GROWING LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY TO BE HIGHLIGHTED AT TOAST TO EAST COUNTY

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Inaugural event also features craft brews, honey, olives plus other local food offerings

November 2, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s not quite Napa…yet… but East San Diego County has established a vibrant and growing wine industry. There are more than 50 wineries in San Diego County, with more than 40 east of Highway 15. Many of those local east county vintners will have their products highlighted at the inaugural Toast to East County, to be held Sunday, November 8 at Cottonwood Golf Club in El Cajon.

“San Diego County, especially the East County region, has seen significant growth in the number of local wineries,” said Eric Lund, General Manager of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. “The seeds have been planted and, thanks to eased permitting by the County of San Diego, the industry is now well-established and growing. We want to help share this local success story with the public at this event, which we plan to host annually.”

Also included in the program will be the Maness Vineyards “Trail Blazer Awards” recognizing three outstanding visionaries in the vintner industry.  The Event is also supported by the San Diego County Vintners Association representing over 60 wineries.

In addition to area wines, the public will have a chance to sample other locally-produced foods including olives and honey. There will also be foods from local restaurants and a variety of beers from local craft brewers – all at one convenient location. The Toast to East County will be held Sunday, November 8 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Golf Club on Willow Glen Drive in El Cajon. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information and tickets, visitwww.eastcountychamber.org or call (619) 440-6161.

For a map and more information on San Diego County’s local wineries, click here: http://sandiegowineries.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SDCVA-map_website.pdf

About San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for improving business opportunities, public policy and business relationships throughout San Diego County. Members include local and regional businesses, San Diego County and the cities of San Diego, El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, as well as working relationships with Chambers in Spring Valley, Lakeside, Julian, Borrego Springs, Ramona, Alpine, and Pine Valley. Get connected with the region today, visitwww.eastcountychamber.org.