San Diego Beer and Wine Tours Loves Restaurant Week!

Post Date: January 13th, 2015

San Diego Restaurant Week is almost here!

It should go without saying that we love San Diego's food scene.  We may be San Diego Beer and Wine Tours, but tasting beer and wine without knowing what foods to pair them with takes at least half the joy out of the whole experience!

That's why we always offer food on our beer and wine tours.  When you correctly pair, it brings out nuances and dimensions to your drink – and your food – that you never knew existed. It's like a voyage of discovery with every meal!

San Diego's craft beer scene has been extolled and admired as one of the best on the planet for years, and with good reason.  Its wine scene is also gaining attention, too, as more people realize how wonderful it is.  But the food scene here is one of the region's best-kept secrets. 

We're committed to changing that, and that's why we're such huge supporters of San Diego's Restaurant Week.  Everyone should get out during the week of January 18th through the 24th and check out the menus! Participating restaurants offer special, prix-fixe menus so that you can sample as many as you like without a big dent to your wallet. It's totally worth it to be able to explore!

And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that as huge supporters of San Diego's food scene, we also organize food and drink tours that showcase some of the best, most scrumptious meals (and beers and vino too) that you can find anywhere.  

So eat, drink, and be merry with us, because tomorrow… well, tomorrow there will be more of the same!  

Here's to a delicious life,

Brooke B., Gastronomix

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Happy Valentine’s Day from San Diego Beer and Wine Tours!

Post Date: January 9th, 2015

Wine comes in at the mouth

And love comes in at the eye;

That's all we shall know for truth

Before we grow old and die.

-William Butler Yeats

Happy Valentine's Day!

February is such a great month in San Diego.  Not only is it when springtime begins around here, but it's also the month of love!

Valentine's Day is a tradition that's been going on for centuries – and probably millennia.  The tradition of Valentine's Day is murky, but it's thought to come from a 5th century Roman fertility rite called Lupercalia.  The rites were supposed to honor Faunus, the god of agriculture, and Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome who according to legend were raised by a she-wolf.  The rites consisted of parties and sacrifices, but most importantly, wine. 

Over time, it became much more about romantic love than agriculture.  Much of the ancient festival has changed (although it could be argued that it's still a fertility rite) but we've held onto the wine, because wine is love… and let it never be said that we don't believe in love! 

That's why we think the best thing you can do this Valentine's is head out to one of our winery tours; we recommend the Chauffeured Tour! If you're feeling more like a beer, we love bringing people along on our new Beer Trolley Tours.  Don't worry, beer is love, too! 

This February, come join us! It doesn't matter if you're with your sweetie, your best friend, or if you just want to be with us.  We love having you and sharing Valentine's with you, and we know you'll love it too.

Here's to amore!

Brooke B., Vinamorata

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San Diego Beer and Wine Tours loves a Day at the Races!

Post Date: November 6th, 2014

Heading to the racetrack doesn't always have to be a summertime affair. This year is an unusual one, because for the first time since an unsuccessful one-year run in the 1960s, the autumn horseracing circuit will be at Del Mar instead of Hollywood Park, whose racetrack closed down for good at the end of last year.

You know what that means?  We get to wear our big hats and party like it's summertime for the next few weeks. The Bing Crosby Season lasts from November 7th until the 30th, and it promises to be an exciting time, just like always!

But people don't just go to the races to watch the horses, although that's of course the main draw. The Del Mar racetrack is also home to great food and drink. There's something for everyone, whether you're looking for burgers and fries or a fresh Mediterranean buffet. Delicious!

But the real treats here are the drinks. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has some of the best mixed drinks you'll find anywhere in San Diego. And since November promises to be a warm month, it's a perfect time to come out with us and enjoy a cool and refreshing Del Mint Julep, or perhaps a Moet and Chandon Ice Imperial… delightful!  But there are so many more.

Don't forget, too, that the exclusive Turf Club at Del Mar offers Sunday brunch created by Chef Brian Malarkey for the duration of Bing Crosby Season, paired with bottomless mimosas. Just don't forget there's a dress code!

We're off and running. See you at the races!

Brooke B., Thirsty Thoroughbred 

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San Diego Beer and Wine Tours Loves Dia de los Muertos!

Post Date: October 30th, 2014

It's the spookiest time of the year! 

Halloween is on its way.  Kids are donning costumes, scary movies are all over Netflix, and ghosts are wailing in the trees (or is it just the Santa Ana?).

