Stomping grapes in the mountains
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September 3rd, 2005 – by: cneoridium
Julian is a little town up in the Laguna Mountains above San Diego. They're not big (2000m), but you can swim in the ocean in the morning, drive up into the pine trees in 40 minutes, then drive down the backside to the desert in another 30. The town itself is just some tourist shops, but you can hike the surrounding trails, visit gold mines, eat the famous apple pie. Make sure to drive around some while you're up there.
Everyone turns out for the Grape Stomp
...there's not a lot else to do there (I lived in Julian for a while). The owners of the vineyards set up little booths where you can taste their wines and find out what they're up to. There's music, dancing, food- all the things you'd expect at something like this. The host winery shows you the winemaking process. In this case, it's some fermenting tanks in an old barn.
Now the downside to this is that most of the wines are ...pretty awful. I always feel bad because the owners are so proud of their work, and it's really hard not to make a face ...or reach for the phone to call the Poison Control hotline... while they're asking you how you like it.
It is pretty fun though, and there really are a few good wines. The Muscat and Viognier seem to do pretty well in the hot, dry climate.
Try to stop by if you're ever in the area on that weekend. Wear something cool since it's usually over a 100 degrees , and make sure you don't mind getting dyed purple by grape juice while you're stomping.
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