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Let’s Drink to That! Utilizing Wine Tasting Events to Develop One’s Business

It’s not surprising that some of the best business deals are made over wine and cheese at a wine tasting event. Wine relaxes people as a new study in the UK confirmed and this effect seems to double when you are dealing with people who are in love with wine in the first place.



Wine tasting is at best a social activity — that in itself is the perfect opportunity to get to know people for business contacts. This subtle marketing strategy hinged on the universal love for wine can be tapped for pretty awesome results.




Wine Tasting: A Sensory Experience


Wine tasting events or tours are organized for people to partake in wine, examine its taste, and mingle, of course. The act of setting aside time and effort for this sensory experience is a throwback to the time when ancient winemakers pause and taste their own concoctions.



Is it good? How good is it? What makes it good? The heightened senses of the winemakers as they look, swirl, smell, and taste are all for judging the sweetness, the character, and even the tanginess of what they have lovingly made and stored in their cellars for months.



Of course, the wine tasting events of the yesteryears are far from the elaborate set-up that the modern world has. Vineyards and wineries, for instance, organize wine tasting events for guests to taste their house specials with a guided tour of the winemaking process and the varietals featured. Department stores and corporate entities can also conduct their own wine tasting event for their beloved clients.


What’s amazing now is you can hold a wine tasting event with a strategy to develop contacts for business.




Wine Tasting for Your Business


There is a myriad of reasons why wine tasting can be a golden opportunity to develop a network for business purposes. And the best part is, you can do it yourself or ask the help of someone at Speckle Rock Vineyards to set the stage for your appearance.


  1. Wine tasting is an intimate event. Whether they are hosted in tasting rooms, function halls, or directly at the vineyard, wine tasting has always been about the wine and never about the number of attendees. Of course, this limited number of people makes it easier for you and everyone else to go around and interact.
  2. When wines are pouring so do conversations. Wines can ease tension and lighten things up especially when inside an air-conditioned room. People are more likely to be casual and friendly for chitchats after a glass of good wine.
  3. Wine breaks the ice. When people with common interests meet, they share an inherent liking toward each other. This, again, helps them become more open to ideas presented before them.
  4. Wine brings people together. It’s not unusual for wine enthusiasts to know each other, even in the smallest of cliques on Facebook or a Sunday club. People you invite over can introduce you to a friend or two, widening your business network.



At the end of the day, it’s who you know that matters especially if your business involves meeting other people, e.g. sales, marketing, real estate, insurance, and winemaking, of course.





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

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Visiting California: Here are the Best Wineries by the Region

California is America’s no. 1 wine producer, according to the Wine Institute that is committed to advocacies and policies related to California wines and businesses. Per the group’s research, California-based bonded wineries represented 40% of the overall 11,496 wineries in the U.S.



Global sales factored into, California put out 278 million wine shipments in the U.S. and worldwide in 2017. This easily puts the state as the fourth largest wine producer in the world.



With these glowing numbers, visiting California means being in wine heaven where some of the world’s best Cabernets, Merlots, and Sauvignons wait to be tested by travelers from all over.




Best Wineries by the Region


For a state that boasts thousands of wineries, picking at random is a tall order. We are talking about 100+ designated American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in California’s 58 counties.



Against this backdrop, the rule of thumb is to explore, plan, and organize wine visits and tours by the region. It’s practical this way and you get to cover the acres that matter, not to mention the side trips to museums, local shops and more.



California’s climate promises that each region is going to offer something new and exotic for visitors like you.




Head to the North


Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Marin, Solano, Lake County. The North Coast is where the wine-making business started that has made California the wine capital it is known for. As the state’s wine mecca, the region is home to at least 800 wineries and 40+ AVAs.



The region’s perfectly mild climate cultivates some of the best varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir – in the world. A visit to the region is not complete without heading to California’s most famous wine spot, the Napa Valley where the best wines go with the sweeping landscapes.




Find Your Center


Moving onto San Francisco (south), Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and we have the Central Coast.



While the North Coast is famous for its traditionally full-bodied tastes, the Central Coast’s cool climate produces distinctive, if not intense and controversial, take on their Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, and of course the world-famous Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara.



At the heart of California is the Central Valley that is home to a diverse range of agricultural produce supplied throughout the United States. Its fertile soils expectedly grow grapes, particularly table grapes that make it one of the fastest wine-growing regions.



Lodi that sits close to Sacramento, the capital of Central Valley, is most notable for its big, bold red variety of Zinfandels.




Down South


The South Coast refers to the stretch encompassing Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Orange, collectively Southern California.



Wines in the South Coast taste like the warm weather and cool ocean breeze from the Pacific combined. San Diego exemplifies this Mediterranean climate with its Petite Sirahs, Tempranillos, and Syrahs. Temecula Valley and Escondido are not to be left behind as their top wines include but are not limited to Chardonnays and Grenaches.




Focusing on a region thus streamlines the process of visiting wineries – remember there’s a handful to choose per county per region like Speckle Rock Vineyards located in Escondido in San Diego County. Call us today to book your next wine tasting event!




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

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Welcome to Speckle Rock Vineyards

San Diego is the 5th largest county for Type 2 winemaker license in California. From 2015-2016 wine sales increased 88%, and generated $30.4 million in regional economic impact. Speckle Rock Vineyard and DG Cellars winery co-exist on the Perrin Oak Ranch, that is located at the 1200-foot elevation mark high atop Highland Valley Road, Escondido California. The recently completed, modern 4000 square foot winery features five Sonoma Cast stone concrete tanks, surrounded by all the latest high-quality equipment, and sparkling stainless steel. Our Head Winemaker is Ivan Caloca, who hired on at the start of 2017 season. He came to us from Paralelo winery owned by Casa De Piedra located in the Guadalupe Valley Ensenada, Mexico. Speckle rock Vineyards is entering its fourth vintage season and all the bottled & cellared wines are expressing themselves spectacularly. We are very proud of our unique varietal selection, it gives us a huge selection to play with from varietal wines to blends. Varietals planted are Sauvignon Blanc, Falanghina, Clairette Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Grenache, Merlot, Petite Syrah, Carmenere, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo. The 2015 vintage was field blended & is still barrel aging, the 2016 vintage is already bottled, and 2017 we have bottled two whites, one rose’.

The property has many unique features, such as a majestic marine layer that come in from the coast just 24 miles away via the San Pasqual Valley directly below us and covers the vineyard in morning fog regularly.

The 200 plus acre Perrin Oak Ranch has gorgeous granite rock features, offers 360-degree panoramic views from its many hilltops. The lush valleys are lined with old Oak trees, a private lake, ponds, waterfalls, rock features. The grove side of the property has 1400 avocado trees, a selection of citrus trees, and vegetable garden. But the highlight is the 23 acres of rolling hillside vineyard, with over a dozen private picnic setting to choose from, all with food and wine pairings to enjoy a great picnic in the country.

The property has a warming calmness to it. Once you enter the gates, you will feel the open space and you will want to come back to claim your own piece of the private & secluded countryside paradise. It has an overwhelming presence of serenity, placidity, tranquility. We are hoping to always be a favorite place for the refined wine lovers, adventurers at heart and youthful wine explorers.

We welcome you to Speckle Rock Vineyards!