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“Better than expected”
Review of Witch Creek Winery

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Witch Creek Winery
Ranked #15 of 38 things to do in Julian
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northeast ct
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133 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

We happened upon the winery while stopping for lunch in Julian. We popped in and found a small tasting area and retail shop. We were warmly greeted by Dustin who after learning of our preference of reds adapted the tasting as such.

Dustin did an admirable job of describing each and much to our surprise we found several that we loved, the cab is outstanding. This is a small operation, I highly recommend buying what you like as you will not find it retailed anywhere. $5 for the tasting, a deal.

Visited January 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Central Coast
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205 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 547 helpful votes
“This lady ruined this winery for me(Not Recommended)”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The lady that works there is very rude to people unless you are her drunk friend or a club member. The whole time she spent catering to her very drunk friend plying them with full glasses of wine and I watched them walk in and I watched them leave and they never paid a cent and they were given full glasses of wine to "taste". There was also a couple of questionable age who said they were club members, yet never showed proof and she was plying them with alcohol too. She never asked them for ID, they looked like they were 17.
Meanwhile, all while this is going on, we are left hanging. She told us there was a tasting charge, and then went off to tend to her friends. I think she thought we would walk out. She then proceeded to pour the smallest tastes ever, like a tablespoon. Never explained the wine, was pissed off that we were taking away from her drunk friends.
She got really pissed off when I told her who I was, then she went on the defensive, making it like it was my fault and as if I deceived her. Too bad because I really like Witch Creek, but because I was basically treated like crap. I am no longer going to recommend this wine to any of the restaurants or hotels I work with.

Visited November 2012
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San Diego, California
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261 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“What a great experience”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

It was only five dollars a person (without glass)-11 dollars with the glass for 5 or 6 tastings (I can't remember). The last one we got to pick which dessert wine we wanted to try. We enjoyed every single one we tried, which isn't always the cast in San Diego county. The quirky owners are friendly and fun to listen to. I loved their wall of pet pictures (mostly cats like on the bottle). They accept any pet picture sent or given to them and post it on the wall. While it's mostly felines, they also have dogs and even a cow (named Sirloin). They offer military discounts on the wine, and you also get a 10% discount if you did the tasting. It was a simple fun experience with surprisingly fantastic wine. We are so glad we stopped by.

Visited October 2012
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California, United States
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great wine, friendly staff”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

I enjoyed the wines here and the staff were fun and welcoming. Decor could stand to be updated a bit.

Visited August 2012
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San Jacinto, California
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“Our reason for going to Julian”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

I have to say... My wife and I love this place. It is cozy (small) but it works. There is plenty of bar space for 15-20 people. The Good Witch, Tammy, is a HOOT!! She is a very gracious hostess and makes everyone, whether a first-time visitor or club member, feel welcome.

Oh, and the wine is pretty good too. Compared to many of the other So-Cal wineries, I find the Witch Creek gets a little longer in the barrel before its release.

Visited August 2012
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