Bottle Rocket

A painting on the exterior of Pali Wine Co.'s Little Italy location (2130 India St.) promises "fine wine and good times." more

Nov 4, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

The tasting room features the wines of two San Diego County wineries: San Pasqual, which crafts wine just down the block, and Wyatt Oaks, which makes its wines in Escondido. more

Oct 3, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket


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Sep 2, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket


Photo by Jen Van Tiegham

Lots of worthwhile wine knowledge can be gained from reading up on regions and styles. But it should come as no surprise that the more exciting part of learning is done by putting lips to glass. more

Aug 5, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

As recent rising temperatures have swiftly turned my apartment into a sweltering sauna, I've realized now is the time to break out the white wine. more

Jul 8, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket


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During the last five years, Bottlecraft has become a mainstay of San Diego beer culture. The bottle shop's model combines partaking with perusing to satiate the needs of thirsty patrons at locations in North Park, Little Italy and Liberty S... more

Jun 10, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

Part businessman, part world explorer and part educator, Maurice DiMarino represents various sectors in the wine industry. As wine-and-beverage manager for Cohn Restaurant Group, he oversees 20 bevera more

May 16, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket


Photo by Jen Van Tiegham

Damon Goldstein likes a challenge. The co-founder of Truly Fine Wine (4060 Morena Blvd.) wooed a woman who was half a world away—now his wife, Sabrina Bochen—for more than two years more

Apr 18, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

If you've heard rumblings about Mexican wine or want to know more about the region's appeal and offerings, there's one name you should know in San Diego: Fernando Gaxiola. more

Mar 18, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

Small-production wines from France’s Loire Valley may be crafted half a world away, but entrepreneur Luc Bonhomme makes them accessible stateside. more

Feb 19, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

When imagining a place that specializes in wines from the Pacific Time Zone you may think of California Chardonnay or Oregon Pinot Noir. While the aptly named Pacific Time (5277 Linda Vista Rd.) does more

Jan 22, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

While the impending New Year’s Eve holiday puts sparkling wines on shopping lists everywhere, for me they’re an anytime staple of my wine rack. Bubbly is palatable on its own, pairs well with a variety of foods (try it with potato chips) an... more

Dec 27, 2015 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

Now that the temperature has dipped (below 80 degrees) it’s time once again to drink red wines. I was sharing a red blend with a friend recently and she asked me why blends weren’t more popular. more

Nov 27, 2015 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

Taking a page from the craft beer playbook, a number of local wineries are opening locations in high-traffic, central locations. These urban wineries offer the tasting room experience within the produ more

Nov 2, 2015 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

Not all wines can claim they were born of an earth-shaking event, but one of Forgotten Barrel's (11855 Sorrento Valley Road) offerings sure can. more

Oct 2, 2015 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

Throughout the upcoming book Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine , Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack succeed at making the familiar seem new and the new seem familiar. more

Sep 4, 2015 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket

I've recently come to terms with being a true blue (or should that be pink?) fan of Rosé. The quintessential backyard wine often gets a bad rap—either due to the long, sordid history of white Zinfandel or because of its blushing feminine to... more

Aug 7, 2015 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket