Coastal Wine Tasting in Oceanside
Cruise down historic Coast Hwy 101 through Oceanside and what will you find? Tons of fun local bars, tasting rooms and restaurants where you can experience the amazing food and wine culture of San Diego’s classic beach community. Whether you’re an oenophile or a novice, you’re sure to find a palette pleaser out of the myriad of globally sourced wines paired with farm fresh foods at these three standouts:
Holme Estate Cellars
Enjoy varietals from both down under and California at downtown’s Holme Estate Cellars. Owners/winemakers Julie and Craig Holme produce fine wines using premium fruit from Craig’s family vineyards on the Limestone Coast of the Mount Benson region in Southern Australia and central California.
Order wine by the flight or glass at their welcoming kid and pet friendly tasting room. A vivid burgundy wall and stylistic posters of California scenery by artist Steve Thomas enliven this cozy space. Don’t miss trying their recently released Shiraz 2014 rated 92 points by Wine Spectator for a deep ruby, intense, jammy treat. The limited yet tasty food menu includes Ploughman’s Platters and a selection of dishes from prestigious 608 Oceanside such as Burrata or Lobster Tacos. Most Saturday nights you can relax to the sounds of live acoustic music too.
The Miller’s Table
Down the road, hospitality guru/sommelier and chef Staci Miller decided to open The Miller’s Table: Wine, Beer & Fare after falling in love with the community of Oceanside. Deep blue walls, wooden tables, farmhouse lighting and candles lend charm to this 24-seat restaurant. Sit at the large, central “community table” to meet new friends and relish the intimate size of the dining room together with ultra personal service.
Staci draws on her encyclopedic knowledge of wine to create thematic flights like Fundamentally French or Que Sera Syrah. Flights change weekly and include unusual sparkling, white, rosé and red options. To nosh, choose from yummy small plates or charcuterie plus panini sandwiches made with crunchy local bread served with addictive homemade potato chips. Checkout special dinner menus that feature internationally inspired four course meals with suggested wine pairings. For example, journey to Spain via a flavorful slice of Tortilla Española with a glass of Cariynea.
The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar
Finally, hang out with locals at The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar in the thriving neighborhood of South Oceanside. An exposed industrial ceiling, black concrete flooring and white washed walls contribute to the casual modern vibe of this hip spot. Design your own flight from the nice selection of largely California wines. Bring an appetite to savor artisan sandwiches, seasonal salads, tantalizing desserts or even a float from the float bar. Plus you can order scrumptious pies from the adjacent, jointly owned The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza.
If you’re looking for entertainment, stop by to see hilarious standup comedy on Tuesday nights. Or channel your inner Picasso by attending one of the frequent Painting & Vino events taught by professional artists. The Marketplace also hosts a classic car show during the monthly South O Walkabout festival—local independent businesses offer an evening with complimentary treats, live music and specials.
About the Author
Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit wabisabigreen.com.