The official National Drink Wine Day may be on Feb. 18, but you don't have to put down your wineglass when it ends. San Diego has several events around the county to help you celebrate wine through the weekend and beyond.
Sip & Support
4-11 p.m. Thursday. Vinavanti Urban Winery, 1477 University Ave., Hillcrest . (877) 484-6282 or vinavantiurbanwinery.com
Stop in for a glass of wine today - National Drink Wine Day - at Vinavanti Urban Winery and pay it forward to a local charity. This month's featured nonprofit, San Diego Velo Youth, helps teach life skills to children in need and at the end of several weeks of training, awards them with their own bicycle. Sipping wine never felt so good.
Wine Tasting Tour to Guadalupe Valley
8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Various boarding locations around San Diego. $125. (619) 299-5777 or daytrippertours.com/tour-schedule
Explore the growing wine region of Baja's Guadalupe Valley during this day trip to a few of the area's top wineries. Hop on a luxury tour bus at one of several boarding locations around San Diego and enjoy the ride across the border to just northeast of Ensenada. Tour stops include the family-owned boutique winery La Casa de Dona Lupe, and larger winery L.A. Cetto, where there will be a catered luncheon included. Note: A valid passport is required on this tour.
Winemaking Demonstration at Curds and Wine
1-3 p.m. Saturday. Curds and Wine, 7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa. Free, reservation required. (858) 384-6566 or curdsandwine.com
Learn just how easy it is to make your own wine at home or on site during a free demonstration at Curds and Wine. We will go through all of the basic steps of making wine from kits, from start to bottle. This will be an interactive demonstration, you will have an opportunity to take part in winemaking steps hands-on. This demonstration will take about 2 hours, and then you can start your own wine!
Wine Appreciation Class
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Falkner Winery, 40620 Calle Contento, Temecula. $20-$70. (951) 676-8231 or falknerwinery.com
This new Wine Appreciation Class is designated for people of all levels of wine knowledge with the objectives of improving their knowledge in how to best enjoy wine and having fun. This class is designed for all ages (21+) and all levels of wine knowledge. Individuals can expect to learn about wine tasting, wine production, wine and food pairing, and wine quality determination. A lunch menu option also is available for $25 per person. Class sizes are limited and reservations are required.
Wine Tasting and Art Show
2-5 p.m. Sunday. @SPACEBAR Cafe & Wine Bistro, 7454 University Ave., Suite A, La Mesa. Free. (619) 461-7100 or atspacebar.com
An opening wine tasting reception for a Black History Month program for @SPACE for the Arts 2016 will feature works from the late San Diegan artist Jihmye Collins, who was also a community leader and activist; works from local artists; and Ade Adeyemi, the event curator and an artist whose work draws inspiration from African, African-American and American Pop cultures. The exhibit runs through February.
Feb. 23 - March 29
Business Opportunities in the Wine Industry
6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. San Diego State University, 5250 Campanile Drive, San Diego. $309 or $339 after Feb. 13. (619) 265-7378 or ces.sdsu.edu/wine
If you've ever thought about a career in the world of wine, this is the class for you. Part of the Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine program at San Diego State University, this course presents an overview of the many possibilities for entering a career in the wine industry. Production, importing, distribution and retail segments will be presented through a specific case study approach, while pricing, positioning, marketing and operations components will be analyzed as they relate to the wine business model. Instructor Jesse Rodriguez, CWE, AIWS will lead the course.