Wine A Bit showcases the diversity found throughout California's wine country at a small wine bar on the Coronado peninsula. More than 300 wines line its shelves, including national and international varietals sourced from small, boutique vineyards, with most bottles costing less than $25. Live music underscores weekly wine tastings, where guests sample and learn about different wines from resident experts. The list of house wines includes fruity and bold reds, such as malbec, and creamy whites, including chardonnay. Wine A Bit also stocks a selection of more than 20 craft beers from Germany and all over California for beer lovers, and also offers appetizers and flat-breads.
At the helm of his urban winery in the heart of the Cedros Design District, winemaker Adam Carruth handcrafts award-winning wines, including the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Best in Class Alexander Valley Cabernet, from grapes he fastidiously collects from all over California. His team handles the production of each varietal from crush to finish, aging juices in barrels that line the walls of the industrial-chic tasting room. The final products—which range from a crisp sauvignon blanc to a bordeaux-style Surfing Madonna—slosh into customized stemware for patrons’ enjoyment seven days a week. Also in the tasting room, guests can peruse the exhibited work of local artists, break into crunchy baguettes from Bread & Cie or nibble on cheese.
The idea for California Fruit Wine was hatched in 2009, when a friend of Alan and Brian Haghighi introduced the twin brothers to small batches of homemade fruit wine. Since those first sips, Alan and Brian have continued to help wine drinkers break free from grape-based conventions, utilizing such fruit as pomegranates, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and pumpkins as the foundation for an ever-growing arsenal of flavors. The winery fills glasses with unique bouquets, and—like the microbreweries throughout Vista Business Park—buys its ingredients from vendors up and down the west coast rather than growing them or stealing them from the refrigerators of napping bears. California Fruit Wine's spacious facility, which is stocked with a stage, bar, and pool table, can also be rented out for parties and private events.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist’s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
The Wine Bank has sold wine and spirits out of its current location for more than 50 years, and it is equipped to preserve fine vintages around the world after recent renovations. Today, two floors of towering wooden shelves and a temperature-controlled basement cellar hold thousands of wines from America and abroad including rare, hard-to-find, and cult varieties. The owners and their crew of wine experts show off their passion for wine and help customers choose the perfect varietal to complement a meal, special occasion, or monogrammed crazy straw. To further facilitate selection, The Wine Bank holds semiweekly tastings that introduce guests to five wines culled from their expansive cellar.