Thursday, March 1, 2012


Beaming with pleasure, owners Kit and Karen Sickels hosted Milagro’s first wine club event on February 25. Winemaker Jim Hart charmed the crowd with a spirited and effortlessly detailed narrative of the process behind each of the featured Estate wines: 2010 Chardonnay, 2009 Meritage, and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Jim has been involved with the winery since 2006, when he answered an ad in the San Diego Reader for a “part-time winemaker.” We’re not sure if the Sickels knew what they were getting into when they brought Jim on board, but it’s clear that they (and we wine club members!) are happy with the results.

Jim Hart leading a winery tour
We learned more about why white wines are scarce in San Diego County. Micro-climates and ocean breezes play a role, but success also involves a large investment in equipment to maintain a relatively long, temperature-controlled fermentation process.

Next month Milargro will be bottling lots of new wine. Look forward to a Cabernet Franc Rosé, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Sangiovese, and 2010 Barbera… among others.

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