Southern Californians by nature are not pluviophiles (lovers of rain or those who find joy on rainy days). Americans run from far and wide to bask in the glorious rays of sun that clock in 266 days per calendar year. So for those cloudy, stormy, rain-filled days San Diegans need a little liquid comfort to ease their abbreviated Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Here are some go-to rainy day drinks complete with musical pairings to soothe your grey-hued blues.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
This famous white wine is also perfectly suited for moody, grey days. If you want to expand your palate, try their Te Koko, a wild fermentation sauvignon blanc aged in old French Oak barrels.
Soundtrack: “Cloudy Days” by Alison Krauss: “Cloudy days don’t the sun ever shine anymore? Stormy weather will you always be around?”
Marlborough, New Zealand, cloudybay.co.nz
Cloudline Pinot Noir
Grab this red when you see that dark grey cloud line over the ocean.
Soundtrack: “A Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan: “Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world ... it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.”
Willamette Valley, Oregon, dreyfusashby.com/cloudline-cellars
Cloud Break Chardonnay
This full bodied buttery chard is for those diehard Cali fans. Think toasted oak, coconut, vanilla, pear, and apple. Here’s to the clouds breaking.
Soundtrack: “Rain” by The Beatles: “Rain, I don’t mind. Shine, the weather’s fine ... Can you hear me that when it rains and shines, it’s just a state of mind.”
Parlier, California, cloudbreakwines.com
Chocolate Rain, The Bruery
Scoring a perfect 100 on Rate Beer, this whopper of a beer (18-19.5% ABV) is for drowning sorrows with a blanket and a nap. Visit taphunter.com for available locations in San Diego.
Soundtrack: “Some Rain Must Fall,” Ella Fitzgerald: “Into each life some rain must fall, but too much, too much is fallin’ in mine”
715 Dunn Way, Placentia, California, thebruery.com
Cali Rain, Aftershock Brewing Co.
Easy going and low alcohol, you can nurse your gloomy heart with a few of these 5.2% ABV Cream Ales.
Soundtrack: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival: “I wanna know have you ever seen the rain? Comin’ down on a sunny day?”
28822 Old Town Front St., #108, Temecula, aftershockbrewingco.com
Mix this organic and gluten-free vodka into refreshing cocktails (think Moscow Mule) on your rainy day. Or put a little Chambord (a black raspberry liqueur that will turn your drink purple) in your drink and make it muse over a past love from the 1980’s.
Soundtrack: “Purple Rain” by Prince: “I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain.”
Frankfort, Kentucky, rainvodka.com
Drowned God cocktail, Kindred
Perhaps an homage to Lono, the Tiki god associated with rain, the cocktail lightens up any dark day with aged rum, pineapple, coconut, lime, and angostura bitters. Don’t miss snapping a photo of this Instagram-worthy drink.
Soundtrack: “The Rain Song” by Led Zeppelin: “This is the mystery of the quotient, quotient, upon us all, upon us all a little rain must fall.”
1503 30th St., South Park, barkindred.com