I recently stopped by Fallbrook Winery for a visit with owner Ira Gourvitz and winemaker Vernon Kindred.
and I then adjourned to the tasting room to go through the current lineup.
We first met about three years ago, and though his
wines were good when I first tasted them, they have shown steady improvement.
I'll share just a few of many recent awards they have earned: Platinum for the 2008 33ºN BDX Bordeaux Blend and Gold for the '09 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve at the 2012 San Diego International Wine Competition.
Wine of the Year for the 2011 33ºN Rosato (rosé of Sangiovese).
Platinum and Best of Show for the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and the 2009 33ºN Cabernet Franc at the 2012 Meritage International Wine Competition.
Not too shabby for a winery you may not even have heard of.
"almost obsessive" about keeping yields to three tons or less per acre.
With Vernon Kindred handling the winemaking duties, Ira
has assembled an impressive team that is producing world class wines.