A Labor Day Weekend note from one of our wine specialists, Marc Stubblefield:
Labor Day is upon us, the last signpost before the leaves start to change, the breezes start to nip through our clothes and the summer tank tops give way to flannel and…. Wait, what? We live in San Diego - It’s about to get warmer in September! Still, the holiday weekend brings visions of smoky grills and kiddie pools and an attempt to mark the changing of the calendar to that thing other folks call Autumn. But what to drink with those ribs, tri-tip, burgers, late-summer corn and sausages? Of course, in San Diego there’s no shortage of beer to ice down in the cooler on the patio, but where should we turn if our tastes follow a more vinous pursuit? The classic BBQ pairing is good ole American Zinfandel (Limerick Lane, anyone?), but the possibilities are endless. Rosé spritzer that can go all day (Guilhem en magnum + Fever Tree tonic and lime)? Funky, natural Pinot Gris that showcases bright red fruit but also has enough structure to handle some ribs (I’m looking at you, Swick)? Or maybe some laser-beam bubbles that can cut through anything the grill can throw at them (You’re up, Lauer Sekt)? Don’t let the same-old IPA waylay your weekend – find some wines to make your festivities sing!
That party ended in 2014, yet the echo of its passionate battle cry lives on in our hearts and minds. We invite you to join us this Sunday for a celebration of great riesling and a toast to the passionate wine people who threw a rad party in honor of a misunderstood wine.
We put the spotlight on 5 different rieslings from 5 different origins-- Rheingau, Mosel, Wachaü, Santa Barbara and Alsace. Guaranteed you will find at least one that totally alters your perception of this regal cultivar.
5 Wines. $15/person. Starts @ 1 p.m. Hope to see you there!
VIVE LE FRANCE!
If the 4th of July began the global Democratic Revolution, Bastille Day cemented the movement and provided the inertia for its perpetual motion.
As many of you already know, we're kinda' bullish on the French stuff. Celebrated globally, we invite you to join us for our Bastille Day party THIS THURSDAY, JULY 14TH.
-Special all French by the glass menu
-Premium glass pours out of magnum bottles
-And lots of French fusion jazz violin!
VINO CARTA IN LITTLE ITALY COMBINES SIPPING AND SHOPPING
Bottlecraft Uncorks Wine Tasting Bar & Bottle Shop in Little Italy
by Candice Woo
Bottlecraft, a craft beer shop with locations in Little Italy, North Park and the soon-to-open Liberty Public Market, has always stocked its shelves with a few wine bottles, but this week, trades hops for grapes with the launch of a new dedicated wine store, Vino Carta, which is now soft open with a wine bar component.
Last December, Bottlecraft owner Brian Jensen transplanted his Little Italy shop into an expanded space nearby but held on to the original location. Its unique liquor license, which allows both retail sales and on-premise consumption, combined with the lack of progressive wine stores in San Diego, prompted Jensen to apply his bottle shop/bar concept to wine.
Open from noon to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends, Vino Carta offers up to20 wines by the glass, with prices ranging from $6 to $12 for full pours. There will be occasional wine flight specials, but guests can create their own flights by requesting half-pours of any glass selection.
The store's inventory represents the globe's classic wine regions, but the emphasis here will not be as focused on well-known wine varietals — chardonnay, cabernet, etc. — as traditional wine stores. Vino Carta plans to feature small family-run producers and natural wines made via organic and sustainable farming practices, with most bottles coming in under $30. Advanced sommelier Evan Vallee will provide on-site wine guidance.
The bar will serve some prepared food, from snacks to cheese and pate, but also allows patrons to bring in outside food, which they can enjoy with any bottle for an $8 corkage fee; there's also a good array of craft ciders that can be popped open for $1 corkage. The store has library of wine books to read while you sip, and will sell wine guides, maps, stemware and accessories, as well as flowers and succulents from pop-up shop Huntress.