Carlsbad Winemaker Selling Grapes

by The Editors on January 31, 2008

Christopher Van Alyea, 35, has been making wine for almost two years out of the Witch Creek Winery on the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Grand. Recently, the 35 year old has been gaining notoriety for selling more than his wine according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The budding winemaker, whose creations are gaining a foothold in North County, supplemented his income last fall by selling surplus grapes from the family’s Sonoma County vineyards to wine hobbyists. . . With the grapes priced from $1,800 to $2,400 per ton (depending on the variety) 20 area winemakers bought Van Alyea’s entire stock of more than 9 tons of grapes. At least one Oceanside wine hobbyist said he is hoping to buy more this season.

Personally, we’d rather let someone else make our wine for us.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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