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LIFESTYLE T here are more than 100 wineries, vineyards and wine-related busi- nesses in northern San Diego County and Temecula, but forgive Orfila Vineyards and Winery for not being overly concerned by the competition. Now in its 26th year of oper- ation, the ultra-premium small production vineyard and win- ery in the San Pasqual Valley near the city of Escondido feels it has the perfect combination of production, people and place to stand out. "When you have fantastic wine, great customer service and a gorgeous location, you will keep guests coming back for more," said Tasting Room Manager Tom Blankenbeker. "Our Escondido vineyard property is sitting on one of the most picturesque locations that you can find anywhere in the world." It's also adjacent to one of the top public golf courses in the area, American Golf- managed The Vineyard at Escondido, where members of The Players Card pro- gram recently sampled Orfila wines at a special event. Though known for its premium wines made from high-quality grapes grown in either its Escondido locale or top-notch vineyards in California and Oregon, Orfila produces a wide range of varietals. Whether you prefer Spanish reds, Italian whites, ros├ęs or fortified wine, Winemaker Justin Mund said the quality and diversity of Or- fila's wines are two of its secrets to success. "The wine is the key component to Or- fila's success," Mund said. "We make many wines from our Estate Vineyards and fruit from vineyards throughout California and Oregon. We have a good diversity of wines that meet the needs of many preferences." Along with its beautiful estate winery where wines can be tasted or bought, Or- fila recently opened a tasting room in Oceanside. It is an extension of the estate winery but located in "an urban beach en- vironment," Blankenbeker said. The same wines and shareable food plates are of- fered in the tasting room as the winery, but unlike the Escondido headquarters, the tasting room "is a new building with a more modern upscale design and feeling than the estate, which is more rustic" he said. "We are steps away from the pier and the train station, which makes it a very convenient spot for tourists." But wherever you decide to try or buy Orfila's wines, Blankenbeker says you will have a memorable experience. "It is a beautiful place to sit back and enjoy some of the best things about South- ern California no matter which tasting room you are in," he said. SWEET SPOT Orfila Vineyards and Winery stands out nicely in San Diego County AN INSIDE LOOK! > CLICK HERE to visit Orfila Vineyards and Winery online. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . > CLICK HERE for details on wine tastings, daily tours and private groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . > CLICK HERE to visit the Orfila wine shop.

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