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e’ve been discussing the idea of having a special issue showcasing the local wine and distillery scene for quite some time. A few years ago, we published a brewery issue that received a lot of attention. In this issue, we are proud to be able to profile a variety of local wineries and distilleries in our First Annual Wine & Spirits Guide. Before we could put together a special Wine & Spirits issue, we had to do some research and a lot of homework. As you could imagine, this project involved visiting many local wineries and distilleries. We encountered very enthusiastic proprietors who were eager to give us tours, explain their processes, and tell us about the history of their establishment and their personal journey. And then there was the wine and spirits sampling – of course we had to sample the products personally! What kind of research project wouldn’t involve sampling? It just seemed like the polite thing to do. We were surprised to learn that there are wineries and distilleries in just about every corner of San Diego County. While most of the distilleries have an urban feel, the wineries were a bit more diverse. There are urban wine tasting rooms that do a fantastic job of sharing their wine. There are small wineries and large wineries. Country wineries and city wineries. Wineries with their own vineyards, and wineries that have offsite vineyards. The bottom line is that there are all types of establishments, and all of them are definitely worth a visit. Derrick Breaux The ZCode Team would like to thank all the local wineries Publisher and distilleries that took the time to meet with us and open their doors (and bottles). And we would like to give a special shout out to the wineries and distilleries that shared our vision and chose to participate in this first Wine & Spirits issue. There wouldn’t have been an issue without these participants, so be sure to put them on your short list to visit (and tell them that ZCode Magazines sent you). Until next time… Cheers!

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La Leche League North County Coastal Meeting

NOV. 22

Thanksgiving Day

NOV. 9

Rollin’ From the Heart 4th Annual Fundraiser: An Evening of Art and Music

Encinitas Turkey Trot & Food Drive

Mother-to-mother support group for pregnant and nursing mothers 2nd Tuesdays: 10 a.m. 617 Saxony Pl. #103 www.facebook.com/ LLLNorthCountyCoastal

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Join thousands of runners, walkers, strollers, and family participants in the 5K or 10K race; benefiting American Legion Post #416 Race check-in: 6 a.m. 10K start: 7:30 a.m. 5K start: 8 a.m. Coast Highway 101 www.encinitasturkeytrot.org

3rd Tuesdays: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. See website for location www.encinitaschamber.com

Olivenhain Town Council’s Annual Craft Fair

NOV. 24

WEDNESDAYS

An evening of art, live music, food and drinks, and a silent art auction benfiting Rollin’ From the Heart 5 – 9 p.m. Encinitas Community Center www.rollinfromtheheart.org

Pottery, jewelry, quilts, knitted wear, children’s clothing, and holiday decorations by local artists and craftspeople 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Olivenhain Meeting Hall www.olivenhain.org

Small Business Saturday

Food Forest Volunteer Days

Do your holiday shopping while enjoying live music, sidewalk sales, and local specials in Encinitas, Cardiff, and Leucadia 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Coast Highway 101 www.encinitas101.com

All ages welcome 8 – 11 a.m. | 800 Ecke Ranch Rd. www.coastalrootsfarm.org

Wednesdays@Noon Free weekly concert series presented by the City of Encinitas 12 p.m. | Encinitas Library www.encinitasca.gov/concerts

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Encinitas Rotary Club Meeting

NOV. 18

28th Annual Holiday Street Fair Enjoy over 450 unique food and arts and crafts vendors, plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, and a beer garden 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Highway 101, from D St. to J St. www.visitencinitas.org

12:10 p.m. | Elks Lodge www.encinitasrotary.com

RECURRING Encinitas Lions Club Meeting 2nd and 4th Mondays: 12 p.m. 285 N. El Camino Real www.e-clubhouse.org/ sites/encinitas

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Music by the Sea

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San Dieguito Union High School District Fall Break

Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club Meeting

SATURDAYS

NOV. 21 – 23

12:15 p.m. Cardiff Beach Bar @ Tower 13 www.rotary5340.org/ clubInfo/encinitas-coastal

Encinitas School District Thanksgiving Break

Guided Downtown Walking Tour Various dates and times; $29 for adults, $15 for children 390 West F St. www.walkthecitytours.com

Docent-Led Tour 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. San Diego Botanic Garden www.sdbgarden.org

