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Liam Houck Fundriaser a Success!

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Pamo Valley Winery held a fundraiser on Saturday in effort to raise money for 16 month old Ramonan, Liam Houck.  It was a blistering hot day and the turnout was slow.  However, as the day went on it cooled down, we did get quite a few people through in the afternoon.  Robert Bradley, Ramona Naturals was very helpful in the process.  We missed the Houck’s but understood that with the heat and baby Liam’s condition that it was probably better to stay indoors.  While we have never met the family, there is a strong sense of community support and urgency to help raise money for this local child in need.  I dont have kids but I felt as if Liam were one of my own on our day of fundraising.  I was very proud to help promote in any way possible.  My brother 38, in New York has had a kidney condition since a horrible car accident in his teen years and one day may also need special attention to his kidney’s.  He’s gone through many tests and treatments so I felt a connection with Liam and knew this was a fundraiser we were going to do.

Some of the fundraising activities at our tasting room included:

50/50 Opportunity Drawing
16  local wine bottles signed by the winemaker – Opportunity Drawing
Wine Tasting Tips for the day
Donation Boxes
 We were very proud to have raised $1,400 and all the monies from the above will go to the Liam Houck family.  It was so neat to have people just come in and give us checks, some for $100 and even a former Ramona resident, Bill Jenkin visiting from Prosser, Washington gave a $250 check towards the cause.

Special mention goes to Pat Donovan who staged his antique tractors on Main St. in our parking lot.  Jeff and Sharon Uran and Mike Celaya for bbq’ing in 100 degree weather.  And the winners of the opportunity drawings, Jim and Ava Stearns who won the 50/50 drawing and Paul Stykel who won the 16 bottles of local wines, signed by the winemakers.

Cleaning and Checking the Grapes

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It’s that time of year! Everyone is scrambling to get ready for Harvesting of the Grapes.  We’re getting our picking bins, fermentation bins, crushing equipment, etc ready to go.  I’ve heard that a few people are picking their Merlot this weekend.  I checked our Pamo Cab yesterday and it’s sitting at 20 brix.  The Primitivo is at 18, Orange Muscat 23 and Viognier 24. I really had a problem with the Orange Muscat and Viognier this year.  Seems I haven’t quite mastered keeping the birds, bees and squirrels out.  We will make a small batch of each this year.  On the other hand, the Primitivo and Cab look amazing!

Wine, BBQ & Tractor Display- Proceeds to Toddler in Need of Kidney Transplant

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Saturday, Aug. 27th, Pamo Valley Winery’s tasting room will showcase a variety of local tractors in their parking lot.  The display will take place at 603 Main St. (corner of 6th & Main St., across from Ramona Mainstage ) from 11am – 3pm.  In addition to the tractor display, there will be a smokin’ BBQ on site for those hungry appetites!  Proceeds from the BBQ will benefit Ramona’s 16-month old Liam Houck and his desperate need of a kidney transplant.  There will be opportunity drawings for 50/50 cash going to the winner and the other half to the cause.  Also a case of local wines from Woof n’Rose , Chuparosa , Edwards Cellars, Hellanback Ranch, Schwaesdall and Pamo Valley,  signed by the winemakers (you do not need to be present to win).  All tips from the winery’s tasting room that day will also be donated.  For more info on Liam, go to “Ramona Toddler Needs Kidney Transplant” or visit Cota for LiamH.

Stop in our tasting room and sample some of our wines.  While at our place we’ll encourage you to make a day of the wine scene and visit other local wineries in the area- we’ll give you a list!  For questions, contact 760.271.3090 or email

Appellation SoCal – New blog goes live!

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Appellation SoCal

The Wineries of San Diego and Beyond

Greg and April’s new blog, Appellation SoCal, is now live. Their aim is to feature San Diego County wineries as well as to help promote local news or events in the area.
Gary and April Linton
Appelation SoCal: The Wines of San Diego County and Beyond

Summer Soiree – Ramona Woman’s Club

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Please help me promote an upcoming wine tasting and food pairing fundraiser for my dear Grandma Ellie and the Ramona Woman’s Club.  For only a $20 donation per person, there will be light appetizers and a wine tasting on Thursday, Sept. 8th at the parking lot of Pamo Valley’s Wine tasting room located at 603 Main St.  There will be a presentation on “How to Taste Wine” and raffles and a silent auction.  Come out and mingle with us from 6pm – 730pm!  For tickets, call Ellie at 760.789.0602 or Jenn at 760.271.3090 or you can purchase your tickets at the Pamo Valley Wine tasting room on Friday 2-6 or Sat – Sun 11-6.  Spaces limited!

