"The haunting melody of a howling wolf pack is heard in only a handful of states, as wolves have been exterminated from a vast majority of their original range," explains the California Wolf Center's website. Though these howling cries are harder to find than they once were, one place to witness their grandeur is at the California Wolf Center.
The non-profit was founded in 1977 to educate the public about wildlife and ecology, specifically the history and behavior of the gray wolf. Located 50 miles east of San Diego, it houses two subspecies of wolves: the Alaskan gray wolf and the endangered Mexican gray wolf. The center also participates in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan, which aims to help the endangered species recover in the wild. At the facility, wolves live in enclosures that can help retain their natural behavior, as some of them will eventually be released back into the wild.
Cuisine Type: Estate-grown Bordeaux and Italian wines
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera
Outdoor Seating: Yes
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc was named San Diego County's Best Wine at the 2012 Del Mar Fair state wine competition. The 2010 Barbera is a multiple gold medal winner including in national and international competitions. The Aleatico is a dessert port-style wine that is perfect for the holidays served with dark chocolate.
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Our tasting room is open for tastings Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm, and includes an extensive gift shop, estate grown olive oil, and views of the state of the art winery. We have a limited food menu but welcome you to bring a picnic.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery offers a wide selection of red and white varietal wines, all estate grown in Ramona, CA. The varietals grown are typically Bordeaux style like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc; or northern Italian style like Barbera, Sangiovese and Aleatico. The farming methods used are sustainable.
Tucked away in the sunny and picturesque Ramona Valley, Lenora Winery bottles beautiful wines in an equally beautiful setting. Amongst a wide range of varietals crafted from the eight types of grapes that flourish along the vineyard's sun-drenched hills, Lenora boasts a number of award-winners, including their 2012 Lenora Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Visitors can enjoy samples of the wines at the 22-seat tasting room, or drink in the views on the outdoor grape arbor with seating for 44 people. During tastings, guests sample white, rose, red and dessert wines as well as blends procured from several vintages. Winemakers lovingly hand-craft each elixir, with many bottled into fewer than 25 cases.
Sprawled across 20 acres on Sunshine Summit, La Serenissima produces premium, handcrafted wines. To develop its complex varietals, the Venetian estate winery follows traditional winemaking practices that have been passed from one generation to the next. Such a process begins with remarkable grape quality, which La Serenissima achieves through organic farming practices. The winery's process also includes meticulous harvesting, oak barrel fermentation, and aging timed by taste instead of pouring the wine into a giant hourglass. La Serenissima showcases this process during winery tours, during which visitors taste wines in different stages of aging straight from the barrels.