Lagoon Discovery Tour 1st Saturdays: 10 – 11 a.m. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center www.sanelijo.org

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Volunteer in the Vineyard 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 800 Ecke Ranch Rd. www.coastalrootsfarm.org

Leucadia Farmers Market 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Paul Ecke Central Elementary www.leucadiafarmersmarket.com

Family Fun Days 1st Sundays: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center www.sanelijo.org

Sunday Music Concerts

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Ticketed concert series featuring talented artists; no program in December 3rd Fridays: 7:30 p.m. Encinitas Library www.encinitasca.gov/concerts

NOV. 19 – 23

All girls ages 4-18 welcome 2nd Saturdays: 9 – 11 a.m. 425 Santa Fe Dr. www.exposureskate.org/ skaterising

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Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Sundowner Mixer

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Seaside Bazaar Open Air Flea Market 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 459 S. Highway 101 Contact 760-753-1611 for info

Families Making History Join the San Dieguito Heritage Museum for a free, fun, hands-on craft experience that highlights various aspects of San Dieguito history; no reservations required and a small donation is always appreciated 12 – 4 p.m. | 450 Quail Gardens Dr. www.sdheritage.org


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Sundays: 12 – 2 p.m. Encinitas Community Center www.encinitasca.gov

Courts are non-reservable and first-come, first-served 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Cottonwood Creek Park Glen Park Mildred MacPherson Park Scott Valley Park Leo Mullen Sports Park Leucadia Oaks Park www.ci.encinitas.ca.us

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Encinitas National Little League Spring Season Registration now open www.enll.org

Open Play Baseball and Softball Fields are also available to be reserved 8 a.m. – Sunset Encinitas Community Park Cardiff Sports Park Leo Mullen Sports Park Paul Ecke Sports Park For reservations call the City’s Sports Supervisor at 760-633-2756

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Mondays: 8 – 10 a.m. Wednesdays: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Fridays: 1:30 – 3 p.m. Encinitas Community Center www.encinitasca.gov SKATEBOARDING

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Open Skating 8 a.m. – Sunset Encinitas Community Park www.ci.encinitas.ca.us

Swami’s Rides Swami’s Cycling hosts a monthly social ride at a conversational pace on the first Sunday of every month 8 a.m. | 5611 Palmer Way Suite D, Carlsbad www.swamis.org

Courts are non-reservable and first-come, first-served 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Glen Park Leucadia Oaks Park Moonlight Beach www.ci.encinitas.ca.us

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Open Play Tennis Courts are non-reservable and first-come, first-served 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Cottonwood Creek Park Glen Park Moonlight Beach www.ci.encinitas.ca.us

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Race date: Nov. 22 7 a.m. Coast Highway 101 www.encinitasturkeytrot.org

Pannikin Runners Meet-Up Group For anyone who wants to run a long, flat, easy-paced run out and back along the coast Saturdays: 7:30 a.m. Meet at Pannikin Coffee & Tea www.strava.com/clubs/153350

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athedral Catholic High School’s (CCHS) core values of faith, knowledge, character, and responsibility have guided the development of high-achieving, well-rounded leaders for over 60 years. The CCHS legacy has deep roots, though the name is only 13 years old. Cathedral Girls High School merged with University San Diego High School (UNI) in

1970 on UNI’s Linda Vista Campus. UNI transitioned to the current CCHS Campus in Carmel Valley in 2005 and took on the new name of Cathedral Catholic High School. “No matter what campus you were on, once you become a Don, you’re always a Don,” said CCHS President Mr. Stevan Laaperi. “The Dons’ legacy has never been stronger. Over 50 alumni are among the CCHS team of

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administrators, faculty, coaches, and staff.” The professional staff is well qualified to uphold that legacy. Most teachers have a master’s degree or higher in the subject they teach, and the entire staff strives to model the values of a Catholic faith community. The school is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and the Western Association of Schools and SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT


