San Diego may be thought of as a craft beer mecca, but with the rise of urban wineries and artisanal restaurants, wine has become a prevalent liquid pleasure around tow.
On May 25, grape lovers can raise their glasses to National Wine Day at a variety of locales around the city. Whether it’s a multi-course dinner pairing, discount drinks or even frozen treats, there’s a delicious vino option for any taste and budget.
Tempt your taste buds with a mouthwatering three-course wine pairing dinner created by executive chef Ryan Moore. Kick off with with polpo al limone, grilled octopus with fresh herb and lemon dressing paired with Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio. Next, dig into vitello piccatina al limone, veal medallions with mushrooms, lemon, butter, capers and white wine sauce paired with Irony Pinot Noir. Round out National Wine Day with a limoncello mousse, topped with mascarpone crème fraiche and fresh berries paired with Inniskillin Vidal Icewine. Price: $70 per person.
932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454, primavera1st.com
Ocean Beach’s award-winning urban winery joins forces with chef Noelia Murias and her Basque family on May 25 for paella and wine. All Gianni Buonomo white wines and Sangria will be $5 per glass from 5-7 p.m. Paella will be available beginning at 6 p.m. for $10. No tickets or reservations are required. For more information visit here.
4836 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.991.9911, gbvintners.com
Pacifica Del Mar
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a glass of wine overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Watch the waves roll in at the Ocean Bar while sipping on wines for a wallet-friendly $6, including the Primo Rosso Red Blend, Miraval Rose and Smithereens White Rhône Blend.
1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0476, pacificadelmar.com
The Wine Bank
Try out a celebratory wine tasting from 6-8 p.m., then peruse their two floors of wine for must-try bottles from around the world. Tickets are $20 per person.
363 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.234.7487, sdwinebank.com
Fig Tree Café
Keep your budget in line while still raising a glass with half-off glasses of wine during brunch at all locations, and half-off wine flights during dinner at the Liberty Station location, which is the only one open late.
Pacific Beach, Liberty Station and Hillcrest, figtreeeatery.com
Mezé Greek Fusion
Who says you can’t daydream and transport yourself to Europe on National Wine Day? At Meze, sample the unique and tasty wines of Greece with half-off select bottles of Greek wine, including Bosinakis Winery Mantineia Moschofilero from Mantineia, Domaine Foundi Naoussea Xinomavro from Naoussa, and Domaine Porto Carras Limnio from Meliton Slopes, Greece.
345 Sixth Ave., downtown, 619.550.1600, gaslampmeze.com
For a cool treat, don’t miss this downtown hot spot’s introduction of frosé on National Wine Day. El Chingon’s organic frozen treat is made with peach juice, strawberry juice, Domaine de Jarras Pink Flamingo rosé and vodka.
560 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.501.1919, elchingon.com
Want to share your wine adventures? Tag @wineday and use the hashtags #nationalwineday and #wineday (and of course #PacificSD) on social media.