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   February 22, 2013
 Family Winemakers upcoming SoCal Event!
WineMatch is excited to once again be exhibiting at one of the best wine events in Southern California.
If you like wine and live in California, you need to go to Del Mar (near San Diego) on March 9th from 3p.m. to 6p.m. for the Family Winemakers event. Having been to this event three times, this is one of WineMatch's favorite wine tasting events as so many of our customers are showing off their wines. We like the event so much that we are exhibiting this year.

Make sure you stop by and say hello to the WineMatch crew and sign up for a chance to win an iPad.

I've noticed over the years that there are thousands of bottles of wine that never show up at your local retailer, but they are absolutely fabulous. A lot of the small family-run wineries do not have the distribution channels set up to be at Trader Joes or Costco, but they have fantastic wine. WineMatch and Family Winemakers help bridge this gap so consumers can deal directly with the wineries.

Since its founding in the year 1991, Family Winemakers of California has presented an Annual Tasting. Originally, the Tasting was developed as a trade-only type event; an opportunity for member-wineries and California's wine trade to gather together and talk about the issues foremost in the minds of industry members while tasting great wine. Expect to be surprised by the great wines here.

Because Family Winemakers represents the smaller wineries, the tasting is a unique opportunity to showcase the winemaking craftsmanship of vintners from across the state.

Family Winemakers now combines a separate consumer-only event with the annual tasting and now holds back-to-back tastings on both days. The first day now includes consumers from 3p.m. to 6p.m., although wine trade outfits gain early admission and can take advantage of this day to visit more wineries and collaborate with the many vendors of the trade.
2008 Cliff Creek Cellars - Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Stacked Stone Cellars - Zin Stone
2010 Stacked Stone Cellars - Quarry
2010 Stacked Stone Cellars - GEM
2010 Hearst Ranch Winery - "Pico Creek" Merlot
2010 J Dusi Wines - Syrah
2010 J Dusi Wines - Zinfandel
2012 J Dusi Wines - Pinot Grigio
NV King Ferry Winery (Treleaven) - Silver Lining Chardonnay
2009 Bouquet - Bouquet White Dessert Wine
New discoveries and old favorites -- varietals you know and love, varietals you've never heard of -- wineries from Mendocino to Temecula and every place in between. Taste California! There will be far too many wineries at each tasting for you to visit them all, so plan your time carefully. Use the list of participating wineries, the links to their web sites, and our Varietal Map on to develop your tasting strategy.

New this year: iSip Lounge Reserve Area - Saturday only from 3pm - 6pm. There will be 25 wineries pouring wines that range from $75 - $150 per bottle. There are limited tickets for this area so act soon as it is on a first come, first served basis. Here is a list of wineries and when they will be pouring.

Parking for the Del Mar event is $10 per day. RV parking is available for $20 per day. Click here to see a map to get to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

To get more information on this Family Winemakers event, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

2009 Bouquet
Bouquet Red Dessert Wine
VINEYARD NOTES Although the 2009 growing season was challenging, espcially for red grapes, we found wonderful sources of Syrah and Pinot Noir with aroma...
2012 J Dusi Wines
Pinot Grigio
The striking nose of this 2012 Pinot Grigio is overflowing with floral notes mixed with apricots and peaches. The fruit tannin provides a luscious body to f...

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