But we haven't forgotten about that other celebration of All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day: Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  That's the Mexican celebration of the dead, where you can go to the graveyards and talk to your loved ones who have passed on.

We are so close to Mexico here in southern California that we would be remiss if we didn't mention Baja California's vibrant beer and wine scene.  But you shouldn't have to cross any international borders to sample them, if you don't want to! 

First up, let's talk about the craft beer scene, which in no way stops at the international border. We absolutely love Cucapa, which is out of Mexicali, and now is readily available in San Diego. 

A pair of binational brothers, Ivan and Damien Morales, have a tiny but great brewery out of Tijuana called Cerveceria Insurgente (Insurgent Brewing or Revolutionary Brewing) that is currently collaborating with Stone for something that will be truly delicious

And then there's Mexico's wineries, which are the among the oldest in the New World. Their wines are fruity and delicious, but sometimes a little minerally and salty – a byproduct of the soil in which the grapes grow.  Whether or not that is your thing is a matter of taste, but it definitely sets Baja's wines apart from the rest!

We'll also be brewing up wine and beer tastings this weekend, so grab your favorite calavera pals and taste some cerveza and vino with us.

It'll be an eerily fun time! 

Salud,

Brooke B., Calaca

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Happy National Red Wine Day from San Diego Beer and Wine Tours!

Post Date: October 15th, 2014

Today is National Red Wine Day! And what a glorious day it is. It's the day when we take a moment to sit back, take a sip, and really appreciate red wine. What, you say? That's every day? Well, read on for tips on how to appreciate it more! 

First of all, wine is history in a glass. No matter what you drink, you're sipping on the sun, the sky, the soil, the climate, and the temperament of the place your wine was born. It contains the minerals that nurtured it, the light that warmed it, the chill of the starry nights that helped the grapes grow. In short, it embodies the character of a place like nothing else you could eat or drink, and in the most delightful and delicious way possible.

And while people have been fermenting beverages throughout human history, red wine has a special place in history. Egyptians associated it with blood and therefore considered it sacred. Europeans loved red wine so much that explorers brought and planted their own grapes wherever they landed

Second, red wine is great for you. Red wine contains polyphenols and antioxidants that provide many anti-aging benefits, from preventing wrinkles to protecting your heart.

This is not to say that white wine, or orange wine, or green wine, or rosé are not glorious things to taste as well. We just think that red wine deserves an appropriately reverent attitude today, and really, every day. That's why we have our wine tours, so you, too, can enjoy the complexities of California's history and delicious climate in every glass.

Cheers!

 

Brooke B., Oenophile

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Halloween’s History of Beer – San Diego Brews up Spook-tacular Beers

Post Date: October 3rd, 2014

Halloween is coming, don your masks and grab your bags and get ready for some old-fashioned trick-or-treating! Did you know the history of Halloween in the United States is also wrapped up in its long tradition of great beer.

In 1620 the Pilgrims had been at sea for nearly two months and were off-course by the time they sighted land. While they had set a course for the Virginia colony they ended up in New England, and they had a problem—they were running out of beer. This was no small matter—water aboard ship was likely to become brackish and potentially deadly, while beer remained drinkable.

When the first pilgrims settled in the vast sweeps of New England, there were pumpkins everywhere. Green pumpkins, blue pumpkins, yellow and pink, and mottled ones littered the ground along with the traditional orange. Their proliferation guaranteed that the thirsty settlers would use the sweet squash, first called "pompions," to make the first pumpkin beers.

Pumpkin brews proliferate in San Diego this Halloween. There’s Green Flash Fire Roasted Pumpkin Ale, Ballast Point Pumpkin at Sea, and Coronado Brewing Punk'in Drublic, not to mention many other great locally made pumpkin brews. This Halloween try some of these delicious holiday beers a on San Diego Brewery Tour with San Diego Beer and Wine Tours.

Shira Bliss, Boo-zer

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Happy Wine Month from San Diego Beer and Wine Tours!

Post Date: September 9th, 2014

September is a very special month to us, and one that we always greet with great happiness. It's National Wine Month, and September 15th through the 19th is National Wine Week.  And best of all, governor Jerry Brown has just proclaimed this month California Wine Month, too – especially in light of the big earthquake in Wine Country.

 

Not only does this mean the wine world is chock-full of wondrous deals and promotions that translate to more fun for you, it's also one of the best times of the year for wine, at least in and around San Diego and – harvest time.

