With a population of almost 1.4 million people and over 260 days of sunshine a year, San Diego is a city that lives large. Yet with those bragging rights, it only offers one tasting room downtown that's scion-ed from a winery. And those bragging rights belong to Callaway Winery.
The Callaway Winery tasting room is located in the historic Gaslamp district. It's just a few blocks from the harbor, Petco Park, and within walking distance to more restaurants than are offered in some towns!
The tasting room is an ideal place to tuck into if you want to taste wines produced by one winery, but don't have the time to drive out to Temecula, the home town of the Callaway Wines.
Callaway focuses on crafting Rhone and Bordeaux style wines.
The Temecula fires brought more tasters from Southern California down to the San Diego tasting room. And while this introduced Callaway wines to new tasters, a respect and feeling of support from the staff was felt for those affected by the 2017 California fire season. This regard, as well as support, was also extended to their winery colleagues affected by the Northern California fires.
For the wines:
The 2015 Special Selection Rose' of Sangiovese, Temecula Valley, Estate Grown fruit.
Dry with hints of strawberry, melon, and plum. With San Diego's never ending sunshine,
I picked up a bottle for our friends who were hosting us that evening.
I could picture them sitting outside on their cozy patio in front of the fire pit.
Of course, the palm trees swaying at their place enhances the wine!
A refreshing wine at a refreshing price; $25 a bottle.
The 2015 Wild Yeast Viognier offers stone fruit and is smooth.
With its hints of honeysuckle--and served fairly chilled--it was a refreshing wine.
The 2013 Special Selection Viognier leans towards more tropical fruits and green apple, with
a nod towards a Sauvignon Blanc style wine.
For those with deep pockets, try the OPR 2009 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley,
at $225 a bottle. This Owner's Private Reserve wine is widely loved by Callaway's tasters.
And drum roll...my favorite wine, and no surprise, is their 2015 Winemaker's Reserve Petite Sirah.
Please pour me a glass! Dark purple/ruby in color, tart, tannic, but not too acidic. Velvety and smooth. Rich, but not heavy, with flavors of Boreal blueberries and cocoa.
San Diego is multifaceted. The coast and the desert are within an hour of each other.
And the City knows how to have fun; museums, entertainment, and harbor activities abound.
Also, there is a valued patriotic influence from nearby Military Base, Camp Pendleton.
If you get a chance to visit downtown San Diego, Callaway is a great place to taste
Southern California grown and produced wines.
It's a refreshing spot in the middle of a large and vibrant city.
Cheers to you on your sunny Southern Cal wine jaunt.
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