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.
When a golfer seeks inspiration, she looks toward the skies over Scotland, just as a baker gets a second wind from his brochure of the Choco Mountain Range. Today's Groupon inspires with a saucy salute to Memphis: $20 worth of sweet meats and succulent, finger-licking barbecue for $10 at Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q in Coronado. Follow the sweet-smelling dreams that haunt long nights in your rib-shack.
Although it started out slinging only Birkenstock sandals, Birkenstock of San Diego now fits shoppers with shoes by more than 30 style-, environment-, and comfort-conscious manufacturers. Birkenstock's Gizeh Birko-Flor sandal ($74.95) provides pronounced arch support and more to double as leisurely foot dens, and it comes in seven synthetic varieties. Vibram FiveFingers ($74.95–$124.95 for adults; $59.95 for kids) nestle each little piggy into its own home, spreading the foot naturally and reducing stress on the knees, hips, and lower back. The quest for 100% sustainable shoes is led by Simple, whose men's D-Solve sneakers ($64.95) rock organic cotton lining, footbeds, and laces, and include biodegradable soles and water-based glue to hold the shoe together.
It's only been a decade since shutterbug Barbara Steinberg devoted her talents to boudoir photography, but her portfolio brims with a lifetime's worth of lens-fogging efforts. Her work with more than 1,000 Southern Californian women has landed the photographer on several San Diego news programs. More than 100 outfits accompany the lingerie, jewelry, and accessories in Barbara's private studio, where taste runs tantamount to titillation during one- to two-hour boudoir sessions helmed by the all-female staff. As they ease into the session, subjects may also opt for one of the studio's signature silhouette poses, which conjure an air of erotic mystery and effortlessly arouse hunky Alfred Hitchcock–aficionados. Custom calendars, folios, and albums preserve each blush-worthy image, which Barbara lightly touches up for no additional cost.
After purchasing a stretch of property in Ramona in 1998, William Holzhauer and Tammy Rimes finally fulfilled their dream of owning a winery. Along with the equine facilities they built for their peruvian paso horses, the pair planted vineyards and erected a winery modeled after a 16th-century mission Spanish mission in California. That nostalgic theme continues in the tasting room, where staffers adorned in historical attire greet guests from behind a hand-carved pinewood bar. Once inside, both visitors and tasters for paranoid CEOs sample wines concocted from California grapes while milling among wine-barrel tables, a bubbling fountain flanked with planted bulbs, and windows overlooking the plaza. Along with its local wine-sampling soirees, the tasting room accommodates microbrew tastings and private events for up to 40 guests.
Collins Family Jewelers is a family-owned jewelry store, in the Mira Mesa mall, that has served the San Diego area for over three decades. The interior layout of the shop is large and comfortable, making it easy to browse the elegant array of glass displayed diamonds and colored-stone jewelry. They carry industry-leading brands, such as the luxurious Gucci and Tissot watch bands, and specialize in appraisals, repairs and custom engravings. The staff is personable and remains helpfully involved during the selection and design process. Each gem carried at Collins comes with an independent lab report and every purchase has a lifetime warranty. From engagement rings to bracelets, patrons have the benefit of being guided by jewelry professionals with extensive knowledge.