We've talked about how great the harvest is in the past, but we'd like to point out that this is also a great time to get to know new vineyards in the region, especially since so many new ones are about to start sprouting up, since San Diego County recently changed the rules and made it a lot easier to cut through the red tape you need to start your own vineyard.

So, come out with us and get to know some new wineries as we celebrate this wonderful time of year! You'll be glad you did. We were!

Salute!

Brooke B., Wine-ocerous

 

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San Diego Beer and Wine Tours Loves Food, Too!

Post Date: August 27th, 2014

We know we're called San Diego Beer and Wine Tours, but we don't just deal with beer and wine. In fact, we never have. We understand that beer and wine without wonderful food pairings is like having peanut butter without the jelly, ice cream without the sprinkles, yin without yang – you get the picture.

All of our tours, as a matter of fact, include food tastings to go with your beverages – the equivalent of a full meal. We don't just tour the finest wineries and breweries in San Diego. Our tours are filled with the best food this town has to offer, no matter what you're in the mood for!

It's a great way to savor the best gourmet, farm-to-table fare while you sip without having to commit to the price of a full meal. Plus, you get to answer one of life's eternal questions: what's better with pizzabeer or wine? (Answer: Both, of course. And don't forget champagne, too.)

Worried about calories? Don't be! First of all, you won't be getting overprocessed food – we deal with only the best food made with the highest-quality ingredients, and our walking tours will burn them right off.

We don't stop with beer and wine pairings.  We also have whiskey tours – we've found that Chedi Thai Bistro's food works beautifully with owner and chef Pia's creations.

And in case you're not in a drinking mood, rejoice. We have suggestions for wonderful non-alcoholic drinks to pair with food as well!

In other words, we have something for everybody and we proudly support the small businesses that produce the tastiest and freshest foods in San Diego.

Here's to health, good food, and lip-smackingly delicious libations!

 

Brooke B., Epicure  

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Happy International Beer Day from San Diego Beer and Wine Tours!

Post Date: July 31st, 2014

International Beer Day is almost here!

The worldwide celebration is going on anywhere there's beer, all over the word. We'd be thrilled to not only help you celebrate it, but also perhaps introduce you to some brews you might not have known exist. There's so many wonderful beers in the world to choose from!

San Diego Beer and Wine Tours will take you to the best local breweries to celebrate this special day (and all year round!). Think globally, drink locally!

International Beer Day is nothing to sneeze at, either. The party, which takes place every first Friday in August, was first celebrated in 2008, and the idea, like all great ideas, quickly spread. Now, International Beer Day is celebrated in at least 50 countries and 207 cities, all over the world!

San Diego has one of the best beer scenes you'll find anywhere, but we also love the world – just like you. So come tilt a pint with us. We're bringing the world together, one brew at a time!

San Diego Beer and Wine Tours invites you to join us for one of our special International Beer Tours. Support local and support FUN!  

Cheers!

Brooke B., Cerevisaphiliac

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Happy Wedding Season from San Diego Beer and Wine Tours!

Post Date: July 23rd, 2014

It's wedding season! 

Actually, we know that you can get married any day of the year, but here in southern California, the summer is the season of love! June through August seem to be the magical months. That's when the skies are bluest and the beaches are the most beautiful — the winning combination for amore.

We love weddings! But, marriage isn't all about the wedding: It starts with a proposal. (I’d cut this next line: And while there are very few bad places to ask the person of your dreams to spend your lives together, some are more unusual than others.) Here's our list of romantic places to propose to your soon-to-be life partner:

1.     Balboa Park. Get an eyeful of San Diego's history, culture, and lovely architecture. If you stop in the middle of the bridge, you can also have a wonderful view of downtown San Diego.

2.     La Jolla Cove. This is one of the most enchanting places in the county. Not only does it have an underwater park, but its views above the water can't be beat. And be sure to go visit the seals around the corner as they sun themselves on the sand.

3.     Bernardo Winery. It's a lovely little family winery tucked away in Rancho Bernardo, complete with a tasting room and a restaurant. It's beautiful, memorable and we're big fans. Be sure to try the chocolate!

4.     Presidio Park. It's a little bit of a hike to get to the top, but once you get there, it’s worth it! You're treated with trees aplenty, green grass, and panoramic views of San Diego.

5.     On one of our tours!! We love seeing happy couples and we love being part of the first big step on their journey together! Check out this sweet proposal from a recent tour. (Congratulations, Claudia and Robert!)

We wish you the best in your lives together, and we would love to be a part of it from the proposal to your 50-year anniversary.

Congratulations to you all!

Brooke B., Wedding Planner

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