“It is our intent that our graduates carry a spirit of intellectual curiosity and a love of learning on their continuing journey of personal and spiritual growth.” Colleges, and holds membership with the College Board. “In partnership with parents, we form an educational ministry that is mutually supportive and a community committed to excellence,” said Principal Mr. Kevin Calkins. “It is our intent that our graduates carry a spirit of intellectual curiosity and a love of learning on their continuing journey of personal and spiritual growth.” Over 1,600 students are currently beginning that journey on the dynamic CCHS campus. Facilities include 75 classrooms, 12 science labs, two computer labs, a robotics lab, a ceramics studio, a music room, a lecture hall, several special-use classrooms, world-class athletic facilities, a library, a lecture hall, a chapel and meditation garden – there’s a place for every student to discover their passion. Over 70 percent of CCHS students participate in one or more of the school’s 80-plus teams. “Whether you are an athlete, love to act, or have a passion for serving others, at Cathedral Catholic you gain the confidence to make a difference not only in your life but in the world around you,” said Kate, a graduate from the Class of 2017. Nicole, another recent graduate, agreed: “There is an unparalleled wealth of opportunities, and a strong support system in the students and faculty as part of the Catholic community.” 

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SDUHSD Appoints New Superintendent The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Robert Haley as its new superintendent following a national search conducted over the summer. Dr. Haley has served as the Superintendent of Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in Northern California for the past seven years, and has previous experience in six school districts as a teacher, principal, and district-level administrator. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Dr. Haley is well-versed in school finance issues and the operational aspects of school district management, and serves on the State of California Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team Board of Directors. He is also known for his research and work on school safety and is a member of the Association of California School Administrators’ Fatal School Violence Task Force. “Dr. Haley is the ideal superintendent for our district,” said SDUHSD Board President Beth Hergesheimer. “He believes in the team approach to leadership, actively listening, collaborating, and focusing decision-making on what is best for students.” For more information visit www.sduhsd.net.

2018 National Night Out The Encinitas community once again participated in National Night Out in August. North Coastal Sheriff’s Deputies and staff gathered in the Target Encinitas parking lot to interact directly with community members. The event included free food and drinks, patrol vehicles and motorcycles, bomb robots, kids activities, crime prevention information, and other resources. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make communities safer, more caring places to live. Millions of neighborhoods take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and military bases worldwide each year. Local neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits, and more. Learn more at natw.org.

New SDBG President The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) has selected Dr. Ari Novy to serve as its new president and CEO, following long-time president Julian Duval’s retirement earlier this year. Dr. Novy is a plant biologist, active researcher, and an environmental commissioner of the City of Encinitas. He previously served as the executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., and as the chief scientist at the Leichtag Foundation. “We are excited to have the opportunity to have a nationally recognized scientist as our new president and CEO,” said John DeWald, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for SDBG. “We look forward to Ari taking the gardens to the next level from the great base that Julian has created.” Dr. Novy officially assumed his new role in October. Julian Duval was honored with the Paul Ecke, Jr. Award at SDBG’s annual Gala in the Garden in September for his 24 years of service to the garden as well as his numerous contributions to the local horticultural community. Learn more at www.sdbgarden.org.

Teens Create Peaceful Connections

Seven students from Pacific Ridge School participated in a peacebuilding summit with nonprofit Hands of Peace over the summer. The students met with Israeli and Palestinian teens who stayed with local host families, each day participating in facilitated dialogue sessions to create connections and break down stereotypes. The group also bonded by painting murals, doing a ropes course, and visiting with students near the United States-Mexico border. Each summer Hands of Peace brings a group of Jewish-Israeli, Palestinian Citizens of Israel, and Palestinian teenagers to San Diego and Chicago for a 19-day, dialogue-based experience, as well as with a comparable number of American teens from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and other faith backgrounds. The program teaches team-building and leadership skills, helps the participants learn about different cultures and religions, guides them in learning about the conflict from different points of view, and encourages them to take action to incorporate peacebuilding into their personal lives. Learn more at www.handsofpeace.org.

Local Earns Congressional Award Encinitas’ Margaret “Sissy” Sugarman recently received the Silver Congressional Award, the highest honor the U.S. Congress can bestow upon young civilians recognizing achievement, initiative, and service. Since she was 13 years old, Sissy has been working towards achieving goals in each of the four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/ exploration. Sissy’s work included leading free farm tours on her family’s farm, volunteering at a local horse rescue, serving at a veteran’s camp in Alaska, creating a pollinator education program called The Honey Bee Road Show, and hosting charity goat yoga classes for the community. “One of my main goals was to connect people with animals so they would have a better understanding of where their food comes from and how to treat animals with empathy and respect,” she said. Sissy is a senior in high school attending classes at MiraCosta College. She plans to continue her work to earn the Gold Congressional Award and hopes to someday become a veterinarian.

