Monday, May 30, 2011


The urban winery Carruth Cellars in Solana Beach sources a wide variety of California grapes and does almost all of the winemaking and bottling on site.  The wines are still very young, but they show promise.  Plus, we liked the vibe.  We’ll be back. The tasting room stays open late when there's a show across the street at the Belly Up.

Carruth invites "Wine Thiefs" to join their wine club, with lots of options. See 

The Carruth tasting room is open Monday-Saturday 12:00-12:00, Sunday 9:00-6:00. 320 South Cedros Ave. #400 Solana Beach858.847.9463


We've been vintage club members at Belle Marie, just north of Escondido, for several years now. Winemaker Mick and his assistant Jeff, who craft both "new world" (Belle Marie) and "old world" (Chateau Dragoo) style wines, never disappoint.  Our most recent tasting included two lovely whites – a Viognier and a blend, a dry rose, and quite a lineup of dry, interesting reds. Besides our club wines – 2008 Tempranillo, 2007 Zin, and 2005 Maestro (80% Cabernet, 20% Nebbiolo), we brought home a delicious and afordably priced 2003 Barolo.  It's always a pleasure to visit with Marie in the tasting room.  

Belle Marie's wine club offers four 3-bottle shipments per year for a flat rate of $55. Wine club members get free tasting at any time and discounts on additional purchases.


The Hacienda de las Rosas tasting room in Old Town is a close-to-home stop for San Diego dwellers.  These people grow a lot of their grapes in Ramona and specialize in very likeable Spanish-style wines.  The tasting room is pleasant in an eclectic way, featuring pictures of the proprietors' beautiful horses.  Guests are invited to relax at small tables rather than taste at the bar.

The Hacienda de las Rosas wine club features only San Diego County wines. Memers pay $49 for two bottles shipped every other month.