You may have noticed if you've seen us on Facebook lately that we have a new name: San Diego Beer, Wine, and Spirits Tours!
There's a reason for that, in case you're wondering. We've decided to expand our horizons! Now instead of just offering our award-winning beer, wine, and food tours, we've opened another drinks tour: the brand-spanking-new Chauffeured Distillery Tour.
San Diego has dominated the world of craft beer for a very long time, but just focusing on that ignores the amazing craft distilleries in the region. Bet you didn't even know that there's a ton of really, really good distilleries here. Even we didn't expect so many — and of such high quality!
But since we are who we are, we want to share our knowledge of San Diego's world of spirits. That's why we've started up our new distillery tour, which includes a chauffeured adventure to three local craft distilleries with food, flights, and even beers! We'll pick you up and drop you off, and there's no better way to learn about the amazing (but not yet well known) spirits scene around here. Bring someone you love to taste the amazing flavors of San Diego's exploding food and drink scene!
The tours run about five hours, and you get a chance to get up close and personal with the distillers to learn more about the small-batch brew scene in San Diego. Give us a call at (858) 551-5115 — we're looking forward to seeing you here!
Brooke B., Small Batcher
We love new experiences around here, and we love to share them with you. That's part of what we do – we go around finding delicious new eats and treats so we can spread the love.
We also love San Diego. That's why we have a big announcement for you. We've expanded our horizons with a new tour and a new partner!
First things first – our new tour. We've had our beer and wine walking, chauffeured, and train tours for years. They're all part of our eco-friendly commitment to San Diego – we try to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible. We also just love your company!
In that spirit, we're offering a brand-new Beer Tasting Trolley Tour. Hop aboard one of San Diego's famous historic “moving landmarks,” the San Diego trolley, and enjoy one of San Diego's renowned microbrews with us!
We're also proud to announce we have a new partner – San Diego's Mission Brewery. Their digs are in downtown San Diego's historic Wonder Bread building, which was built in 1894. It has plenty of room to expand – and, get this. Their tasting room can accommodate 400 people!
Their beer is a rainbow of deliciousness, from their Mission Blonde Ale all the way to their Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout. It's won multiple awards and is, we can attest, mighty tasty. We know you'll agree, because we love nothing but the best!
We know you're going to be as excited as we are to explore more of San Diego's beautiful landmarks and our divine craft beers. We'll see you on a tour!
Cheers to all of you!
Brooke B., Trolley Girl
Father’s Day is coming up and we want to help you make dad’s day one to remember. We’re giving away a free San Diego Winery Train Tour to one lucky winner. What better way to pamper dad than with a tasty adventure that includes wine tasting, gourmet treats and a guided historic walk through some of San Diego’s best urban & boutique wineries?
On this 5 hour Guided Winery Train Tour dad can enjoy:
· Beautiful Coastal Views as he rides the train in style!
· VIP Wine tasting, 18 tastes in all. You can even choose craft beer at one of the stops!!
· Gourmet lunch with fine wine, cheese & chocolate pairings.
· The opportunity to explore San Diego history on guided historic walks.
· A behind the scenes look into the wine making process.
· A wine tasting appreciation presentation.
· Games & prizes.
Leave a comment and tell us why the special dad in your life deserves to enjoy a day of fun and wine tasting, then use the entry form below for your chance to win. One lucky winner will receive a FREE ticket for one of our Winery Train Tours (an $89 value)!
Come back and enter daily to increase your chances of winning.
We've said this before, again and again, but San Diego's best and most underrated season really is autumn. It's when the leaves on the trees change color, the low sun makes the water in the harbor look extra sparkly, and all the harvest activities are happening!
One of our absolute favorite autumn events is Oktoberfest. This Bavarian beer festival was first held to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810, and quickly became a tradition.
But you don't have to make a pilgrimage to Bavaria to enjoy Oktoberfest. San Diego, with its glorious craft beer scene, has taken the traditional Oktoberfest and given it a unique regional flair. Best of all, you can find them all over the county, from La Mesa in the east to Encinitas in the northwest, each chock-full of all the best beer San Diego has to offer — and believe us when we say that is beer well worth a taste, especially all the wonderfully crisp pumpkin- and apple-laced brews.
Want to come sample the best brews of San Diego like a true Bavarian? Come learn about San Diego's beer scene with us. We're offering a 10 percent discount on ALL tours throughout the month of Oktober — er, October.
Brooke B., Bavarian Humanitarian
Somebody get this guy a glass of wine!
