine I particularly enjoyed, but the price was a little steep and I did not take home a bottle.

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          cstr Feb 2, 2013 02:23 PM

          Most avocado's come from Mexico, I'd opt for a 'few' more quality vineyards while keeping our local crop of avocado's well maintained. Maybe Fallbrook for a great location?

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          1. re: cstr
            DiningDiva Feb 7, 2013 12:20 PM

            Up until about 3-5 years ago avocados were a protected crop in CA an Mexican avocados could not be imported. IIRC, the change happened after one of the big fires?

            I think BC hit the nail on the head, SD county farmers have had their water resources impacted and they are now paying more $$$ for less water making those avos pretty pricey to produce.

            1. re: DiningDiva
              cstr Feb 7, 2013 04:22 PM

              I remember it was about 3 years ago when imports started from Mex.

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            pickypicky Feb 2, 2013 12:01 PM

            Nice pun, ipse.

            (wither/whither. well, almost)

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              oerdin Feb 1, 2013 05:59 PM

              I like that we are getting more local wineries and hope that, in time, we could develop some respectable local wine producers. That said, please keep some of the avocado trees because they were a big part of my childhood hiking in the back country and see avocado trees on the hillsides.

              1. pRon Jan 31, 2013 08:37 AM

                All I saw was...

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                1. hill food Jan 30, 2013 07:59 PM

                  it's happening in TX as well. but then raising water-hungry crops like avocados or cotton in an arid place never made much sense.

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