Blue Door Winery is an intimate tasting room with hosts that are proud to show off their wine without any of the commercial pressure or cartoonish atmosphere that comes with other larger or corporate wineries. Everything about our visit was wonderful (wine, the company, atmosphere) - and what was originally going to be a quick stop on the way to other things became the feature of our weekend in Julian. We are definitely going back.
My wife and I visited Blue Door towards the end of a Saturday on a trip to Julian for our one-year anniversary. Initially, we visited Blue Door to cool off with the sangria they make. The Sangria was delicious, and that, combined with the conversation we fell into with the owners/wine makers, piqued our interest in trying the other wines. We tasted a wide variety of what Blue Door makes, accompanied and educated by the down-to-earth and friendly owners/hosts, who genuinely cared about the experience we would have with their wine.
Wine: delicious and interesting. Certainly high quality, and the owners take so much care of every detail that goes into each wine, which comes out in the flavor and tasting experience. For instance, we had a red that was good on its own, but that transformed into a layering of rich and subtle flavors when paired with hot spice (for use, a peppery habanero cheese). This wine is unique - making the tasting experience a plus for people familiar with California wine, but it is also full of excellent flavors, making it a joy for any wine enthusiast.
Hosts: vibrant, friendly, and passionate about the wine and wine-making process. Our tasting was accompanied by a full education of each wine, the fruit that was selected and the process of making the wine - but we were also regaled with some of our hosts personal stories, which transformed the tasting into a conversation had over great wine. We instantly felt at home with the company we shared as we explored our way through each wine. They recommended wineries in Temecula for us to try on our way home, which we took advantage of the next day. We were very grateful for the advice.
Venue: Intimate, stylish, but also rustic - a perfect combination of elements for the guest to feel at home in the southern California mountain atmosphere. We initially sat outdoors sipping our sangria in Adirondack chairs before moving inside to lean into a deeper wine tasting experience.
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