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Nov 30, 2013 02:00 PM

Any recommendations: winery in Ramona?

Looking to find some local decent reds and whites to send to relatives in Ohio. Have been hearing about Ramona as an up and coming wine area. Any hits or misses that you know of? Thanks.

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  1. Not Ramona but, in Escondido is Orfila Vineyards with a pretty good choice of varietals that are reasonably priced.

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    1. re: cstr

      Thanks. Had forgotten all about them--it's been years since we've been there. Since the Chargers aren't on TV today, may be field trip time.

      Edited: BTW, it's, for anyone looking. Gracias.

      1. re: cstr

        Orfilia's Benign Neglect Syrah is very enjoyable.

        1. re: wanker

          Rats, 1 got 2 Syrahs, but the Petite (a 2011 and a 2006). We did a tasting, and I liked those. The only red I outright didn't care for was the Zin--didn't help that it had sediment, too.

          Also liked (& bought) the Full Fathom Five red blend.

      2. Surprisingly, Ramona wines have a lot of the French varietals beat in taste offs..and can hold a candle to some wines coming out of Napa.

        My faves are Salerno, Milagro Farms Vineyard, Turtle Rock Ridge.
        Woof n' Rose has great reds.


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        1. re: Beach Chick

          Thanks Beach Chick for the references. A lot of them are new to me.

          Don't Forget Shadow Mountain past Warner Springs. Small family run operation at over 3,000 ft that makes some very distinctive and (to my tastebuds at least) good wines.

          1. re: Ed Dibble

            Love Shadow Mountain. I'm not a white wine drinker, per se, but their viognier is quite good.

            1. re: phee

              That would be a great drive, too. Thanks for the recommendation.

        2. We like Pamo Valley - Locally owned vineyard and estate bottled reds and whites. Tasting room on 78 in the middle of town.

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          1. re: araknd

            We wanted to go there, but they're not open on weekdays (or at least, on Fridays, till p.m.). I know small wineries must struggle with availability, but we really prefer shopping on off days/hours (but we've heard good things about Pamo). Some of the others (one that Beach Chick recommended, but sorry, can't recall which) doesn't ship and/or doesn't take credit cards.

            We ended up at Orfila. Tasted some decent wines & sent the bottles via them, too. Very convenient.

            When we want to buy, just for us, we'll head to Ramona. Thanks, all.