Pairing the perfect wine with the right meal just got a whole lot easier. That’s because there are now more than three dozen boutique wineries in Ramona, each offering their own unique, and often award-winning, varieties.
Bill Schweitzer, president of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association, acknowledges that many Ramona wines have already been decorated with medals and other awards from
competitions across the nation.
“We might not have big volume, but what we do have is good soil content. We’re relying on nature to produce top-quality fruit,” says Schweitzer, adding that Ramona wines have the opportunity to be as good as, if not better than, wines produced in some of the big-name regions.
Dedicated to promoting and educating folks about the local industry, Schweitzer works alongside RVVA programs director Clark Crider to help organize events and workshops aimed at both winemakers and wine connoisseurs.
“We want to be a resource for the entire community,” says Crider.
Guests who visit the many wineries in the area are sure to be impressed with the quality and selection. For those interested in learning more about wine and food pairing, experts suggest people become familiar with a variety of wines to help best identify which wines their palates consider sweet or acidic.
Though it is often believed that red wines are best paired with bold flavors, such as beef and lamb, and white wines are more suitably served with fish and chicken, local wineries encourage folks to stop by, take a taste and identify which Ramona wines create the perfect pairing for themselves — and they are more than happy to make pairing recommendations!
By Tracy Rolling