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“This is going to be something special and everyone is invited and welcome to attend.  I have some magic tricks up my sleeve from my recent internship at The Marine Room.”--Chef Jeremy Manley


July 9, 2010 (Julian) -- On Friday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro will host a four-course wine pairing dinner featuring wines from four back country wineries: Menghini Winery and J. Jenkins Winery from Julian as well as Shadow Mountain Vineyards and La Serenissima Vineyards from Warner Springs.


All courses will be expertly paired by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Jeremy Manley of Jeremy’s on the Hill, who embraces the farm-to-table philosophy and will feature fresh, seasonal, organic produce from several local area farms including Connely Farms, Randle Ridge Farms and Ramona Organic Farms. Tickets are $45 per person and seating is limited.


Menghini Winery is located three miles north of downtown Julian, nestled in the foothills of Volcan Mountain. Surrounded by apple orchards and a six acre vineyard, the winery produces approximately 4,000 cases of wine annually. Established in 1982, the winery is situated in a classic, old apple packing shed built in 1940. Since the beginning, Mike and Toni Menghini have been making premium varietal wines such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and a Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Grigio blend. “We love working with Jeremy and his restaurant added a whole new wonderful complexity to Julian and fine dining,” said Mike Menghini.


The J. Jenkins Winery is a family-owned winery on 10 acres located three miles north of Julian in a picturesque valley with views of Volcan Mountain. The winery property includes a new wine production building and a tasting room in a rustic apple orchard and a vineyard with Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir grapes. J. Jenkins Winery specializes in estate Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio. In the Fall, Vintner Jim Jenkins produces a French style Nouveau made with Syrah grapes and an Apple Wine made from 100% apples from local orchards.


Shadow Mountain Vineyards, located in Warner Springs, California, grows all of their own fruit with over 28 acres of grape vines. The current owners, Pam and Alex McGeary have been operating since 1990. Former restaurateurs, they really know what people are looking for in their wines. “Our vineyards were planted by the original Italian owners and are 67 years old and are still producing, “said Pam McGeary. Shadow Mountain Vineyards grows and produces 13 varietals from red, to white to port. “Growing is a good thing,” said Vintner Alex McGeary.


Established in 1998, La Serenissima Vineyards covers a gentle slope facing the Pacific Coast
Trail in San Diego North County. The name, La Serenissima, pays homage to the Most Serene Republic of Venice, for centuries the cultural center of the Mediterranean, where the tradition of wine making flourished, and giving civilization the precious gift of wine. The 25 acre vineyard is divided into six separate hectare blocks each dedicated to a varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo and Arneis. Annual production is limited to 1000 cases.


Established in March of 2008, Jeremy’s on the Hill features California fresh cuisine and is recognized in both San Diego and Los Angeles areas, with publicized reviews in the LA Times and San Diego Reader. Young chef Manley, 23, a Cordon Bleu graduate, has been working with food and cooking since the age of ten.


“We host a wine or beer pairing event every month and are excited to be working with some of our favorite local wineries,” he said.


“This will be our second wine pairing event with Shadow Mountain and Menghini Winery and reservations sell out quickly,” said Teresa Manley. “We are also offering discounted lodging rates at our nearby inn, Julian Meadow View Inn as well as shuttle service.” Hotel reservations can be made by calling (760)765-2578.


Reservations and tickets can be purchased by calling Jeremy’s on the Hill at 760-765-1587.

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