~~Note this is an open format event...arrive any time after 12pm and go at your own pace for tastings. We'll all meet up at the amphitheater~~
Belle Marie Winery has hosted several events for us that have been both educational and entertaining. Their super friendly, knowledgeable staff takes great care of us and gives us free reign of the beautiful amphitheater for some serious fun in the sun picnics.
There have been some exciting changes on the winery grounds this year that Belle Marie is eager to share with the winos. They have just established the Escondido Wine & Culinary Campus on the winery grounds, where they'll be holding winemaker dinners, cooking classes and other culinary treats in the future. Belle Marie is inviting all winos and their guests to visit Chateau Castle, home of the brand spanking new Hidden Valley Enoteca. The Enoteca is San Diego's newest and most unique wine tasting room featuring at least 12 different wines from a growing number of boutique wineries that are hidden throughout Escondido Wine Country. This bi-level tasting room features a 40-foot bar that is hand made from 300 year old Cedar trees. Enjoy a wide range of winemaking styles and types of wines from local wineries such as 2 Plank Vineyards, Screaming Chief, Blue Merle Winery, Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard, Coyote Oaks Vineyards, and Bella Toscano.
EVENT INFO: Belle Marie will be setting up a check-in/hospitality room for all Winos R Us members and their guests. Wine can be purchased by the glass or by the bottle all day long. If you'd like to go on a tasting frenzy, you can enjoy 12 pours of your choice from both the Enoteca and Belle Marie tasting rooms (over 10 different wineries) for only $15. A $2 wine glass deposit will give you use of the logo wine glass all day long, which can either be kept as a souvenir or returned to the check-in area to get your $2 back.
But wait...there's more! We've got the beautiful outdoor amphitheater reserved for a good old-fashioned BBQ/picnic and some fun group activities. 4 B's BBQ will be on site preparing sandwiches with their specialty pulled pork, beef brisket, proprietary rubs and sauces (spicy Port reduction sauce, Western style tomato-based sauce, Cansas City style vinegar sauce and a Carolina style mustard sauce). Sandwiches sell for ~$6 and you can buy sides of homemade beans and prosciutto, potato salad, cole slaw, etc. Of course you can also pack your own picnic lunch to enjoy too! Don't forget a blanket or chair, and feel free to bring some toys…Frisbees, beach ball, hula hoops, etc. We'll set up a volleyball/badminton net and also have our usual water balloon toss!
This is a super flexible, open format event. No prepayments are required so you can make your choice on how you want to get your wine on when you arrive. As usual, please keep your RSVPs up to date so the winery staff can be well prepared.
There's plenty of free parking and room for everyone to enjoy. Feel free to invite some friends for a truly unique experience and a ridiculously fun day....CHEERS!