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eenagers today are coming of age during a time of great technological innovation. While technology holds endless potential for improving our lives, it comes with significant drawbacks, especially for adolescents. Teens seek out communities online, but may be losing the opportunity to grow from deeper forms of human connection. At Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School, teachers make these deep connections with their students. They are more than academic educators, they’re mentors. With an average class size of 15, an 8:1 student to teacher ratio, and robust co-curricular programming, teachers have the time and opportunity to develop strong bonds with students in grades 7 through 12. Pacific Ridge teachers serve in multiple roles: as academic advisors, service learning facilitators, coaches, travel companions, and more. “We interact with our students in so many different ways. With the overlap between classes, clubs, sports, and travel groups, we can build really strong relationships with individual students,” said Spanish teacher Meredith Brady. Faculty are organized into grade-level,

collaborative teams that “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher meet twice weekly to share explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. instructional The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward best practices, discuss ways to integrate sharing the experience. the curriculum, and ensure that each student is Great teachers can provide lifelong challenged and supported to reach his or her inspiration to students. The stronger the bond potential. Also twice a week, teachers meet with they have, the more powerful that inspiration small groups of students to check in and discuss can be. academic and social issues. These advisory Families interested in learning more meetings are also about fun and bonding. are invited to Pacific Ridge’s Open House on Groups have potlucks, take mini field trips, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. To register, visit play spirited games against other advisories. www.pacificridge.org/openhouse.  Another opportunity for teachers to mentor students is through global travel. Each spring, over 90 percent of the student body travels domestically and internationally. Travel is a huge growth opportunity for students, who engage with different communities and cultures through academic enrichment, cultural and linguistic immersion, and service work. And their teachers are right alongside them, offering support and

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home to California s first recorded vineyards, planted in the 1700s by Father Junipero Serra. Today, the county boasts over 115 wineries – and more history to be savored with every glass. Our beautiful climate is a key factor for the success of local vineyards, and diverse conditions allow a wide variety of grapes to flourish. Wine grapes tend to be hardier and more water-efficient than other crops, giving them an advantage during drier years. San Diego-grown wines include Albarino, Cabernet Franch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier – the list goes on! THE MORE YOU KNOW A hybrid is two grape types genetically crossed, while a blend combines two grape varieties after fermentation. Terroir is the natural environment for a particular wine – including soil, farming techniques, and climate. A vintage is a specific year or harvest. A varietal is a wine made from a particular grape type.

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KOI ZEN CELLARS INC. 12225 World Trade Dr., Suite P, San Diego, CA 92128 / www.KoiZenCellars.com wine@koizencellars.com / 858-381-CORK (2675) / Owners Lisa and Darius Miller / Established 2014 Tasting Room: Tues. – Thurs.: 2 – 8 p.m. | Fri.: 2 – 9 p.m. | Sat.: 12 – 9 p.m. | Sun.: 12 – 6 p.m.

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ven the name says mellow relaxation and big deep breaths: Koi Zen Cellars. This craft urban winery in the heart of Carmel Mountain Ranch has a vibe unlike any other. Like stepping into your best friend’s home, Koi Zen Cellars is a special place for patrons to ‘uncork, sip back, and relax.’ Owner and winemaker Darius Miller’s life was run by pressure for many years, to the point it almost did him in with a stress-induced stroke. After honing his self-taught skills, Darius turned his passion for winemaking from a small-scale project into a beautiful business, allowing guests to reconnect, be in the moment, and take time (and a great glass of wine) to themselves. Koi Zen Cellars’ welcoming and warm ambiance has turned it into a community hangout for wine loving people. Co-owner Lisa Miller attends the Sonoma State Wine Business program, while steward Jon is a Level 1 sommelier en route to his Level 2. Steward Cat comes from the hospitality industry, and “Her infectious smile is loved by all,” Lisa confirmed. Koi Zen sources their grapes from growers throughout California, “giving guests a unique taste experience from all the major wine regions in the state.” Koi Zen creates fruit-forward, approachable, lively, and fun

