San Diego Drinks & Cocktails
Wines, brewing festivus, and hotel bars
Best Bets by the Glass
Ten wines to try around town this season
6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe
White: Pyrenées Pinot Gris 2010, Willamette Valley, Oregon, $12.
Notes: Light pear, apple, citrus aroma; soft, rich finish.
Pair with: Wonderful with salads, vegetable dishes (ratatouille).
Red: Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select 2010, Argentina, $14.
Notes: Aroma of leather, smoked meat, oak, berries; big fruit flavors, too.
Pair with: Grilled meats, turkey, sausage dishes.
Firefly Grill and Wine Bar
251 North El Camino Real, Encinitas
White: Treana White 2010, Central Coast, $9. Blend of Marsanne, Viognier.
Notes: Fruit basket bouquet; rich flavor, textured finish.
Pair with: seafood, veal, pork dishes.
Red: FiftyRow Syrah 2006, Napa Valley, $9.
Notes: Spicy, earthy; big fruit, rich finish.
Pair with: Bold meats and heartier seafood dishes.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
8970 University Center Lane, UTC area; 380 K Street, downtown
White: Il Borro Lamelle Toscana 2011, $15. Elegant 100 percent Chardonnay.
Notes: Peachy aroma; crisp, vanilla finish.
Pair with: Appetizers, seafood.
Red: Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, $14. Complex Cabernet.
Notes: Oak bouquet, blackberry, and spice flavors.
Pair with: Stews, beef.
4095 Adams Avenue, Kensington
White: Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône La Vie On Y Est 2010, $15. Refreshing Viognier.
Notes: Hints of melon, peach in the bouquet; round, fruity finish.
Pair with: Pumpkin soups, Thanksgiving fare.
Red: Anna Maria Abbona Dolcetto di Dogliani Maioli 2009, $12. Lighter-bodied Piedmont red.
Notes: Fresh berry bouquet, mid-bodied, subtle style.
Pair with: Roasted vegetables, grilled meats.
WineSellar and Brasserie
9550 Waples Street, San Diego
White: Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Napa Valley, $16.
Notes: Subtle hints of stone fruit, flintiness, light oak; smooth finish.
Pair with: Vegetable dishes, soups.
Red: Davis Family Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2009, $16.
Notes: Light stemmy nose; medium to full body; velvet finish.
Pair with: Ravioli, fowl of any kind.
Though it’s customary at Oktoberfest to brew a Bavarian-style Mäerzen lager, Hess Brewing is opting for a Düsseldorf-style Altbier, called Festivus. Owner Mike Hess describes the taste as slightly nutty, with “scents of sweet malt and caramel, overlaid with distinctly spicy noble hop aroma.” Get Festivus at the annual “OktoberHess” on October 20. 7955 Silverton Avenue, Miramar