Honey made by California bees. Spring water from Palomar Mountain. Mix one part of the former with four parts of the latter, and you have the light, sweet foundation of every mead at Golden Coast Mead. The finished gluten-free brews, which may also feature elements of ale yeast and hints of oak, have an alcohol content of 12% by volume.
The basic idea of these craft libations—a fermented honey drink—isn't new. In fact, mead has a long history, as it's considered one of civilization's oldest alcoholic beverages. Everyone from Ethiopian kings to Aristotle to Shakespeare drank mead. However, Golden Coast Mead puts a fresh spin on an ancient classic by sourcing the ingredients locally and serving its sweet, slightly fizzy creations not in ancient castles but in two hip California tasting rooms.
Harbor views are typically hard to come by in December, when restaurants pack up their patios and move their business indoors. Thankfully, Dominic’s at the Harbor has perfected an alternative. From the Italian eatery’s heated patio, diners can watch sunlight glint off the water regardless of the season. The smell of salt that lingers on the outdoor breeze complements seafood entrees such as shrimp and mahi mahi sautéed with garlic and wine. If that sounds like too much ocean for you, try a thin-crust margarita pizza topped with fresh basil and sliced tomatoes or a white pizza with three cheeses and a drizzle of olive oil. Diners can round out any meal with a bottle of vintage cabernet sauvignon or a tall boot of chardonnay from the D’Vino wine bar, located within the restaurant.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Relm Wine and Beer Bistro in Carlsbad.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Relm Wine and Beer Bistro offers an affordable happy hour.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Relm Wine and Beer Bistro.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Relm Wine and Beer Bistro.
Musical visitors frequently perform here, so patrons can enjoy live tunes with their food.
Those in a rush are better off dining here during the week, as the restaurant draws a crowd during the weekend.
Relm Wine and Beer Bistro is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Relm Wine and Beer Bistro also offers catering.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Drivers will be giddy once they hear about the easy street parking near Relm Wine and Beer Bistro.
Relm Wine and Beer Bistro offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
A mid-priced establishment, Relm Wine and Beer Bistro offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Wow your date with decadent French cuisine in a romantic setting at PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Raise your glass at PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar's happy hour.
Dine out in the open during PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
Head to PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Drive to lunch or dinner at PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
For your next date night, call PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar for a reservation. The food and ambiance are second to none.
PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar serves up a large selection of classic French dishes, so stop by today and enjoy a tasty meal.
At Witch Creek Winery, red wine meets beach vibes. Just a block east of the beach, the Carlsbad tasting room of this San Diego staple gives beach-going crowds a convenient place to sample small-lot, handcrafted zinfandels and blends. The tasting room also hosts live music on the weekends, to let visitors sip to the sounds of moon-drenched guitar.
As a boy, Ronei Iacobelli watched his grandfather making wine in an idyllic setting—a small, mountain town in central Italy where he spent the summer. As a man, and the son of Italian immigrants, he attempted to recreate the experience in his garage in Michigan, to the dismay of his Italian grandmother, who looked on. Quickly realizing that great wine often means close contact with both the materials and the method from start to finish, he and his wife Lisa's shared passion for wine took root, literally, in 1998 when they purchased land to plant a vineyard. Estate d'Iacobelli Winery is a place where small-batch wines are doted upon from vine to bottle to glass, with varietals including a velvety sangiovese marked by rich notes of plum and berry, or the light, crisp, and citrusy viognier.