1940 Packard Sedan & the Ladies

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Local Ramonian Don Eccker stops in for some wine tasting while displaying his 1940 Packard Sedan and graciously allow others to be pictured  with this beautiful beautiful piece of art.  Pictured left to right are Ramona Cafe waitress Dalia; Pamo Valley Winery owner, Jennifer Jenkin; Pilot and Ramona Airport Executive, Jaye Matthews; Ramona Cafe owner Sonia Steiner.  I think this car needs to be a permanent fixture at our place!  Don later gave me detailed specs on the car:

It’s a 1940 Packard 4dr sedan that was “Hot Roded” . It has a Chevy Vortec engine, Air Conditioning, Power steering, tilt steering wheel, power brakes, Power windows and a power trunk, The interior (counsel & dash) I fabricated from scratch and installed full working power seats from a Infiniti Q45 luxury car. Chrome completely redone inside and out, Paint was Jaye’s idea, The fenders are 2004 Nissan Maxima Champaign pearl brown and the body is 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser cream White with some of the Champaign brown pearl added.

Dog Friendly

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Pamo Valley Winery is “dog friendly”.  After all, how many winery’s or tasting rooms have you visited and actually NOT seen a dog present?  You will always be greeted by our resident dogs Roxy and Teacup at our tasting room.  Many visitors have wanted to go home with them upon their departure.  They are the most loving, tame, non-yapping chihuahua crosses you will ever meet.  We’ve had pugs, german shepherds and our latest visit from Ramonians Michael and Meredith Dow brought in 3 dalmatian puppies!  Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous?  Roxy and Teacup will share their food and water and will even throw in a cookie or treat to any dog visitors.

Pamo Valley Passions Available for Taste

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Pamo Valley Passions Available for Taste
Winemaker Jennifer Jenkin greets visitors at her recently opened boutique tasting room located at 603 Main Street. Photo by Tracy Rolling
By Tracy Rolling – Ramona Home Journal
• Mon, Aug 01, 2011
Ready to woo the community and visitors with her award-winning wines, Jennifer J. Jenkin, owner of Pamo Valley Winery, is pleased to announce that her tasting room is now open.
Jenkin, an innovative winemaker, has been harvesting grapes for more than eight years.
She has introduced a variety of premium wines under the Pamo Valley label, and more recently, JJJ Cellars.
Her success story began in Pamo Valley where the grapes were historically grown. Over time, the vineyard expanded and eventually moved to the lush hillsides of Ramona where the grapes fruitfully thrive today.
Playing an integral role in one of the few woman-owned wineries in San Diego is Jenkin’s mother, Sharon Uran, and her grandmother, Ellie Whitcomb. The trio collaboratively grow, care for and harvest crops on their respective properties, but not without the support of the hardworking men in their lives.
Admitting it may sound like a lot of grapes, Jenkin says it’s not enough to keep up with current demand so she purchases additional grapes from local growers, and credits Ramona grapes as the key ingredient to her femininely influenced wines.
Jenkin says wine making might sound sexy, but it’s a lot of work, adding, “We make our wines the old-fashioned way, by hand.”
Some of Jenkin’s wines are sold in limited supply at restaurants, stores, and at various events throughout San Diego.
Her varietals, including a Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah, as well as several others, can be purchased at her tasting room located at 603 Main St.
Gaining notoriety, her boutique tasting room welcomes an array of guests, including Shahla Akbari from San Diego.
Akbari heard about the tasting room online. She said it was a beautiful drive to Ramona and immediately fell in love with the wines and the intimate stories behind each one, told directly by the owner herself.
“The wines are complex and passion infused,” said Akbari, adding the same could be said about Jennifer’s wonderfully shared stories.
Jenkin invites the public to visit her tasting room where her 2008 vintage will soon make its début and where visitors can enjoy some of the finest wine Ramona has to offer.
Tasting hours are Friday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit

Guests receive a special treat!

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Shahala and Rob from San Diego received a special treat while visiting our tasting room.  We had an unannounced Violinist by the name of Celia Lawley from Lake Henshaw stop in to offer us a taste of her talent.  While just a sample, what an amazing show this young lady performed!  Not only is she passionate about playing her instruments but theatrical and so engaging.  Such a pleasure to listen to and watch.  Her soul really escapes through her music. Learn more about Celia at her website!

Later we had two twin sisters Tracy and Stacy stop by. Tracy is a local Ramonan and brought her sister by who was visiting from St. Louis, MO. Also in this picture is Janet from Julian and Shahala from San Diego.  The ladies shared in a toast as they cheered a joyous afternoon of wine tasting.

Wine tasting and pairing on the golf course!

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The San Vicente Inn in Ramona invited Pamo Valley and Edwards Cellars to attend and pour wines for guests of their sold out event on July 13th 2011.  President of the RVVA, John York was the MC of the evening. He talked about local wines and pairing with the amazing food provided by the Inn’s restaurant the Oaks Grille.  The event was appropriately themed “Wine Tasting Under the Full Moon”.  A saxophonist was also on hand to add to festivities of the evening. Pictured: Jennifer Jenkin and Mike Celaya of Pamo Valley Winery, Ramona.