Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $20, you get $40 toward a wine tasting and purchase of wine at Alternative Wines, located on Carmel Valley Road.
Fermented grape-juice depot Alternative Wines stages regular in-depth tastings and vends boutique, specialty wines seldom found elsewhere. Tastings (starting at $15), usually held on Fridays and Saturdays, give experienced and budding oenophiles alike the opportunity to relish samplings of diverse wines and swap adventure stories from their various grape safaris. All wines are tasted and selected by the staff before being stocked for the store, leaving little doubt regarding the quality of every bottle. The store also puts on various wine events and themed tastings, having featured The Best of Frank Family Vineyards, Dunn Cabernet Vertical Tasting, Tapas y Vino Expanol, and Hot ’07 Cabs, among others. The eclectic array of wines available for purchase begins at $8 and includes malbecs, cabernets, and pinot noirs, among other vino varietals.
13859 Carmel Valley Rd.
San Diego, California 92130Get Directions