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Buffalo, Wine and Haute Cuisine!

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Jeremy’s On The Hill, Teams with Local Buffalo Ranch and Winery

Wynola restaurant, Jeremy’s On The Hill, will collaborate with local Star B Buffalo Ranch and the Pamo Valley Winery to offer San Diegans a unique evening of wining and dining in the back country.


On Tuesday, February 10, at 6:30 pm, Jeremy’s is teaming up with local Star B Buffalo Ranch and Ramona’s Pamo Valley Winery to conduct a special, 5-course gourmet dinner event that offers haute cuisine consisting of grass fed bison meat, specifically paired with local fine wine.




Jeremy’s On The Hill is creating unique menu items that use American Bison, commonly referred to as “buffalo”.  Jeremy Manley, the 22-year old Le Cordon Bleu graduate and proprietor of upscale restaurant, Jeremy’s On The Hill, in Wynola, believes in using local products for creating his fare whenever possible.  “I felt that working directly with Star B Ranch and Pamo Valley Winery to create a unique dining event was a great way to introduce people to what we can do back here in the East County,” said Manley.


In addition to the salad and dessert courses, the 5-course dinner will include 3 unique dishes prepared with grass fed buffalo meat.  Each course will be specifically paired with local wines that compliment the flavors and ingredients of that dish.


The price for this event is $50 per person, and advanced reservations are required.  Tickets to the dinner can be obtained at Jeremy’s, at 4354 Highway 78, in Wynola, or by contacting Star B Buffalo Ranch, at (760) 789-5767, or Pamo Valley Winery, at (760) 271-3090 or


Jeremy’s On The Hill is a fine dining restaurant, featuring California fresh cuisine.  They serve lunch and dinner, Thursday through Tuesday, and a Sunday breakfast.  They are located at 4354 Highway 78, Wynola, CA, (760) 765-1587.  More information can be found at


Established in 1979, Star B Ranch produces top quality buffalo breeding stock and fine quality buffalo meat.  Recently Star B Ranch has partnered with other mid-western buffalo ranchers to produce a full line of grass fed buffalo meat.  Star B Ranch, which is family owned and operated, is located in the Witch Creek area of San Diego County.


Pamo Valley Winery is a small winery producing premium, award winning wines from local Ramona AVA wine grapes.  They have been producing wine since 2004, and are located at 2032 Black Canyon Road, Ramona, CA,


Granny’s Vineyard – Christmas Rose Unveiling!

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Welcome 2008 Ellie Mae Rose!  On Christmas day we unveiled our first ever exempler bottle of blush wine.  These Syrah grapes (pressed on the skins to make a pink wine) were harvested from my grandma’s, mom’s and stepdad’s property.  The ranch is named Serendipity Ranch and Granny’s Vineyard in honor of Mrs. Ellie Whitcomb.  We harvested these grapes on August 23, 2008.  We picked a small lot of about 200 lbs at 24.5% brix.  This ended up making about 10 gallons or 4+ cases.  The Ellie Mae Rose was an experimental wine being our first “pink” wine to produce, which ended up turning out very nice!  We will continue in years to come to harvest and produce Ellie Mae Rose from this vineyard.  Also planted are Tempranillo which have a few more years of establishing before becoming of quality to make wine from.  A family bottling party is planned January 25, 2009 to bottle the remaining 4+ cases.  This small batch is intended for personal, friends and family use.  Eventually when the vineyard is able to produce enough volume, we will be able to sell this wine commercially.


Christmas Cheers to the 2008 Ellie Mae Rose!  Jeff made a 2009 calendar detailing the progress of the vineyard on the backside as well as the seasons of the ranch and special occassions for each month.  We also watched a picture video of the progress of the vineyard being built from start to finish, including the making of the wine.

Pictured left/Jennifer, Ellie, Don, Sharon and Jeff.




These are the grapes we harvested to make the Ellie Mae Rose 5 months ago!  It seems like yesterday.  We started picking around 7am and finished around 10am.  We didnt finish the crushing and pressing until well into the day.

Pictured are left/grandma Ellie, middle/stepdad Jeff, right/mom Sharon.  Also helping on this day were my boyfriend/Mike, grandmas boyfriend/Don and winemaker/John.

See you grapes next year!