Jen Lothspeich


Photo by Jen Lothspeich

As a thrifty wino, I’m always interested in a rosé with a palatable price point. As a discerning wino, I’m intrigued by one made from a hearty red varietal. more

Jul 7, 2017 5:29 PM Bottle Rocket


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The Vine Affair—presented by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership—held its inaugural event in five locations around the park. more

Jun 12, 2017 4:41 PM Bottle Rocket


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The name Gianni Buonomo Vintners may conjure up images of rolling Italian hillsides covered with grape vines, so it could come as a surprise to find its tasting room in Ocean Beach. more

May 8, 2017 4:18 PM Bottle Rocket

Purchasing wine through takes time to get used to, and more time to actually receive. more

Apr 3, 2017 3:39 PM Bottle Rocket


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I’m not sure how the presence of M Winehouse in Little Italy (1918 India St.) escaped me, but it seems that I’ve been missing out on this quaint spot for a couple of years now. more

Feb 27, 2017 2:12 PM Bottle Rocket


Photo courtesy of Revolt Wine Co.

This unique dual focus of Revolt means its wines pop up in unexpected settings. It has participated in 91X’s Ye Scallywag festival, poured at Warped Tour Ventura and Hard Rock Las Vegas. more

Jan 27, 2017 4:00 PM Bottle Rocket


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Tis the season for resolutions and sparkling wine; and while I'm avoiding that first one, I'm all but surviving on the second as this vexing year comes to a close. more

Dec 27, 2016 11:15 AM Bottle Rocket


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With most bottles in the $18 to $36 range, the tasting works for bargain shoppers and with the pricier "featured" wine, one can also find something special. more

Dec 7, 2016 11:35 AM 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


Jen Van Tieghem

Sep 2, 2016 12:00 AM Bottle Rocket


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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


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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