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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Jacques Sapier serves up a glass of peach and cherry sangria


May 28, 2017 (Ramona) – What better way to start off summertime than sipping sangrias on a stone patio in the noontime sun?  At Vineyard Grant James, a sangria contest  began Friday and continues through Monday for Memorial Day reason. 

Savor three tasty options – peach cherry, lemonade or a red wine and jalapeño based sangria—and then vote for your favorite.  Glimpsing the jarful of ballots, the votes appeared split between all three of these creative choices, which went well with a delightful  locally made cheese that we savored as well.

Of course, you can also sample some wonderful wines. Our old favorite was already sold out (these go fast) but we soon found a favorite, Delphinius – a blend of five red wine grapes for a rich result.  Jacques and Suzanne Sapier, owners of this wonderful winery, are the perfect hosts. Ah, paradise!

Their sangria contest is just part of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association’s  “Summer of Wine” kick-off events running throughout this Memorial Day weekend.  Other participating wineries are offering “extras”  such as live music,  military discounts, wine slush drinks, barrel samples, art classes, a potluck lunch,  donations to Shelter to Soldiers, and  display of a Civil War drum played at the battle of Shiloh. 

 For the full schedule, click here.


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