We at San Diego Beer and Wine Tours love and respect our dads – and yours!
We think that if beer is the mother of civilization, then wine is the father of culture. Its history can be traced at least to 4100 BCE, but wine probably existed far earlier. It has always been around, kind of like your dad. Speaking of dads, did you know that the Founding Fathers of the United States were oenophiles? Thomas Jefferson had cellar after cellar of wine, and John Adams personally toured Bordeaux.
So, as you can see, fathers and wine (and beer!) all have mutual histories. We want to help you honor your father! That's why we're offering $5 off each ticket on our Fathers Celebration Tours during the month of June. We'll see you on a tour!
Here's to the fathers of the world!
Brooke B., Dad Appreciator
The holiday season is almost over, and 2012 is about to go out with a bang!
At San Diego Beer and Wine Tours, we don't really believe in the standard New Year's resolutions. What's the point of a year filled with thirst and deprivation? Plus, nobody ever sticks with them. That's why we have decided to make 2013 the year of the Resolution Revolution. Instead of taking things we love away, we've decided make changes by adding more good things into our lives. We've decided to take better care of ourselves by eating more good food and drinking as much rich wine and tasty craft beer as we can handle.
If your New Year's promises run in the same vein (and why wouldn't they?) we have any number of delightful tours for you to enjoy to kick next year off in style. Join us for a walking exploration of San Diego's best restaurants and microbreweries, or a chauffered tour of our little-known Wine Country. After all, we're only going to get one 2013. You might as well make the most of it!
Cheers, prosit, and Happy New Year!
Brooke B., Resolutionary
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It was Thursday November 29, 2012, and Paul Anthony and I were very excited about the evening’s plans. We had signed up for Michael David "Zins of Sin" 6-Course Dinner at Proprietor's Reserve. In fact, we were so looking forward to eating and drinking at one of our favorite San Diego places that we arrived a whole half hour early to the event!
That was a very slow half hour as we waited with anticipatory breath and salivatory glands for an evening we predicted would be full of delightful decadence.
Erin and Michael did not disappoint. Erin impressed our refined palates with dishes she had prepared with perfect precision and a brilliant mind for impeccable wine pairing. We even got to purchase these beautiful wines at a great price. (Being a member of Proprietors Reserve Wine Club has some huge benefits!).
Michael David Winery recently released another zinfandel in their sins line. Proprietors Reserve decided to feature the whole line up from MD! Each of the 6 wines was paired with its own bold dinner course including 4 of MD’s exceptional cultish zinfandels! Sarah Kanemasu from MD was absolutely wonderful pouring us hearty portions and sharing insights about each wine. The night even included fun contests to win schwag from Michael David Winery collection!
We’ve included the menu lineup below, and Michael David Winery notes on selected wines.
2010 Freakshow Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon
Charred Polenta Cake | Roasted Pork | Gorgonzola Cream
Known for taking the road less traveled Michael David Winery has always stood apart from the crowd. Whether it be their outlandish brands and packaging or their quirky personalities, Michael and David are definitely on a stage of their own and this wine showcases just that. The fruit for this brute of a Cab comes from the original “super freak”, Michael Phillips vineyard located only a medicine balls toss away from the winery. Surprisingly nimble and elegant, showing great balance, strength, and poise. This Cabernet has a bouquet of dark cherry and roasted spices. Full bodied and mouth filling with gobs of black currant, blackberry, charred oak, vanilla and cassis. Mild tannins with a mellow, long finish.
2009 Rapture Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon
Arugula Salad | Dried Figs | Salem Blue Crumble | Toasted Walnut | Aged Blueberry Balsamic
2007 Sloth Mendocino Zinfandel
Seared Duck Breast | Raspberry Preserves | Pretzel Crostini | Chive Creme Fraiche
2010 Rage Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Orzo Salad | Fresh Bruschetta | Black & Green Olive | Fresh Spinach | Sun Dried Tomato | Chianti Sausage | Syrah Toscana
Dry Creek Valley, a premium winegrowing region, is located in Northern Sonoma County, California, only an hour north of San Francisco. The grapes for this unique wine come from a 45 year old head pruned vineyard. With rocky red soil, this vineyard sits on a mild slope on the hillside block on the southern edge of the Dry Creek Appellation. Medium purple in color with aromas of blackberry, bright raspberry, and vanilla. Nice dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with cracked black pepper and moderate tannins.
