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From Avocados to Wine: Into the Story of How the Perrin Oak Ranch Began and Evolved Through the Years

Producing wine will never be complete without the history of how it all came to be. The best beverages and the best dishes did not spring out of the blue. Below is a brief history of how Speckle Rock began seeking to be one of the top vineyards in San Diego.



Before Speckle Rock Vineyards and DG Cellars even began to produce fine wine to sell to the market today, it went through a whole lot of history that’s worth sharing as to how they make their products.



In this piece, we all look back in time as we remember how this promising ranch began their journey to becoming one of the top vineyards in San Diego. Discover the wonderful history of the Perrin Oak Ranch: home of the Speckle Rock Vineyards and DG Cellars.



A Brief History of the Perrin Oak Ranch


Back on December 8, 1977, Duane and Clea Perrin bought a beautiful 320-acre property nestled in the Highland Valley Road in Escondido, California. After naming it as Perrin Oak Ranch, they began developing the ranch in 1980. These led them to plant 5000 Hass avocado trees across 55 acres.



The fruits of their labor showed great potential and the Perrins knew it’s definitely a start of something new. However, the beauty of the ranch did not only lie in its potential. The entire ranch itself is a picturesque location that will take your breath away.



Its location lies 24 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and the land it stands is elevated from hundreds to thousands of feet high from the ground. Because of this, you will be greeted with a rich blanket of fog throughout one of the top vineyards that make up for majestic mornings. It’s definitely a sight you want to wake up to.



“Born from the Ashes, Raised on the Vine”



But then the Perrin Oak Ranch encounters a tragic event along the way. On October 22, 2007, the tragedy of the Witch Creek Fire struck on the southeast part of the San Diego Wild Animal Park which was on the other side of the San Pascual Valley.



As the fire fuels itself by over 100 mph winds, it spread up the Bandy Canyon and creating a huge firestorm. The fire ate up the majority of the Perrin Oak Ranch and almost took the life of its owner, Duane “D.O” Perrin while he was sleeping. Thankfully, he got out to safety in time.



The fire destroyed structures, farm equipment, and, most of it all, about 3000 avocado trees. The only thing that was left standing after the fire was finally put out was the granite boulders that carry the words “Speckle Rock”.



From that tragic memory, Duane decided to rise up from the ashes and start over. Instead of replanting avocado trees, he decided to plant wine grapes. Through that move, the Speckle Rock Vineyards and DG Cellars were born.



Currently, the ranch has more than 23 acres of the vineyard where the magic of wine production happens. Each year we target to plant more acreage to reach our 40-acre goal and ultimately yield 4,000 cases every year and continue aspiring to be one of the top vineyards in San Diego, complete with wine tasting events and bottles wines.



The inspiring story of how it all came to me was how their slogan was inspired: “Born from the Ashes, Raised on the Vine.” Because that’s what we did, then we came about from the ashes of an unforgettable tragedy yet faced a future through their vines.



Speckle Rock Vineyards is located in beautiful Escondido, California and we’re happy to serve the following cities and counties and their surrounding areas in Southern California: Vista, Valley Center, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, Mesa Grande, Poway, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Temecula


Opening weekend at Speckle Rock Vineyards

It was a beautiful day at the winery, the sun was out and many wine bottles were opened. We were unsure about who was going to show up, but our attendance ended up being outstanding. Word got out that Speckle Rock Vineyard’s tasting room was open and we had a phenomenal weekend full of positive energy. Friends and family were eager to help with serving wine and making cheese plates. Guests were able to relax in the beautiful environment, while tasting the wines we have worked so hard to create. Everyone was welcome to come enjoy the event, even pets! The winery provided a picturesque backdrop for the exciting event.

Each tasting was $10, and there were 4 different varieties available. The options included Falanghina, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and Red blend. Complementary cheese platters were given to customers to celebrate the grand opening as well. The wines did not disappoint, and the Falanghina seemed to be a crowd favorite. It was so popular that customers were walking out with cases.

