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Sparkling Muscat

Our sparkling Muscat is a crazy experiment that turned out crazy good.  Slightly effervescent with small bubbles.  Honey, ginger, and flowers in the nose.  Dry with a refreshingly bitter bite from the skin contact.  Good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Grenache Rosé

 

 

 

COMING SOON

 

 

 

BPN – Sparkling Red

On the heels of our Pet-Nat success with LaDona and inspired by wonderful French and Italian red sparklers we decided to craft our own. Ours is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked young so as to capture that fresh, tart taste that translates into a good sparkler. Unfortunately, due to limited availability of fruit, our BPN (short for “Black Pet Nat”) is in short supply.

Grenache / Carignane

LOS PILARES SAN DIEGO COUNTY, 50% GRENACHE 50% CARIGNANE

We want to keep processes and ingredients to a minimum, without being dogmatic about it.  Because of the quality of the fruit, our minimalist winemaking approaches the extreme.  No added yeast, acids, enzymes, yeast food, tannins, or anything else.  No oak.  No no sulfur dioxide or any other additives or preservatives.  The complete list of ingredients is fresh grapes.  We do not filter or fine or even rack except to blend.

Our Story

Four friends and amateur winemakers got together a few years back with a straightforward proposition. Make some austere, tasty, expressive, and most importantly authentic craft wine. A wine like that will be true to our home town of San Diego and yet reminiscent of old world traditions.  What started as an experiment turned into a passion. The support that we have gotten has been nothing short of amazing.

Our Values

When we think about what we want to express with Los Pilares, we first think of sincerity. We want the truth to come out in our wines. We want the wines to be a sincere expression of what nature has provided us in San Diego. We want every vintage to have a new interesting taste without being covered by oak flavors, chemical manipulation, or by using additives. Risky? Perhaps. Interesting? Always!

Tasting Room

We partner with Vinavanti in San Diego to produce our wines. Drop by and taste their great wines in addition to ours at: 9550 Waples Street, Suite 115A in San Diego, CA 92121. Hours are: Thursday and Friday 4-7pm, and Saturdays 11am – 6pm.

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