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full-bodied wines – Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhone-style reds and red blends among the broad-spectrum list of choices. Their most popular offerings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, and Zinfandel. The San Diego U-T readers’ poll awarded Koi Zen the best local winery for two years running, and their wines have won awards in competitions from local to international, earning points in the 90s. They give back to local charities and schools by hosting fundraisers. Koi Zen even received the Think Local First championship in 2017 by the San Diego North Business Chamber. Their fundraising efforts and Holiday Gift Extravaganza, coupled with hosting local musicians on the weekends and active memberships in local networking groups and the North San Diego Business Chamber, highlight the business as involved community members. Their tasting room and winery can double as a unique event space for corporate, private, and holiday events. Currently Koi Zen has entered their Crush season, processing 96,000 lbs. of grapes – equivalent to 3,000 cases of wine! They’ll be releasing a Petite Verdot and a few others for the cooler winter months, along with a Frenchstyle Stainless Chardonnay. 


PRINCIPE DI TRICASE PRINCIPE DI TRICASE WINERY

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18425 Highland Valley Rd., Ramona, CA 92065 www.PineAndWine.com wine@pineandwine.com / 760-315-8872 / Owner Alfredo Gallone / Established 2007

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reezy days full of sun, cool nights, and rocky soils make Ramona a perfect place to grow wine grapes of exceptional quality and why Ramona Valley is recognized as a designated viticultural area by the federal government. With more than 100 vineyards and over 35 wineries dedicated to crafting unique small-batch wines, Ramona is becoming known around the world as San Diego’s wine country. Crystal Hill Vineyard is one of the newer estate wineries to open its doors. Founded in 2014 with four acres of vines, they have already produced several award winners by focusing on quality at every step of the winemaking process. The founders, Scott and Miki Warner, take a holistic approach to vineyard management and production. They use only organic fertilizers and manage the land towards natural sustainability. “We make the wine in the vineyard,” said Scott. “In other words, what you taste in the bottle is the flavor of that soil enhanced by the story of the season – its challenges and its triumphs.”

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Crystal Hill features great views from its spacious outdoor patio and large porch. There’s also an indoor tasting room with an art gallery and restroom. The service is first class and the vibe is relaxing. They also offer a free tour of the vineyards and cellar with a guide that explains their approach to winemaking and how each piece of winery equipment is used. They currently offer a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Syrah, and two Merlots. Each of the wines includes a description of how it was made and from the tour you’ll learn about the special care that goes into every bottle they produce. For food, they provide some munchies with a wine tasting and also offer a cheese plate for $12. You can even bring your own food and make it a picnic! A wine tasting is $10 or free when you purchase one or more bottles of wine. Crystal Hill is dog-friendly, kid-friendly, and has ample parking. There’s space for groups up to 40 – just call ahead to reserve your seating and book your free tour. 


BERNARDO WINERY 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128 858-487-1866 / www.BernardoWinery.com

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ernardo Winery is a piece of San Diego history, producing San Diego-grown wine for three generations. Enjoy the ambiance of old California and rustic charm. The Kitchen, a Sicilian-California style restaurant, offers exceptional fresh hand-made pasta and brick-oven pizzas, recipes inspired by the Rizzo family. Explore the winery, gardens, and village of unique shops in the winery courtyard. Bernardo Winery is also the perfect backdrop for weddings, special events, the weekly farmers market, and regular live music. “At Bernardo Winery, our winemakers Ross Rizzo and Matty Ward strive to produce wines that best suit the San Diego terroir, wines that love our soil and our sunshine,” shared Samantha Nawrocki, Director of Marketing. “It allows them to play with some interesting varietals that thrive in a Mediterranean, warm climate.” Bernardo Winery produces beautiful silky, full-bodied reds like the Syrah, as well as whites like Albarino and Viognier that burst out flavor notes of citrus and creamy vanilla. Regulars on the tasting menu include Syrah and Petite Sirah, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Malbec, and Sangiovese for the reds.

For whites, Albarino, Viognier, Chardonnay and Muscat are eager to dig their roots in and call San Diego home. San Diego was, after all, the first place that grapes were planted in California, and they thrive well here from the vine to the bottle. “We still, at Bernardo Winery, after 130 years, make our wines in the same traditional ways,” Samantha said, “while utilizing new technology and viticulture practices to produce wines that truly represent the region today.” 

