Road Trip: San Diego International Wine Show in Del Mar, CA

On April 26, 2014, we took a leisurely drive down to the DelMar Fairgrounds & Race Track for the San Diego International Wine Show. As we got off the 5 freeway, dark clouds loomed overhead. We arrived a little early and decide to hang out in the car . . . then the rain started. But, just like rain in Hawaii, it was gone just as fast as it came. We hoped the cloud coverage would stay as it would help keep it cooler for an outside event and even better, light diffusion for beautiful photography.

The San Diego International Wine Show took over The Paddocks which is set up like a beautiful courtyard, some of the wineries and artisans were in stalls where prized horses are kept in between races. Others were in tented stalls around the courtyard. Plus, there were tables and chairs to relax and enjoy the wines of your choice. The 17 Hands Restaurant served a limited menu and also housed the culinary demonstrations.

Let’s take a look at some of the wineries & culinary artisans:

Two Shepherds is owned by William Allen. William has a passion for wine – Rhône enthusiast and former wine writer/blogger. Two Shepherds began commercial production in 2010 and specializes in Rhone varieties like Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Roussane. 2012 Grenache Blanc is clean, crisp, bright, and slightly sweet. It would be perfectly paired with seafood linguini in either a light cream sauce or tossed in olive oil or shrimp or scallop scampi.