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.
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.
Come to UNION Kitchen and Tap to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Got kids? No problem at UNION Kitchen and Tap! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
UNION Kitchen and Tap is known for its happy hour deals and steals.
UNION Kitchen and Tap's private rooms are a great venue to host any occasion.
Free wireless Internet is also available at UNION Kitchen and Tap, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table.
No need to dress up for a trip to UNION Kitchen and Tap — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at UNION Kitchen and Tap.
UNION Kitchen and Tap is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at UNION Kitchen and Tap running under $30 per person.
UNION Kitchen and Tap accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Wake up early to catch a bite of UNION Kitchen and Tap's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than UNION Kitchen and Tap.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than UNION Kitchen and Tap.
When you're feeling hungry, come satisfy your hunger with some tasty and trendy American eats from UNION Kitchen and Tap.