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Trends in San Diego This December

New openings, wines, and buzz


The Buzz

Stone Brewing 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale12/12/12

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido has been counting down to the Epic 12.12.12 Festival, when they’ll release the Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale (and pour all 11 of their Vertical Epic Ales). Also whooping it up on the 12th: Aqua Soleil, a “clothing-optional retreat center,” is hosting Tantrapalooza 12-12-12 in Desert Hot Springs. Hey-o! Booze or nudes? Choose wisely.

$500 cocktail

L'Auberge Del Mar L'Bling Bling cocktailL’Auberge Del Mar is pouring L’Bling Bling, a mix of Louis XIII cognac (blended from eaux-de-vie, brandies that can be aged up to 100 years) and a simple syrup made with Louis Roederer “Cristal” Champagne sous-vide with sugar. Don’t spill!

America’s Cup

America's Cup CatamaranHeads up, little skippers. America’s Cup is launching a Junior Circuit, thanks to sponsor Red Bull. Qualifying teams get to race on the actual AC catamarans and receive coaching and mentoring from AC teams.

Juice diets

Gulp! Is it just us, or are cleanses everywhere? There’s the just-opened Beaming/b-Bar in Del Mar, the San Diego-based SUJA Juice, and downtown’sjuice Detox Lounge. We’re becoming a bunch o’ juiceheads!

C. Wonder, Fashion Valley

C. Wonder, Fashion Valley

Now Open: Wonders Never C-se!

Fashion Valley’s new store C. Wonder is blowing our minds. This boutique, just the second C. Wonder location on the West Coast, is the brainchild of J. Christopher Burch—Tory’s ex. Everything from women’s apparel and accessories to home décor and gifts, many of which can be monogrammed, are presented in a bright and fresh way. Wander through the rooms in the store, each with its own theme, such as American Dream and English Country House. Admidst all this eye candy is a bit of welcome practicality—the price point. The average item is under $50. Now, that’s what we call wonder-ful.


Which Wine Should You Bring to the Party?

By Lindsay Pomeroy of winesmarties.com

Corison Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa's Kronos Vineyard1. Your Boss’ Fête
On a good day, you have no idea how to please her. Win her over with the Corison Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa’s Kronos Vineyard. Get the 2006, an underrated vintage with layers of complexity and long cellaring potential.
$85, corison.com

Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Tinto 20092. Your Holiday Dinner Party
You can’t go wrong with a bottle of Spanish wine. It offers good value and it’s also food-friendly and quite tasty. Impress your guests with the Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Tinto 2009.
$27, shop.vintage winessd.com

Domaine Les Escaravailles Cotes du Rhone from Southern France3. Your Year-end Cocktail Soirée
Save time and money and please your guests by serving the Domaine Les Escaravailles Côtes du Rhône from Southern France. The label looks cool, and for less than $15, it’s the best fruit-driven wine in its class.
$14, bevmo.com

Cantele Primitivo, from Salento, Southern Italy4. The Random Neighbor’s Open House
Just tagging along, or perhaps going out of guilt? You don’t want to drop a lot of dough, but you also don’t want to look cheap. Opt for the Cantele Primitivo, from Salento, Southern Italy.
$8, sandiegowine.net

Schramsberg Blanc de Noir Sparkling Brut from Napa5. A New Year’s Eve Bash
Veuve Cliquot is overpriced and found in every supermarket. Schramsberg Blanc de Noir Sparkling Brut from Napa is fantastic, costs less, and has been served in the White House for years. Cheers!
$27, thewineconnection.com

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