San Pasqual Winery
TRAILBLAZER AWARDS PRESENTED TO LEADERS IN LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY AT EVENT BENEFITTING ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER
By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Sue Brenner and Miriam Raftery
June 19, 2014 (El Cajon) – They pioneered East County’s now-flourishing wine industry. So on May 31st, Maness Vineyards presented the 2014 Trail Blazer Awards during a celebration held at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon—which also is home to a new vineyard of its own. More than 200 wine enthusiasts flocked to the event, savoring local vintages amid beautiful gardens.
Herman and Rose Salerno, founders of the Salerno Winery in Ramona, received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Other award winners were the William Clark family, founders of the Campo Creek Winery, along with Mike and Linda McWilliams, owners of the San Pasqual Winery in La Mesa.
February 13, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The La Mesa Arts Alliance (LMAA) proudly presents readings from “The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain” on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The free event begins at 7:00 p.m. with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and will be hosted by San Pasqual Winery in their intimate tasting room located at 8364 La Mesa Boulevard. There will be a no host wine bar and seating is limited.
By Miriam Raftery; photos by Miriam Raftery, Tom and Nadin Abbott
August 29, 2013 (Descanso) – More than 150 people turned out for East County Magazine’s BBQ and Wild West Fest at the Descanso Town Hall earlier this month.
In addition to delicious barbecue-grilled tri-tip and chicken served up by Descanso Junction, guests enjoyed lively entertainment by the Pine Creek Posse Band, Western reenactors Gaskill Brothers Gunfighters and the Hole in the Wall Gang, as well as music by Wind Wind Spirit Drum, winners of the national Native American Music Awards.
“We’re delighted at the success and hope to hold a similar event at this historic setting in the future,” said ECM editor and founder Miriam Raftery. The benefit raised funds to support wildfire reporting to supplement the Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts provided by East County Magazine via e-mail, Twitter, and on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio.
August 29, 2013 (La Mesa) – People of the Earth, a guitar/keyboard duo, will perform live on Saturday, August 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the San Pasqual Winery tasting room at 9364 La Mesa Blvd. (map)
The duo will play popular favorites from the 80's through today, in addition to entertaining original music. There is no cover charge; guests may purchase wine by the glass; cheese, crackers and dessert are available for sale.
By Miriam Raftery
June 26, 2013 (La Mesa) – “Isn’t this amazing?” Linda McWilliams, winemaker at San Pasqual Winery, exclaimed, standing inside the company’s new winery in a former industrial building in La Mesa. Hundreds of guests packed into the 4,500 square foot space for the winery’s grand opening celebration last weekend, savoring the fruits of McWilliams’ labors.
Those labors are yielding some impressive results. At this year’s San Diego County Fair, San Pasqual Winery picked up six awards, including a gold medal for the winery’s most popular offering, Habañera passionfruit wine.
By Miriam Raftery
June 16, 2013 (La Mesa) – The public is invited to sample award-winning wines, savor food and live music at the grand opening of the San Pasqual Winery at 8140 Center Street in La Mesa. The festivities will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 from 12-5 p.m. Cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
The decision to move its wine-making business from Pacific Beach to La Mesa was motivated by a need for more space and a desire to be close to San Pasqual Winery’s existing tasting room in downtown La Mesa. The new facility will be triple the size of their existing winery, supplementing the existing tasting room with a second La Mesa location.
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: SAN PASQUAL WINERY ANNOUNCES LIVE MUSIC, ART AND LITERARY EVENTS FOR APRIL IN LA MESA
March 24, 2013 (La Mesa) – San Pasqual Winery announces a creative series of upcoming events at its tasting room in La Mesa. Each Saturday night, find live entertainment including flamenco fusion, classic guitar, hits from yesterday and today, plus original local music. Other upcoming events include a painting class and a “big read” from a Ray Bradbury sci fi favorite read by La Mesa’s Vice Mayor and other local talents.
For details, scroll down or visit www.sanpasqualwinery.com.
March 4, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Talented farm-to-table chef Jeff Rossman of Terra American Bistro (7091 El Cajon Blvd.) will host a sumptuous San Pasqual Winemaker Dinner Monday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant. The five-course feast will be skillfully paired with sips by winemaker Linda McWilliams of San Pasqual Winery. The event costs $50 person and includes the following menu:
American caviar, micro arugula
Tiradito de Sea Bass
Taste of the Town Brut Sparkling Wine
San Pasqual Winery is now offer a series of live music on Saturday nights in the back room of its tasting room on La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa. On Saturday, February 23 from 7-10 p.m., The Sock Monkeys will perform.
February 4, 2013 (La Mesa) – Women Inkorporated (WINK) will be holding a Women’s Only Networking event on Feb. 4 & 18 at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. Network with other women in this non-exclusive networking group from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
First time Guests are free. For more information on the group visit http://womeninkorporated.com.
February 4, 2013 (La Mesa) – San Pasqual Winery will be hosting a Dessert & Wine Pairing at the Tasting Room & Gallery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa Feb. 12 – 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Winery will pair five mini desserts with 5 specifically chosen San Pasqual Wines.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door ($20/$25 for wine club members). For more information visit www.sanpasqualwinery.com. For tickets call 619-462-1797.
June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – On June 12 winemaker Linda McWilliams, from San Pasqual Winery, and Gingham’s executive chef, Ryan Studebaker will combine to create a specially prepared 6 course dinner designed to pair specifically with six of San Pasquals wines. Gingham is located at 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.
June 1, 2012 (La Mesa) – In celebration of La Mesa’s 100th birthday San Pasqual Winery is offering a special Centennial Wine Tasting at its tasting room in downtown La Mesa at 8364 La Mesa Blvd. For $15 you receive 6 generous tastes of San Pasqual’s award winning wines in a keepsake 19 oz Centennial logo glass.
(La Mesa)—Join us for a spirited evening at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in historic downtown La Mesa on Sunday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m. to benefit East County Magazine!
February 1, 2012 (La Mesa) School budgets have been cut to the bone, but fortunately for the Grossmont High School Men’s Soccer Team, San Pasqual Winery is kicking in some help—and asks community support. This Saturday, February 4 from 6-8 p.m., San Pasqual Winery will host a fundraiser wine tasting to benefit the Grossmont Men’s Soccer Team. The event will be held at the Winery’s Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.
November 9, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--The staff at San Pasqual Winery invite you to honor present and past service men and women by participating in “A Toast to Our Veterans.”
San Pasqual Winery hosts “A Perfect Pairing” event with Chef Dave and champion BBQ pitmaster secrets
August 2, 2010 (La Mesa) – San Pasqual Winery’s new tasting room in La Mesa’s downtown village invites the public to join its inaugural cooking class and sumptuous winemaker dinner on Saturday, August 7.