North County Wine Company (San Marcos, CA)

My friend Curtis introduced me to a great wine shop/bar in San Marcos, CA yesterday evening.  The North County Wine Company ( offers an impressive variety of wines at all price points.  This shop is owned and operated by Jim and Bill Tobin and they provide a warm and welcome atmosphere, an incredible depth of wine knowledge, and a great selection of wines to taste by the glass.  We tried a set of 10 blind tastes (5 white and 5 red) which are offered at $2.00 a taste.  The highlight of the night was a bottle of 2012 Tenute Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana.  This Tuscany IGT wine is comprised of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot.  It is beautifully balanced, with firm tannins and spicy fruit.  18 months on new French oak adds some spice to the blackberry and violet aromas.

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