San Diego Cellars tasting room
San Diego Cellars tasting room

‘Tis the season for food and drink! I’m still eating Thanksgiving leftovers and wondering why there aren’t any vegetables on the plate. I had to do the walk of shame to the recycling bin with multiple empty wine bottles today (from the whole last week & I wasn’t drinking alone!). One of my favorite weekend activities is wine tasting—something I never really did before moving to California. I think it’s fun to try different varietals and see what you like, and discover new wineries along the way.

Although San Diego isn’t known for its wine scene (unlike our neighbor, Temecula), there is one local winery that I really enjoy. San Diego Cellars in Little Italy has a great wine list that features syrahs, old vine zinfandels and viogniers, among others. Guests can taste six wines for $10 and order light bites from the kitchen. They have a cute patio where you can sit and watch the planes fly overhead, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Winemaker Todd Hipper is a really nice guy, and hard working to say the least. He sources grapes from all over the state, picks them up in his truck, and then uses the courtyard area at the winery as a production facility.

The tasting room is across the street from celebrity chef Richard Blais‘ popular restaurant Juniper & Ivy. The restaurant has had rave reviews, but if you’re on a budget, head next door to the group’s latest project, casual eatery The Crack Shack. Focused on serving chicken and eggs, The Crack Shack features several sandwiches and salads, as well as chicken meals and slaw. I enjoyed the Coop Deville sandwich, chicken oysters, mini biscuits and chicken of the sea sandwich (albacore tuna option for those who don’t like chicken). They also have a full bar and soft-serve ice cream. Beware that the restaurant has outdoor seating only, which is perfect for 360 days a year in San Diego. Cluck yeah!

Coop Deville chicken sandwich at The Crack Shack
Coop Deville chicken sandwich at The Crack Shack
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