1. The sip and swirl set can attest that a glass of fine wine can be indulgent, but the ambiance at Coasterra can make such an experience other worldly. The coastal restaurant will traverse the harbor at its feet with FLOAT, an event dock that offers panoramic views and a prime location to view Fleet Week’s Sea and Air Parade. While you’re taking in the annual parade, indulge in the resto’s Cali-Baja hors d’oeuvres and selections of wine pairings such as Foley Johnson cabernet sauvignon and Zinbitch zinfandel wine ($100). 800 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, 619.814.1300
2. Little Italy will play on its classic wine roots through an unsuspecting player with Bracero Cocina. The deep rooted Mexican restaurant has exceptional pairings between their traditional dishes with various wine regions such as Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. Start your night by trying a glass of Spain’s white wine Talai Berri ($13) and pair it with the restaurant’s scallop crudo ($15) and wood grilled octopus ($17). The light citrusy notes of the vino plays well with the spice and grit of the seafood selections and will leave you ready to take on the night. 1490 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, 619.756.7864
3. For new world flare and American fare divert your attention to Searsucker Del Mar where shareable plates and a broad selection of wine can guarantee a raucous affair (12995 El Camino Real, San Diego, 858.369.5700). Order the eatery’s signature dish, bacon wrapped sea bass ($30) and pair it with a bottle 2012 Joel Gott riesling from Washington state ($40). The strong west coast flavors of the sweet and salty sea bass compliment the minerality and floral notes of the Columbia Valley vino. Before heading out stop by The Wine Connection (2650 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 858.350.9292) in the Flower Hill Promenade and stock up on those hard to find vinos such as the 2011 Leonetti cabernet sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Washington ($125).
4. If classic surf and turf in an elegant beach front property sets your heart a flutter, then 333 Pacific may be the ideal place to enjoy wine month. The resto’s Board and The Bottle promotion is a tantalizing deal offering three tier options (from $22) of charcuterie and a bottle of wine all month long. Don’t miss out on its signatures such as the Alaskan steamed king crab legs ($49) or their seared hangar steak ($30). 333 North Pacific St., Oceanside, 760.433.3333
5. Bellamy’s is one of the most buzzed about bistros in North County offering up French influenced cuisine and a rich selection of wine. Steer towards hearty dishes like the stuffed pork belly ($31) or slow roasted veal cheeks ($41) that pair nicely with the well-respected 2014 Gary’s Vineyard pinot noir ($125). Grown from the Santa Lucia Highlands, Garys’ transcends the dining experience and will culminate as a highlight of the evening and a good end to wine month. Cheers! 417 W. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.747.5000
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