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Adobe Hill given Best of Show Rose at county fair wine competition

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Adobe Hill Winery took home the Best of Show Rose award of the Toast of the Coast Wine Competition associated with the San Diego County Fair.

The Toast of The Coast Wine Competition included 34 Rose, Dry Rose, Medium Dry Rose, Medium Sweet Rose, and Sweet Rose entries. The Dry Rose of Adobe Hill Winery received a score of 94 points along with a Double Gold medal.

"We're very excited and very proud and surprised," said Adobe Hill Winery Owner and General Manager Gordon Merrick.

Adobe Hill Winery received Best of Show Rose status for a bottle of 2022 Estate wine from the Fallbrook winery's Canonita Vineyard. "It was a very nice surprise," Merrick said.

After living further north in California earlier in his childhood, Merrick lived in La Jolla and Del Mar. He had been living in Orange County prior to moving to Fallbrook. "We decided we wanted some property, and Fallbrook was the most economical," he said.

Merrick purchased a five-acre Canonita property in 2016 and first planted vineyards in 2017. "We hit our limit and decided to purchase more property," Merrick said.

Adobe Hill Winery kept the Canonita portion of their winery after purchasing the 85-acre Via Ranchitos property in 2019. Nine acres of the Via Ranchitos property have vineyards which were initially planted in 2020.

Although Adobe Hill Winery has entered wine competitions in the past, this is the first year the winery has entered the Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. A 2020 bottle of Merlot received 90 points and a gold medal at the county fair's wine competition.

"We're just trying to get going and get the word out there to come visit us," Merrick said.


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