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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!


Whether you are new to wine tasting or a seasoned connoisseur, you will enjoy your tasting experience at Forgotten Barrel Winery. Our friendly Wine Servers are excited to introduce you to the wines we craft, and make suggestions suited to your taste. Forgotten Barrel offers wine made in Napa Valley as well as at our Southern California Winery in Escondido.  This allows us to purchase grapes from a variety of AVA's in order to produce high quality wine from grapes grown in different regions.

Wine is a personal experience and we believe that only you can be the judge of what you like!


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