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Sat, Jun 04


Castelli Family Vineyards

Local Winery: Castelli 5-Course Winemaker Dinner w/Nelson Pizarro + Chef Erin Sealy: Sat. 6/4

Please join us for the next installment of our Local Winery dinner series!

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Local Winery: Castelli 5-Course Winemaker Dinner w/Nelson Pizarro + Chef Erin Sealy: Sat. 6/4
Local Winery: Castelli 5-Course Winemaker Dinner w/Nelson Pizarro + Chef Erin Sealy: Sat. 6/4

Time & Location

Jun 04, 2022, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Castelli Family Vineyards, 17870 Oak Grove Rd, Ramona, CA 92065, USA


About the event

We're excited to announce the next dinner in our Local Winery dinner series!

Please join us for our return to local winery dinners! Postponed for the past two years due to covid, Chef Erin is very excited to announce this unique experience focused on our local wineries and vineyards. Enjoy wine selections from our award winning local wineries while taking in the sights of the winery, vineyards and surrounding areas where the wines are produced. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the full romance of winemaking and cultivation. Owners/winemakers will join us for these events to present their creations and share their vision of what making wine in San Diego County means to them.

For our second dinner we are pleased to be working with Castelli Family Vineyards in Ramona. Winemaker Nelson Pizarro creates beautiful wines with a focus on the varietals that grow best in San Diego County. In addition to growing their own vines, Castelli also sources grapes from other areas of San Diego County and a few other special California vineyards. The Castelli family has created a wine paradise in the Western part of Ramona, complete with Tuscan architecture, overlooking the valley and vineyards. This dinner will be held in the lovely Tuscan style winery, which comfortably seats 46 guests. You won't want to miss this fantastic evening of wine, food and conversation. 

* Please note, this dinner will take place in a working winery. Though the event is in June and indoors, a light jacket is recommended.

* Please also note that the winery is in a gated community and there will be a security gate which will require a code to access. Please use the following code to open the gate:  7135

Each selection will be paired with its own wine inspired dinner course, prepared by Chef Erin Sealy. Chef Erin specializes in pairing food with wine, with a slightly different approach than most. Prior to creating a menu, each wine is tasted and reviewed and then she creates a food pairing, highlighting the nuances of each wine. This concept creates a dinner and pairing experience with layers of complexity and unique creations which exemplify the enjoyment of each wine. With a passion for food and wine, Chef Erin delights attendees with a detailed account of the pairing concept and cooking techniques that create each course. Expect a fabulous evening of wine, food and educational insights! Seating is limited. Please see below for additional dinner details and a registration link.

Wine + Dinner Menu:

2016 Castelli Family Vineyards Sangiovese

Focaccia Crostini Topped with Italian Truffle Fontina, Blackened Portobello, Heirloom + Castelvetrano Fresh Bruschetta, Crumbled Bacon and Rosemary Crème Fraiche Drizzle

2018 Castelli Family Vineyards Tempranillo

Broiled Salmon with Chef Erin’s Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam Glaze in Brown Butter Fennel Puree with Charred Cherry Tomatoes and Chimichurri Drizzle

2016 Castelli Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Black Pepper + Panko Crusted Pork Loin Topped with Shredded Duck Confit Served in Sauce Tomat with Roasted Fingerlings + Red Wine Braised Crimini and Shallot

2018 Castelli Family Vineyards Petite Sirah

Wine Braised Lamb Shank Osso Bucco in Au Jus Reduction with Braised Tomatoes, Sweet Onion and Eggplant over Caramelized Shallot + Romano Soft Polenta and Topped with Shaved Parm-Romano

2017 Castelli Family Vineyards Lulu Red Petite Sirah Dessert Wine

Bitter Chocolate Crème Brulee with Blackberry Preserves Center and Black Pepper Dusting served with Fresh Blackberries, Mint and Rosemary-Hazelnut-Black Pepper Florentine

5-Course Winemaker Dinner $125 (Includes Tax & 18% Gratuity)

Castelli Wine Club Members $115/person (Includes Tax & 18% Gratuity)

The Upper Crust $115/person (Includes Tax & 18% Gratuity)

Upon successful registration, your provided credit card will be charged and you will receive an auto-confirmation email immediately. Please be sure to purchase a seat for every person attending. RSVPs are required for all events. Please use the link below to register. For any questions, please contact Erin at or 619.823.3541

For other events and Pop-Up Dinners with Chef Erin, please visit our website & calendar:


Though we cannot guarantee special requests for menu changes, please contact us (email/phone above) if you have any food allergies or special considerations and we'll do our best to accommodate! Please understand that this is pop-up experience, it is not a restaurant. A temporary kitchen is built to accommodate the dinner and resources are very limited. Minor changes can usually be accommodated. Diary Free and Vegan requests cannot be met, though reduced dairy and vegetarian typically can be met. Please DO NOT buy tickets with the assumption that any special request will be met, please check with us first. Please note that if you purchase tickets before inquiring about your modification, and it cannot be accommodated, the below cancellation policy still applies.

There is a 48-hour full-refund policy. We apologize that cancellations within 48 hours of the event cannot be refunded.

Lastly, please note that your total cost for the dinner includes two processing fees that are collected by third parties and do not transfer to Wine Pairs Events. Instead of passing on these additional fees to customers, we have decided to absorb them. This however means that when a customer cancels a reservation, at any point, about 6% of the ticket total is non-refundable, as these processors do not issue refunds for any reason.

About This Venue:

This event is being held at a winery. PLEASE NOTE this is a working winery. Please be aware of the area around you and watch your step. All seating is outdoors, under an awning/cover and space heaters can be turned on, if needed. Seating is comprised of 2-6 top seating. Group seating of up to 6 people is easily accommodated, with advanced notice. All seats are standard table height, have backs and are comfortable. Parking can be a challenge but the winery does have some parking. Ride share services or taxis are always recommended. Please be sure to note any special requests or seating requirements during your registration. If you are interested in staying the night at the winery's BnB, please contact them directly: +1(760) 839-7999


  • 5-Course Wine Dinner $125/pp

    Base price includes sales tax and gratuity

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