Yesterday, the Vintage Cellars gang got to enjoy some great wine and great people at the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. This annual event attracts over 8,000 restaurateurs and wine experts who cater to more than 8,000 thousand hungry foodies with unlimited samples. Held at the gorgeous Embarcadero Park North, which overlooks San Diego Bay, yesterday's event was the high point of a five-day culinary festival. One hundred seventy wineries and spirit producers and 70 of San Diego's award-winning fine dining restaurants offered tastes to food lovers from around the world. For anyone who loves food and wine, the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival is truly a can't-miss festival, and one of the best events offered in San Diego.
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<p class="wp-caption-text">The venue</p></div>
Gene, Jake and Chris had a successful day connecting with new clients and socializing with a crowd that loves wine as much as they do. Gene said, "This is a great event and the venue is incredible. I'm pretty amazed that there are so many wine enthusiasts here." Indeed, the Vintage Cellars booth was full all day as interested wine lovers checked out some of Vintage Cellars' past projects and imagined themselves seated on chairs made from vintage wine barrels, enjoying a perfectly aged bottle from their private cellars.
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<p class="wp-caption-text">Gene talks to some interested wine enthusiasts</p></div>
But the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival wasn't all work and no play for the Vintage Cellars crew. Beyond getting a chance to interact with new clients, they had a great time tasting wine and sampling great food. Jake especially loved the wines offered by Ahnfeldt Winery, a Napa Valley winery that grows five vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. As for me, choosing a favorite wine was too tough to call, but two food standouts were an herb gnocchi from Anthology and a surprisingly delicious tempura-battered cheesecake dessert taco from Blue Point.
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<p class="wp-caption-text">Wine lover Rachel Erwin poses with the Riedel glasses
she won from the Vintage Cellars raffle. Congratulations, Rachel!</p></div>
Jake with some photos at the Vintage Cellars booth
If you didn't make it to the San Diego Wine and Food Festival this year, mark it in your 2010 calendar today. The Vintage Cellars gang had a great time drinking, eating, and showing off their work to the foodies and wine aficionados of San Diego. One customer, admiring Vintage Cellars' past projects portfolio, remarked, "You know, the cellars they build are not just a place to keep your wine. They are a shrine for your wine." I couldn't have said it better myself.