“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so I may wet my mind and say something clever.” -Aristophanes
May 25 marks a special day for vino lovers everywhere: National Wine Day. From 4100 BC to present, wine has won the world over with thousands of varietals and myriad aromas and flavors.
Here are a few of our top picks for celebrating the nectar of the gods in style.
Wine for a Dime
Customers who buy a select bottle of wine with their dinner at Blue Boheme get to take a second bottle home for only a dime. In addition, more than 30 bottles on the French restaurant’s list are 50 percent off from open to close.
Bleu Boheme, 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167 or bleuboheme.com
Chocolate and wine
Go decadent with a wine tasting flight that includes chocolate for only $18. Best news? Those who partake on National Wine Day get to keep a branded Koi Zen Cellars wine glass. Also, the winery is offering $2 off glasses of wine from 2-6 p.m.
Koi Zen Cellars, 12225 World Trade Dr., Ranch Bernardo, 858.381.2675 or koizencellars.com
Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner
Housed in the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Marcos, this event is part of an impressive Walkabout Wine Dinner Series. Hosted by Executive Chef David Warner and venue sommeliers, the dinners are priced at $65 - a veritable deal considering the quality of wines presented. The three course dinners run from 5-9 p.m., and guests can reserve their spots anytime within that window. Future events include Justin Winery on June 22 and The Prisoner Wine Company on July 27.
Decoy Dockside Dining, 1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, 760.744.0120 or decoydockside.com
Discount wine deals
Fig Tree Café
Soak up the wine-inspired atmosphere, complete with inspirational quotes while imbibing on the 50 percent off wine bottles all night.
2400 Historic Decatur Rd. #103, Liberty Station, 619.821.2044 or figtreeeatery.com
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
Stop in for happy hour and dinner with select glasses for only $7. From 4:30-9:30 p.m., enjoy selections that include sparkling, rosé, sauvignon blanc, Barbera d’alba, and malbec.
2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222 or bankershillsd.com
The magic word here is “all.” As in all day, all wines, including pinot noir, malbec, and chardonnay for only $5.
1236 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.241.2710, uptowntavernsd.com
Miss B’s Coconut Club
Cheers it up with all night deals on wine, including 50 perent off all bottles and glasses of wine.
3704 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.381.0855, missbcoconutclub.com
Bracero Cocina de Raiz (soon to be Romesco)
If you haven’t already heard, the Little Italy hotspot Bracero will transform into Romesco in June. In their dénouement, they will be featuring three Mexican wines on special: a sauvignon blanc Monte Xanic from Valle de Guadeloupe, a Mourvedre Petit Verdot, and a Santo Tomas Barbera.
1490 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy 619.756.7864, bracerococina.com
No matter where you live in the county, there are several locations of this San Diego hot spot to raise your glass to National Wine Day with all night happy hour.
Whisk & Ladle: 1044 Wall St, La Jolla , 858.551.7575 or whisknladle.com; Prep Kitchen: 1660 India St., Little Italy, 619.398.8383 or prepkitchenlittleitaly.com; 1201 Camino Del Mar , Del Mar, 858.792.7737 or prepkitchendelmar.com; 7556 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.875.7737 or prepkitchenlajolla.com
Social media tip: When you snap your wine happy pics for Instagram and Twitter, hashtag #wineday and #pacificsd so we can toast along with you.