San Diego Cellars was listed as one of the “19 hottest wine bar across the country” by Eater National.
San Diego Cellars was listed as one of the “19 hottest wine bar across the country” by Eater National. What an honor! Take a look at the rest of the article here.
San Diego Cellars’ first major concert at the winery, we are proud to present Pedro Sa’ Moraes from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
On Saturday January 25, we are proud to present Pedro Sa’ Moraes, currently on a North American tour from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Pedro is an amazing musician on the cutting edge of contemporary Brazilian music. Pedro’s current tour is taking him to such prestigious stages as Yoshi’s in San Francisco, and we couldn’t be happier to present you the opportunity to see him here in San Diego.
or by calling or emailing me with your ticket order. Because of our space constraints, we do expect this concert to sell out!
New York Times review: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/arts/music/brazilian-explorative-music-a-concert-of-experimentation.html?ref=music&post_id=1391397243_10202942016256673#_=_ <http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/arts/music/brazilian-explorative-music-a-concert-of-experimentation.html?ref=music&post_id=1391397243_10202942016256673#_=_> -“Guitarist and singer Pedro Sá Moraes is a great introduction to Rio de Janeiro’s adventurous music scene. At turns rocking and lyrical, Moraes demonstrates his ability to mine Brazil’s rich musical veins and turn traditional rhythms and forms on their heads” – Tim Wilkins (NPR.org)
Thanks everyone for a successful book launch and signing by local authors Larry Zeiger and Jack Beddows at San Diego Cellars, a downtown urban winery, tasting bar and kitchen. Guests were able to meet Larry Zeiger and Jack Beddows, who were selling and signing copies of their new book, “Nice Legs”. Guests were able to also sample and purchase San Diego Cellars’ recently released CRUzer of 2009 Syrah, Nice Legs Cuveé, personally selected by the authors to best represent the quintessential ‘Nice Legs’ experience.
“Nice Legs: A Pairing of Wine & Words” is a compilation of humorous stories the authors’ wine-induced conversations with friends, family and strangers, acquired over the years whilst fulfilling their monthly tradition of seeking out wine bars throughout the world. “Nice Legs” is available to purchase at Amazon and CreateSpace. In addition to the limited release “Nice Legs” Cuveé, San Diego Cellars will also have a wide variety of hand-crafted wines available in both traditional 750ml bottles as well as the unique refillable, eco-friendly CRUzer bottle. San Diego Cellars is San Diego’s only downtown urban winery with a custom tasting bar and gourmet pairing kitchen.
Quick reminder that our December Wine Club Pick Up Party is on Sat. 12/14/13 from 12-6pm at the Winery.
Here is another great review of San Diego Cellars – Winery by “diary of a MAD HUNGRY WOMAN” please check out her blog for some great pics our food, below is her review: http://madhungrywoman.com/
If you think wine can only be made out in the middle of nowhere where there is a lot of rolling hills, then think again. I recently visited a winery slap in the middle of San Diego’s little Italy where small batches of really excellent wines are being made and introduced to the locals.
The grapes are purchased from various growers and the wines are produced out back right off the patio area. Step outside and you will see the bins where the grapes are going through their fermentation process.
There is a tasting room where you can enjoy the array of wines created by owner and vintner Todd Hipper and a lot of them are on tap! Yes, on tap! This is the coolest part: a lot of the wines are available for sale in a CRUzer, a 1000ml glass bottle, an ecofriendly refillable, swing-top bottle. The CRUzer is to wine what a growler is to beer and you can buy any of the wines on tap in this CRUzer and then bring it back to be refilled again.
On the evening of my visit, I met Rich Stern, CEO and Business Manager of San Diego Cellars, who chatted with me about my likes and dislikes and then helped me with a tasting of wines which would pair well with the nibbles we were having. He even was kind enough to pose for me when I requested a photo of him dispensing wine from their wine taps!
I started with a pour of the 2012 San Diego Cellars, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Rose ($5 glass/$20 CRUzer). This refreshingly light wine with a nice hint of fruitiness. It went really well with the first plates which arrived.
The winery’s in-house chef Samantha Roach is a graduate of the Art Institute and was right on site making sure everything was spot-on. She stopped by to chat for a little bit explaining the small bites she has created as ideal pairings for the wines.
