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Forgotten Barrel LLC

Meet Our Winemaker


John Eppler spent 30 years in Northern California where he had his own brand, John Robert Eppler Wines!  He also spent time working at Robert Mondavi and Rosenblum Cellars, with two of the more innovative wine makers in California history.  He made his way to Southern California to "retire" but his love for winemaking pulled him back and Forgotten Barrel is the lucky winner!  John brings his sense of independence making original choices when selecting vineyards and choosing winemaking methods.  John's style is making full and richly flavored wines.  They are big and bold which accentuates the terroir of San Diego county. We are excited to have John at the helm as we enjoy our 2nd harvest from San Diego county fruit.  Last year we made 2 barrels of Muscat of Alexandria, the grape from our home vineyard.  We plan to bottle our first vintage of Muscato in 2018!!


Forgotten Barrel offers a wide selection of premium hand crafted wines using fruit sourced from Napa, Sonoma, Central Coast and San Diego County.

The reincarnation of the former Ferrara Winery has transformed this once-forgotten homestead into a tranquil rustic hideaway in the city. Our winemaker, John Eppler, hails from Northern California, having worked in Napa for Robert Mondavi, Rosenblum Cellars, and his own brand, John Robert Eppler Wines. Visitors are sure to enjoy a friendly and relaxed wine tasting that will long be savored.


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