I don’t know about you but sometimes I like to just turn left or right during a journey to explore. This very thing happened on a recent trip or better said adventure with Kim, our friend Kelly (@DP_SNFoodies) and Austin the author of Hungry Dogg when we on our way to Julian to pick some apples and bring home their famous apple pie. On our way, Austin found a winery in the Escondido valley. We were thinking we would want to try some wine, and were especially intrigued when the one he found also served pizza. Thank you Austin for being bored and playing with your smart phone.
Cordiano Winery is a family-run winery with some amazing wines. They have been making wine for about 10 years and have a great selection to choose from. Their tasting was $10 per person and we got to try seven wines. Each one built on the next and we were not disappointed.
That was not the best part. This family use to own a successful chain of pizzerias on the east coast and in San Diego. They have an outdoor pizza oven that you smell as soon as you walk into their tasting area. All pizzas and breadsticks are made fresh to order and they use fresh ingredients that is evident with each bite. I was in heaven. The smell of fresh made pizza, the beautiful view of the valley and the great wine. It was hard for us to leave.
We ended up taking home a half case of their just released Trinity wine. It is made of 60% sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is amazing, smooth and just wonderful. It was so new that they had not even put labels on the bottles.
The family was so friendly, and they graciously welcomed every guest and made them feel special. I would highly recommend this winery.
Cordiano Winery – Escondido, CA, a set on Flickr.