The weekend was filled with good food, amazing wine, and plenty of laughs. This opening weekend was just a small peak of what is to come for Speckle Rock Vineyards. We anticipate many more weekends just like this, and it is just going to get even better. The future is bright and we are excited to share our wines with more and more people.

The tasting room will be open every Thursday through Sunday for the summer months, 12noon to 6pm. Gather your friends and family and join us on our new journey.


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What the Falanghina! Here’s What You Need to Know About the Falanghina Wine

Falanghina wines are an ancient native wine grape of the Campania region of Italy. It is also known as the Falanghina Greco. The GH makes a hard “G” sound, so Falanghina is pronounced “fah-lawn-ghee-nah”. There are two distinct varieties. One is the falanghina beneventana which has a rich floral structure. The other one is the falanghina flegrea which comes with a fruity and delicate flavor.


Falanghina wine is a great wine for all seasons, but really shines during the warm-weather season. An excellent choice for consumers who are looking for something different in a white wine selection. It loves to be served chilled. This affordable white wine option gives a refreshing, reviving, and thirst-quenching kind of magic from every sip.



Finding Falanghina Wines

This wine is a signature white wine of the southern Campania region of Italy. It’s a region that encompasses Naples. However, a selection was donated to the Foundation Plant Services public collection in 2000 by Carlo Mastrobererdino, Mastroberardino Winery, in Atripalda in the Campania region of Italy. The original plant material underwent microshoot tip tissue culture disease elimination therapy at FPS in 2000. After successful completion of testing for the California Grapevine Registration & Certification Program, Falanghina 01 was planted in FPS Classic Foundation Vineyard in 2005. Finally in November 2014 Falanghina was approved as a recognized varietal by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for use in the United States.



An internet search for Falanghina wines will yield results mostly from Italy, yet this ancient varietal is finally finding its footing on American soil, especially in California. With just a hand full of vineyards planted, the California growers are poised to put Falanghina on the map as the next great white wine. One such vineyard and winery is Speckle Rock Vineyards of Escondido, California. With 1800 vines planted from 2013-2015 Speckle Rock Vineyards 2016 bottling was good, but the 2017 vintage is spectacular with 250 cases produced. It is the favorite of all who visit the 23 acre vineyard and tasting room located at 16138 Highland Valley Road, in Escondido, Ca.



Future of Falanghina Wine for the West Coast?

The growth potential of this varietal in California and the West Coast is very promising. Why? Because the West Coast and specifically California love Italian varietals and red wine. How does this help the growth of Falanghina wine? Knowing that white wine holds a smaller percentage of the wine lovers palate, only means there is room for growth, if the white wine is the right fit. An Italian varietal like Falanghina can fill this void yet not filled among the red wine lovers, who are looking for a white wine they can enjoy like a red. The facts are that West Coast wine lovers love their Italian varietals. So, Falanghina offers a fruity and floral delicateness which deserves its own spotlight among wine lovers and connoisseurs on both sides of the fence.



How Should You Enjoy a Great Falanghina Wine?

Falanghina wines are a great companion for a hearty lunch as it is fresh and tangy enough to pair with food. It’s a good partner when you’re sitting in the garden, on the beach, enjoying a picnic or just basking in the beautiful summer sun.


For foodies, it’s best to pair with delicious tomato-based Neapolitan dishes like spaghetti. It’s also great with mouth-watering seafood like scallops, fresh squid with lemon juice, and dressed crab. And the cherry on top of it all, it’s the perfect pair for a drool-worthy slice (or two) of a Margherita pizza.


Hungry yet? Well, make your food adventures more memorable with a delicious white falanghina wine for a better experience. Bon appetit!



Speckle Rock Vineyards is located in beautiful Escondido, California and we’re happy to serve the following cities and counties and their surrounding areas in Southern California: Vista, Valley Center, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, Mesa Grande, Poway, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Temecula