Oct. 18 2013 06:44 PM

Del Cerro's hidden gem offers quality and variety

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Photo by Jen Van Tieghem

K 'n B Wine Cellars, one part liquor store and one part beer-and-wine bar tucked in a Del Cerro strip mall (6380 Del Cerro Blvd.), leaves pretentiousness at the door. For those of us who don't mind drinking alongside rows of bottles (some of which we'll take home with us), it's a great spot to grab a drink and maybe a bite. 

To be clear, K 'n B is not a run-of-the-mill liquor store; its selection of wine, beer and booze is vast and offers good quality and reasonable prices. Of course, I went for the wine. By-the-glass prices range from $6 to $12, with the wines representing a variety of regions and styles. 

To begin, my drinking partner and I opted for white-wine flights. Three pre-selected wines were served in small pours. (I noted that one could opt for a "build your own" flight for $16—another good option for those with decision-making issues.)

I liked each one quite a bit. Tolosa Unoaked Chardonnay, from the Central Coast, was my least favorite but still palatable and refreshing with subtle hints of vanilla. Beach Ball Vinho Verde from Portugal offered more powerful flavors of crisp pears and apples with an herbaceous finish. 

But my favorite was the Scarpetta Pinot Grigio from Italy. It reminded me what this grape is at its finest. The scent was a heavenly bouquet of flowers, which translated to the tongue without an overpowering perfume quality. The light mouthfeel and delicate taste of honeysuckle made me finger this one as a perfect pre-dinner drink. I definitely wanted more than 2 to 3 ounces. 

What struck me about each wine was its ability to stand alone. Had I not been drooling over the cheese and olive plate, a single glass of any would have suited me fine.  

Another important note about K 'n B is the beer selection—local craft beers along with worldly choices will entice non wine-lovers. And when you're done sipping your favorites, there are the cases and shelves of bottles to take home. Shopping under the influence is highly recommended.

Write to jenv@sdcitybeat.com and editor@sdcitybeat.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_VT.

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