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ess than one year old and tucked away in the corner of a Vista business park, 117° West Spirits aims to produce “big ideas in small batches.” A trip to the tasting room will afford you the opportunity to be served by one of the owners and local teachers, Justin McCabe and Archie Kasten. They will be happy to share the story behind the spirits while you enjoy a refreshing gimlet, a mighty fine old fashioned, or a whiskey flight. Whether it’s the Citra-hopped Genever-style Gin distilled from malted grain or the West Coast Whiskey, which takes its inspiration from stout beer, head distiller Justin McCabe is weaving together a variety of products that draw from his two 2332 La Mirada Drive Ste. 800 decades of homebrewing Vista, CA 92081 | 760-597-8985 experience and a knowledge www.117WestSpirits.com of chemistry earned while a graduate student at University of California San Diego. When you visit, be sure to ask for a tour of the back to see the one-of-a-kind still that, according to the owners, is key to the often-noted “smooth” flavor profile of all their spirits. For more information visit www.117WestSpirits.com. 

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hough the Forgotten Barrel tasting room in Escondido opened in 2017, the property itself is steeped in history. Forgotten Barrel Winery occupies a historic winery, which was established in 1886 as one of the first vineyards in San Diego County and Southern California. It was then purchased by George Ferrara in 1928 and re-opened in 1932 with the passage of the 21st Amendment ending prohibition. During the following 75 years, Ferrara Winery grew to prominence in the California wine industry, and was designated a California historic point of interest in the late 1970s and a historic site by the City of Escondido in 1989. It was operated by three generations of the Ferrara family until 2010. Forgotten Barrel Owner Rodger Grove purchased the winery in 2016, working hard to restore this historic property while continuing to tell the story of the Ferrara family. The winery now offers wines produced on location in Escondido as well as wines produced at its Napa Valley winery. Forgotten Barrel’s winemaker sources grapes from Napa, Sonoma, Central California, and San Diego County. The property’s rustic charm provides a one-of-a-kind setting for weddings, birthday parties, or corporate events, either in the barrel room or in one of its outdoor venues. Forgotten Barrel is proud to be part of the history of the Escondido and San Diego County wine industry. For more information visit www.ForgottenBarrel.com. 

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1 BERNARDO WINERY 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte San Diego, CA 92128 858-487-1866 www.BernardoWinery.com The historic, third generation-owned Bernardo Winery has been crafting artisan wines from San Diego vineyards for 130 years. From the roomy tasting room to the Sicilian Old Californiainspired Kitchen restaurant and unique shopping village, it,s truly a destination tucked away in Rancho Bernardo, just minutes off the I-15 Freeway. Wine tasting daily, regular live music, farmers market Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special event venues.

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3 CARRUTH CELLARS 118 S. Cedros Ave. Solana Beach, CA 92075 www.CarruthCellars.com

2919 Hill Valley Dr. Escondido, CA 92029 760-690-6617 www.ChevalWinery.com Cheval Winery is an exclusive, modern winery with champion show horses on property at 2919 Hill Valley Dr., Escondido. Cheval Winery provides a luxury experience overlooking the breathtaking vineyard you won't want to miss!

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24067 E. Old Julian Highway Ramona, CA 92065 760-440-5229 www.CrystalHillVineyard.com Enjoy award-winning artisan wines from our expansive patio with sweeping valley views or from our cozy indoor tasting room with art gallery. Free tours of vineyards and winery. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

6 FORGOTTEN BARREL 1120 W. 15th Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 888-620-8466 www.ForgottenBarrel.com Visit Forgotten Barrel,s registered historic site and taste premium wines produced at the winery in Escondido as well as their Napa winery. Tour the beautiful grounds and experience a piece of California history. Available for weddings, events, and private dinners.

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3 MALAHAT SPIRITS 8706 Production Ave. San Diego, CA 92121 www.MalahatSpirits.com

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TURTLE ROCK RIDGE VINEYARD WINERY 18351 Woods Hill Lane, Ramona, CA 92065 760-789-5555 / www.TurtleRockRidge.com Wine Tour: 2nd Sat. of the month 2 and 4 p.m.

