Finding Woof'n Rose Winery is a bit of a challenge; owners Steve and Marilyn Kahle wisely ask visitors to call or email in advance so they can provide expert directions. Marilyn was waiting for us when we arrived at their hillside spot overlooking the Ramona Valley, where the Kahles have been growing grapes since 1995. Five years ago they started making handcrafted, unfiltered wines and selling them via retailers and caterers, augmenting their own grapes with others purchased almost exclusively from within the Ramona AVA. They opened their tasting room earlier this year. We liked the un-oaked 2008 Chardonnay (from Mendocino grapes) with just a few drops of Muscat and Gewurztraminer adding refreshing pineapple notes. Next we tried a 2008 Estate Grenache Noir, served chilled – a perfect summer sipper. Three award-winning reds followed; for us the 2008 Estate Cab. Franc won the day.
Woof'n Rose is open by appointment. 760.788.4818