San Juan Capistrano, the Next Napa?

A second wine-tasting room is coming to town, and two demonstration vineyards are planned.

A new wine-tasting room is coming to town, after a vineyard set up a remote mini-vineyard and tasting room of its own recently.

With new demonstration vines planned as part of the  at the city-owned next to , perhaps San Juan Capistrano will become as well known as for wine as it is for swallows, cowboys and historical buildings.

According to Ron Tamez, owner of Hamilton Oaks Vineyard and Winery – which is in the process of moving into the – the state's very first wine was made by the Spanish missionaries who founded Mission San Juan Capsitrano.

That makes San Juan Capistrano the birthplace of the California wine industry.

Both he and the city are planting mission grapes for their demonstration vineyards.

Now comes Five Vines Wine Bar, which is opening in the former outlet  across from the , which proposes to offer wine tasting, appetizers and sales of wine and beer.

Owners Suzy Fairchild and Randy Fairchild are hoping to open by Oct. 22, their anniversary.

The proposal will come before the Planning Commission on Tuesday. Staff is recommending approval.

Clint Worthington August 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Lon, I am not quite sure who "you guys" is? Anyway, yes I did call you to see if you wanted to run on the same ticket. That was prior to Derek Reeve pulling papers and Jim Reardon. You politely said no. There was not any begging. I asked you one time and you politely declined.
Alberto Barrera August 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Clint, I presume you'll be supporting Roy Byrnes as he seems to be part of the ticket that I see has been formed. If you really wanted to hold elected officials accountable, you would not support the former mayor, or any former city council member for their failure to add another route to get to the other side of town. I understand your frustration concerning safety, if it were up to me, I would have built two fire stations in the city, or at least forged and agreement with Laguna Niguel and Dana Point to ask for their assistance in taking care of the Eastern side of town. I agree that holding our elected officials to their word is healthy for the community, but some of the things you're doing aren't necessary. I find that making two different websites attacking the same person doesn't make fiscal sense.
Clint Worthington August 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Alberto, thank you for the concern of my own personal fiscal responsibility. I think I am doing ok with that. FYI, all the vehicles are paid for (truck, MBZ, Corvette, Kawasaki, Harley, custom railroad car and custom pump car). Credit card debt is less thank 2k. When I reserved the website, the monthly cost of that was equal to the cost of a Double Double, fries and a chocolate shake. It is within my budget. Thank you for caring.
Alberto Barrera August 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Well I guess I'm just a little more frugal than you are Clint, seeing as I'm unemployed and currently leeching off of my parents.
melissa kaffen August 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Love the idea of using SJC's vineyard history to build a commercial enterprise. I recently tasted some amazingly sweet grapes growing on a SW wall next to the Marbella golf course. Heres wishing the Fairchilds... salud, amor y pesata y el tiempo para gozar los.


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