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12225 World Trade Dr., Ste. P San Diego, CA 92128 858-381-2675 www.KoiZenCellars.com Uncork, sip back, and relax with San Diego,s first certified craft winery. Awarded best local winery for two years running, Koi Zen gives guests a unique taste experience from all the major wine regions in the state.

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TRICASE WINERY 18425 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065 760-315-8872 www.PineandWine.com Sip award-winning flavors of Italy, Greece, and sunny California at the Principe di Tricase tasting room, or join the family with monthly Wine Club options to suit all palates. Open Thursday through Sunday, noon to sunset. Wine tasting starting at $10, Wine Club at $35. Salute!

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VINEYARDS & WINERY 34680 CA-79 Warner Springs, CA 92086 www.ShadowMountain Vineyards.com

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WINERY & KITCHEN 934 N. Coast Hwy. 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 www.SolterraWinery.com

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16138 Highland Valley Rd. Escondido, CA 92025 www.SpeckleRock Vineyards.com

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16990 Via Tazon #123 San Diego, CA 92127 858-618-2463 www.TheCorkandCraft.com Abnormal Wine Co.,s craft approach to wine creates unique wines and a unique experience for guests. A collaborative barrel program, open-kitchen restaurant, and craft brewery add to the Abnormal possibilities.

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18351 Woods Hill Lane Ramona, CA 92065 760-789-5555 www.TurtleRockRidge.com Turtle Rock Ridge is a family-owned winery located in Ramona, California. Their wines are made from the best grapes grown within the Ramona and California wine regions.

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25260 Old Julian Hwy. Ramona, CA 92065 760-789-2733 www.Vineyard GrantJames.com Voted the number-two small winery in the US by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Winemaker Susanne Sapier invites you to experience her award-winning wines while overlooking her picturesque vineyard.

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The commitment to long-term sobriety sets New Life House apart from other treatment programs. “Trust people that have experience, and realize that recovery is a process that can’t be completed inside of a few months.” The average stay at New Life House is 13 months. Although people struggling with addiction “will be looking to manipulate the situation any way they can to avoid doing the rigorous internal work required to live a good life in recovery,” David acknowledged. This is a tough position for loved ones who are trying to make the best decision. “Building a foundation in recovery takes ample time, and it’s not something that can be accomplished inside of 30 days.” That foundation at New Life House is based on teaching vital life skills alongside treating the character of each resident, including the importance of a strong work ethic, living honestly, benefits of community, and essential coping skills for sobriety. “New Life House understands that abstinence is a vital stepping stone to true development of an individual,” David shared, “and our hands-on approach focuses on giving our residents the platform to become the best person they can be.” 

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French Conversation 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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Ebook Tutoring One-on-one instruction on how to download an SDCL ebook to your laptop or mobile device; registration required 3 p.m.

Citizenship Class Classes conducted in English; materials provided 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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English Conversation Café 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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Toddler Signing Story & Music Time Stories and music featuring ASL 2nd Thursdays 10 a.m.

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Gentle Yoga

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Family Art Class with Joe Nyiri

Homework Help (Grades 3-12)

Storytelling Institute: Integrating Movement and Gesture into Storytelling

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Spanish Conversation Club

Kendama with Kenyatta 2nd and 4th Thursdays 4:30 p.m.

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Fall

IN LOVE WITH

GC Dance offers a tight-knit community and sense of family for each student. Our creative and

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

FOR 2018-2019

encouraging environment nurtures every ability while emphasizing technique, discipline, and artistic education. Through small class sizes and specialized attention, every child at any dance level feels empowered and confident as we help them grow. We provide engaging private and group classes at both the recreational and competitive levels. Our highly trained instructors teach children and young adults beginning-to-advnaced ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical dance. But at GC Dance, we teach more than just choreography. Each dancer learns about discipline, fun, and

Recreational Competitive Pre-Professional

building friendships. With our fall schedule offering over 60 hours of classes during the week as well as a full Saturday schedule, students of all levels can explore different styles of dance until they find their favorite! We are now also offering a special ballet/tap combination class for children ages 3-4 and ages 5-6. Our team values each student and strives to bring out the best in everyone through hard work, dedication, and passion. Take the first step and join the GC Dance family this fall! 1 6 1 S O U T H H I G H WAY 1 0 1 | S O L A N A B E AC H , C A 9 2 0 7 5

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