By Miriam Raftery
Photo, left: Dulzura Winery owners
November 15, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--At the inaugural Toast to East County event hosted by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Vintners Association at Cottonwood Golf in Rancho San Diego on November 8th, guests savored a wide array of wines from local vintners as well as foods ranging from artisan cheeses to barbecued meats, Mexican food, olive oil, raw honey and more.
Speaking of honey, Pearson Brothers Winery of Dehesa served up Honey Saccharo wine made without grapes. Other vintners offered up samples of more traditional vintages, from cabernet to chardonnay. Rock Canyon poured its latest offering, a dessert port-like wine, while others showed off new varieties for the region such as a Malbec. Plus awards were presented for trailblazers in our region's fast-growing winemaking industry.