San Pasqual wines are hand crafted in small batches, using grapes sourced from local vineyards and renowned viticulture regions throughout California. Although our unique passionfruit wines (including the habanero-inspired “Hot Passion”), are consistent award winners at the local, state, and international levels, our wine list also includes a robust selection of award winning, traditional grape varietals and blends, including our 2010 Malbec, selected to represent California style Malbecs in Cahors, France - the “home” of Malbec. With annual production of 2500 cases, most of our wine is sold directly from the winery and tasting room locations, allowing a more personal connection with the people who enjoy our wines.
Each of our three San Pasqual locations are designed to offer a unique wine experience. Our production winery, conveniently located just off the I-8, is open every weekend for wine tasting and personal tours. The La Mesa Village venue, offers a cozy wine bar experience where visitors quickly become friends, enjoying sidewalk seating and live music on weekends. Our newest location at Seaport Village, provides a gateway to San Diego Wine Country for vacationers and locals alike, as they enjoy our wines overlooking San Diego Bay from our deck patio.
Owners Linda and Mike McWilliams have been residents of the San Diego area since the early 1980's. Originally from the Chicago area, Linda and Mike attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, and then completed graduate school at San Diego State. Upon graduation, they established professional careers in the area, with Linda serving as a speech pathologist for local school districts and Mike as an industrial psychologist. Their venture into the wine business began in 2009 when they purchased San Pasqual Winery, then operating in a small industrial space in Pacific Beach. The following year they opened San Pasqual Tasting Room and Gallery in downtown La Mesa, which instantly became a community gathering spot. After persuading the city of La Mesa to revise a zoning statute that prohibited “fermentation” activities, they moved winery operations to a renovated warehouse in the industrial area of La Mesa. After taking over winemaking duties for San Pasqual, Linda has won numerous awards for her wines, including gold medals at the San Diego County Fair, the California State Fair, and the San Diego International Wine Competition. In addition to running the winery, Linda and Mike are active in the San Diego County Vintners Association, with Linda currently serving as President.
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