This La Jolla location of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is conveniently nestled into the Aventine shopping center, adjacent to the Hyatt Regency courtyard. They serve up some of the finest USDA prime beef, which can be ordered wet or dry-aged, broiled or iron-crusted. These choice cuts can then be topped with truffle-poached lobster, diablo shrimp or king crab with caviar. The steaks pair elegantly with their award winning collection of 100 wines by the glass, all of which are thoughtfully curated during a twelve-month tasting process. Its flare for fine dining makes Fleming’s a popular place for a date night and they also offer a private dining experience for intimate get-togethers and events upon reservation.
Wines for Humanity's professional wine advisers lead in-home tastings that teach guests the finer points of a five-point wine-tasting technique, all while raising funds for local charities. As students sip several exclusive vintages, they learn to judge wines' colors, aromas, and voting records, as well as pick out suitable food pairings. Before the tasting event, Wines for Humanity will bring glasses to the home while selected wines will be delivered by a local retailer in the state of Illinois and hosts are encouraged to prepare complementary cheese and crackers. Wines that are selected for tasting run at an average of $20 per bottle.
Vinavanti Urban Winery vintner Eric Van Drunen's wines taste good on their own, but they're just as good to the earth as they are to their drinkers. This year, Vinavanti was the first San Diego winery to be certified as organic. This means its locally sourced grapes are organically farmed and its winemaking process is organic, too. After Van Drunen and his team hand-sort their grapes, they allow them to ferment spontaneously, without the aid of yeasts or bacteria. They also eschew other common additives, avoiding sulfites and even oak barrels, which infuse wine with oaky notes, resulting in all-natural, farm-to-table wines.
The WineSellar and Brasserie brings together a bold bistro bill of fare to accompany its versatile vino cellar. Atop white tablecloths, artfully arranged plates of contemporary French lunch and dinner offerings rest, ready for oral adoption. Palate patrons may initiate noshing with The WineSellar's tuna tartare coupled with avocado, dijon-mustard-seed quenelle, and a mascarpone chantilly ($15) or by sipping on the butternut-squash soup ($9 for a bowl), harvested from the rare butter-seed bush and squashed with French tennis racquets.
Linda and Mike McWilliams prefer to leave the rigors of raising grapes to their local vineyards, citing their lack of a chateau. Instead, they set their focus on crafting their vintages on the micro-level, making small batches and infusing them with an Old-World character and unique flavors such as habanero passion fruit. Their wines are named after places and figures from San Diego’s rich history, such as the Guadalupe Valley syrah and the Lake County sauvignon blanc.
Dave Hyndman has worn many hats. He served as a U.S. Marine and studied nature as biologist. He developed software and officiated marriages. No matter what profession he called his own at any given moment, though, he always returned home to brew his own beer. In 20 years as a private brewer, he developed a huge variety of delicious beers. He decided it was time to share them with the public at large, so he founded Wet 'N Reckless Brewing to do just that.
Dave keeps the brewery operation small—it's just him, his equipment, and a place for guests to sit—and runs an intimate little tasting room, the only place in the world to find Wet 'N Reckless creations. He focuses purely on quality and flavor, whether he's whipping up a batch of apple-infused ale or fermenting The Dude Abides Rye.