Newsletter for October 2022

Here's what's happening at the winery

We're in the middle of fermentation. Right now, we have 4 Micro Bins full of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 2 full of Malbec and 2 full of Petit Verdot grapes. We've kept the winery air conditioning running steady so the temperature is cool, which is causing fermentation to proceed slowly. But that's alright. It may be proceeding slow, but it's going in a positive direction and we're almost finished with this batch. More grapes to come. You might notice the yeasty smell inside the tasting room the next time you stop by. It smells so "Winery."

Here's a picture (below) of Trent checking the "Brix" (pronounced "Bricks") of the wine. That's a French word that describes the sugar content that we monitor during processing. Fermentation is where yeast eats the sugar in the grapes and produces alcohol as a by-product. The brix content is high when we start and gets lower as the yeast consumes the sugar. Conversely, the alcohol content rises and eventually kills off the yeast completing the fermentation process. That's some interesting chemistry. Trent charts the brix content, and other things, to make sure fermentation is proceeding properly.

I don't want to get you too excited about the current batches, because it'll be a couple years before we're able to drink those wines. It's interesting that white wines ferment for 5 to 10 days, then the juice sits in a settling vessel, matures for 3 to 6 months and is ready to drink. With red wine, it's different and a longer process. After 5 to 10 days of fermentation, the skins are pressed to get the juice released for maturation. Red wine sits in a settling vessel for a few months and is then pumped into oak barrels where it'll sit for 2 to 3 years. Red wine is much more complex than white wine, and therefore, requires more time to develop.

Just know that Trent and Peter keep a close eye on the wine that you'll be enjoying down the road. It's a labor of love. Thank you Gents!

Heard at the winery.........

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Burger Night

Friday, Oct. 21st, 4-8pm

14053 Midland Road

Poway, CA

It's time for Chillin and Grillin again, and Mission Cellars is ready! You do the "Chiilin" and we'll do the "Grillin." What could be better than a fresh grilled burger and a glass of wine? The burgers from Filhart Beef are farm raised beef from Greg's family in Michigan and they are DELISH! You won't find better quality or tastier meats anywhere! And you already know about the great wines at Mission Cellars! Burger Night is always a busy night and all of your friends will be there.

This is an open event so anyone can attend. No RSVP is required. We hope to see you there.

Music Schedule

October has 5 Sunday's. Here's our music schedule for the month:

October 2nd - The Eichor Trio

October 9th - The Push Pins

October 16th - The Resonators

October 23rd - Younger Cole Band

October 30th - Jim Bianchi

The music will be playing from 2:30 to 4:30PM on Sunday afternoon's, so come out to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio with some great entertainment. There's NO COVER CHARGE and we're open to everyone. You're welcome to bring food or you can order it from the local restaurants, right from our patio. The Hop Stop, Smokin Js, The Hamburger Factory and Wholly Crepes are all available for food service. Food and wine are meant to go together so let's eat, drink and be merry!

Thank you for supporting our music program and our musicians.

We appreciate your patronage at The Mission.


Do you sing in the shower? Would you like to learn to play the guitar? Mission Cellars can help you with that.

MIke Slayen is one of the musicians who plays for you at The Mission on Sunday's. He's giving adult lessons for a suggested donation of $15 for an hour lesson (7 to 8PM). This is a group setting with small groups of 5 or 6 people and one lesson given at the winery each month. Please bring your own guitar.

The next one will be held on Thursday, October 20th from 7 to 8PM. The sessions are intended for beginners or for those who would just like to brush up on skills. Arrangements can be made with Mike directly.

You can view Mike's website at Theguitaraces.com and you can register for his classes or ask a question at mikeslayen@aol.com. Pick up that guitar and have some fun.



"SIP San Diego" is holding their annual Fall Tasting Event at the Escondido City Hall . It's an outdoor event from 5 to 8PM on Thursday, November 10th. Here's the write up from SIP San Diego:

Join us and more than 12 other San Diego urban wineries, meaderies and cideries at SIP San Diego’s Fall Tasting Event on Thursday, November 10th! Because you’re a Mission Cellars customer, we’re giving you exclusive access to discounted tickets before they’re on sale to the public. The link below will lead you to tickets for $59 for a limited time, and general admission tickets for $79. Don’t miss out!

Here's the link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-san-diego-fall-tasting-event-tickets-420678208847

You can also use this URL: SIPSanDiego.eventbrite.com

Sounds like a GREAT event! See you there!

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Old Poway Park Events

Old Poway Park will be holding their annual Rendezvous Weekend on October 1st and 2nd. They'll be showing off the early pioneer life and traditions all weekend. It's always an interesting display of how things were done before we had WiFi.

The park will also be holding it's Once Upon a Hallowe'en on Friday, October 29th. There will be a Haunted House, some carnival games and train rides around the park. Sounds like a spooky good old time to me!

Mission Cellars will be open during both of those events. We'll be handing out treats for the kids and you adults can get a glass of wine for your own celebration. Trick or Treat Friends!