Like his father, the former governor of the Argentinian state of Mendoza, Alejandro Orfila chose a life of diplomacy. From 1946 until the early 80s, his various public service roles included Argentine Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States and Argentine Ambassador to Japan. But like his grandfather, a winemaker whose 1905-established winery stands to this day, Alejandro harbored a lifelong love of viticulture. In 1994, Alejandro finally pursued that passion by founding Orfila Vineyards & Winery, a 70-acre hillside estate nestled within a 10,000-acre agricultural preserve in the San Pasqual Valley.
These days, winemaker Justin Mund oversees production on the estate, where grapes grow only 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Using both the estate's grapes and others from the California coast, Justin crafts wines that have earned more than 1,300 medals in national and international competitions since the winery's founding. Guests can sample said wines in a tasting room
overlooking the estate, as well as a second location in Downtown Julian. Besides tastings, Orfila hosts events ranging from live concerts to the annual Grape Stomp festival, where folks gather to watch traditional wine-making and grapes gather to hold their annual Shirley Jackson-esque lottery.
Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at Vinz Wine Bar, a local wine bar.
Chow down on innovative, vegan meal options at Vinz Wine Bar.
Flush with wines from around the world, drink from the bar's extensive list of reds and whites. The bar also has TVs, so guests can enjoy their glass while following up on the latest scores.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Vinz Wine Bar.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Vinz Wine Bar.
Take your pet pooch along when you visit Vinz Wine Bar — dogs are more than welcome to join their humans at the bar.
If you're hitting Vinz Wine Bar on a weeknight, it's best to make a reservation since the place can really fill up.
Casual dining at its best, Vinz Wine Bar customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Throwing a big party? Count on Vinz Wine Bar to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, Vinz Wine Bar is located near both options.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the bar.
Meals at Vinz Wine Bar usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Vinz Wine Bar.
There's no better way to celebrate Wino Wednesdays than with a glass of wine or two from Vinz Wine Bar.
Oregon may have the Oregon Trail, but California has a trail that's much more fun for present-day oenophiles. You don't have to ford any rivers or fend off bears to enjoy the Winery Rail Trail, whose railcars ferry riders between 14 wineries in San Diego.
For the trail's passengers, BK Cellars is conveniently situated—it's walking distance from the Nordahl Road Sprinter Station. It's well worth the walk, too. In the winery's industrial-chic environs, visitors can taste wines by the glass or the flight. On Sundays, they can also sway to live piano entertainment and wine bottles getting uncorked on every fourth beat.
Family owned and operated, this boutique winery in north San Diego county produces artisanal, fruit-forward wines. Their boutique bottles are made by harvesting one of two vineyards: the Reidy Creek Vineyard, which contains Zinfandel and Sangiovese grapes, and the Keys Creek Vineyard, which is planted with Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, and Muscat Blanc grapes.
During visits, customers enjoy an intimate tasting surrounded by the vineyard and oak trees, picnics are welcome too.
At first glance, North County Wine Company looks like it might just be another wine store. Along its shelves, stacked with more than 600 wines from around the globe, wine lovers will find pinots, zinfandels, and syrahs—a vast catalog of vinos that could, in many cases, prove to be disorienting. This is not one of those cases. Brothers Jim and Bill Tobin, who have more than 60 years of industry experience between them, serve as wine sherpas as they guide guests through regions, varietals, and pairings. There's also a bar on site for those curious to try flights or wines by the glass, and events nearly every night of the week encourage wine-fueled merriment.
Enjoy the work and thought of others with a cultural trip to Abnormal Beer Co. in San Diego.
Treat yourself to your favorite tasty beverage or one of our flavorful signature drinks.
Those driving to Abnormal Beer Co. can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
When you get the itch for some culture, stop by here and get your fix of great culture all weekend long.