Blue Door Winery’s tasting room is expanding and there are new offerings. We really liked the crispy 2010 steel tank Chardonnay from Santa Barbara grapes; this would be a great oyster wine! Our other favorites are the 2009 Barbera – nicely tannic, and ooooh, the Merlot. The 2010 vintage was made from local fruit (Hidden Meadows in Escondido) and aged in brand new French oak barrels. After only eleven days in the bottle, this wine was redolent of pipe tobacco and leather with a dry, fruit-scented finish. We had to bring some of this home.