Daily Charcuterie Plate ($15) changes from time to time, but tonight, it was prosciutto, Point Loma Salumi, pork liver pate made in-house and pickled vegetables.
I was blown away by how absolutely sublime the pork liver pate was. Creamy textures filled with savoriness and aromas from the spices and herbs used. This was my favorite thing on the plate besides the pickled vegetables which Chef Roach created. The amount of tartness combined with the crunchiness of the vegetables are in perfect harmony and I couldn’t stop eating them.
The Gourmet Cheese Plate ($15) was next and comprised of some of my favorites: double cream brie, Humbolt Fog, Point Reyes blue and gouda. There was both fresh and dried fruit as well as a delectable house-made fig jam.
My next pour was the 2008 San Diego Cellars, San Diego County Syrah ($6 glass/$25 bottle) which I loved so much I bought a bottle to take home with me. Even though it was aged in oak barrels, it wasn’t overpowering and possessed a really pleasant mineral finish.
The Crostini Appetizer ($9) we chose was the heirloom tomato jam with burrata, micro basil on seasoned crostini. The heirloom tomato jam is predominantly tomatoes and sugar but packs a really flavorful punch pairing well with the creamy burrata.
I went ahead and tasted the next two syrahs on offer from consecutive years. I enjoyed the 2009 San Diego Cellars, San Diego County Syrah ($6 glass/$25 CRUzer) just a tad more than the 2008, but unfortunately they didn’t offer it in a bottle and I don’t live close enough to come back to refill the CRUzer.
The 2010 San Diego Cellars, Santa Ynez (Paradise Road Vineyard) Syrah ($8 glass/$32 CRUzer) was the other one I tasted.
Flatbreads ($10) make a great accompaniment because the carbs help soak up the alcohol you won’t be able to resist drinking here. Pistachio Pesto, heirloom tomato, burrata with micro basil is a great vegetarian offering……
….. however, I enjoyed the Arugula Walnut Pesto with prosciutto and parmesan with dressed mixed greens tremendously. It’s probably the added saltiness from both the prosciutto and the parmesan and everyone knows what a salty palate I have!
My final tasting was a 2011 Mignanelli Winery, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($8 glass/$32 bottle), a fabulously easy to drink, yet full bodied red. I love pinot noirs so I might be a little bias on this one.
Those of you who love wine will delight in San Diego Cellars’ unique array available to the public. They make great Christmas presents and the CRUzer, a unique one if you are giving away as gifts to friends living in San Diego. Go check them out as soon as possible! You won’t be sorry.
Most local winemaking operations set up shop on the rural outskirts while tasting rooms spring up in well-trafficked areas. San Diego Cellars (2215 Kettner Blvd.) balances both at a quaint spot in Little Italy where wines are both made and served.
Nestled among office buildings and interior-décor shops, the location is just a block from craft-beer juggernauts Bottlecraft and the newly opened Ballast Point Brewing on India Street. San Diego Cellars fills a void for wine-lovers, offering a casual setting in a vibrant neighborhood where guests sample wines by tasting or glass.
A friend and I opted for a tasting and, for $10 each, selected six wines to try. Not normally a fan of rosé, I let my friend have at the only pink wine on the menu. However, at her coaxing, I took a sip. The rich flavor of Pinot Noir grapes with only a faint sweetness made this one easily drinkable.
The standouts, for me, lay on the other side of the menu. I tried multiple Syrahs, a Cabernet Sauvignon and an old vine Zinfandel—all of which I enjoyed. The 2009 and 2010 Syrahs topped my list. The 2009 was smooth and tasted like ripe berries and jam. The 2010 had a sharp acidity but held notes of cocoa and pepper. If you’re a wine drinker with patience, this would be one to hold on to—also, could you lock a bottle away for me?
One interesting concept here is what they call a CRUzer. Similar to a growler purchased at a brewery, this refillable glass container is an ecofriendly bottle option. Another selling point: the CRUzer is filled to 1,000 milliliters (a bit more than standard 750-milliliter bottles.)
While the modest winery celebrated its grand opening only weeks before my visit, it already has a regular clientele; many patrons knew the bartenders by name and enjoyed their tastings for free as members of the wine club—a perk that convinced my friend and me to split a membership.
2215 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 619-269-9463