2009 Gluttony Amador County Zinfandel
Black Pepper 18 Hour Roasted Pork | Blackberry Cabernet Redux | Pumpkin Shallot Risotto
2009 Lust Lodi Appelation Zinfandel
Wine Braised Short Rib | Cream Cheese & Chive Mashed Red Skins
Each year only the most outstanding small lots are isolated from the over 100 produced at Michael David to bottle under Lust. This vintage, three lots stood out as being the most structured while displaying a ton of ripe berry and spice characteristics we all except to come from a Zinfandel. To enhance this wine all three lots were blended together and put into new American oak barrels that were purchased especially for this program. After being aged for 18 months we blended with a little Petite Sirah to increase the already great depth, color, and tannin structure. Ready to drink now, but with the hefty amount of tannins this wine could easily be set down for a few years. This Zinfandel has a soft texture and decadent mouthfeel, and the flavors are of creme de cassis, caramel cream, melted milk chocolate, tangerine zest, and cinnamon-spiced gingerbread
Truffle chocolates, caramel chocolate balls, cheddar cheese with chocolate ribbon, sea salt caramels, chocolate with 73% Belgian Dark Chocolate Non-Pareils.
Revisit wine pairing above.
We were enraptured when we tottered out of Proprietor’s Reserve around 10.30pm with a very fitting wine under our arm: RAPTURE.
We especially loved the fruit forward berry notes on this gorgeous wine. A very nice finish to a great night. Thank you Michael, Erin and Sarah and all at Proprietor’s Reserve and Michael David Winery.
`Tis the season for giving. While we think that nothing is better than the gift of a winery train tour, chauffeured tour, or a beer tasting tour through beautiful San Diego, we also like to give back. In fact, it's one of the things we're most proud of!
Did you know that a portion of all of our money made goes to San Diego's underprivileged children and teens, and another portion goes to people struggling with health or financial challenges? So every time you buy a tour, you're not just having a great time, you're also helping out people who need it.
If you prefer to donate directly, here are some of our favorite charities:
Summit4StemCell, tour guide Marti's organization of choice, is part of the Parkinson's Association of San Diego and supports non-embryonic stem cell research in partnership with the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla and the Scripps Research Institute.
Shakti Rising, one of Shira Bliss's favorite charities, focuses on personally empowering girls and young women, with the end goal of creating societies that are healthier for everybody, especially women and children.
The Playing For Change Foundation, Brooke B.'s favorite, is dedicated to using music and education to promote positive change in blighted or war-torn areas. Musicians hold concerts to raise money or put together videos using performances from far-flung corners of the world to raise money to provide children with safe spaces to learn.
These are just a few of the many wonderful charities out there. But no matter which community you give back to during this season of giving, we raise a glass of our favorite wine to you.
Brooke B., Charitrix
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If you’re looking for a top-notch hotel in San Francisco/Sausalito we highly recommend The Inn Above Tide. This is a great place to stay when you’re planning on touring the nearby wine country. The scenic vineyards of Sonoma and Napa are just a short drive north.
The management at Inn Above Tide go above and beyond the call of duty. We were greeted by generous, kind staff that were more than willing to attend to our needs. Once escorted to our luxurious room we were thrilled with the special tokens of appreciation there to greet us, such as the personalized welcome note and beautiful bottle of local wine. The view of the bay from our room was unparalleled. The cozy fireplace a welcome addition; they even built the fire for us.
The afternoon wine reception in the drawing room was delightful and we thoroughly enjoyed partaking in the gorgeous wines and cheeses. The breakfast the next morning was fabulous; we especially loved the freshly made quiche and the fruit tasted freshly picked. A huge thank you to Inn Above Tide. We sincerely hope you’ll all take our recommendation and stay at this beautiful place when you’re in the area. Check out our video above for more about the glorious amenities of this delightful hotel.
Shira and Paul
June takes its name from Juno, the most important goddess in the Roman pantheon. Juno was called Hera by ancient Greeks and Uni or Cupra by the Etruscans, who once populated what is now Tuscany. She helped rule heaven alongside her husband, Jupiter. Juno, whose name means “vital force,” is the goddess of marriage, women, and new beginnings. The first day of every month also belongs to Juno.
New beginnings are also on our mind right now. La Jolla Wine Tours is growing to include San Diego Beer and Wine Tours as we expand and bring you the best wine AND beer throughout San Diego County! We’ll even have a online booking system on our website to show off to you soon. Follow us on Twitter to keep abreast of all the new happenings.
Incidentally, one of Juno's many aspects or epithets was known as Potina, the goddess of the act of drinking. We'll drink to that!