When I told a friend that I was going wine tasting in San Diego, she replied, "Have fun — the wineries in Temecula are great!"
Close, but no cigar: Temecula is in Riverside County. It's a common mistake that gives San Diego County's thriving wine scene short shrift when compared with its northern neighbor.
The county's collection of wineries takes many by surprise, but it was way ahead of the curve, with winemaking dating from the 1820s. The northeast corner of the county, in particular, is full of vineyards, most of them mom-and-pop operations. There are a few large ones as well, drawing visitors to the dry, hilly terrain.
Unlike that younger upstart...