IT’S WINE WEEK IN SAN DIEGO

Beer Week is still five months away, but the third running of San Diego Urban Wine Week is happening now.

San Diego’s urban winemakers make wine here in town, using grapes trucked from places like Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara growing regions, as well as vineyards as far away as Washington, and as near as east county.

If you like to drink craft beverages, here’s a chance to sample local urban winemakers during a series of special events.

A full list of events may be found here, but here are a few of the highlights:

Thursday, June 1st
Sip the City Kick Off Party — the entire line up of participating urban wineries will be pouring at the opening night event. $25 gets you in and sipping a wide variety of wines at The Headquarters at Seaport village.

Friday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 4th
All weekend, sister wineries Vesper and Stehleon Vineyards will be offering glasses of wine made from locally grown grapes for a mere $6 at its shared tasting room at 298 Enterprise St. Suite D.

Saturday, June 3rd:
Formerly of Hillcrest, Vinivanti wines has moved to Miramar and rebranded as Charlie & Echo, continuing to make natural and sparkling wines. Check out the grand opening of its new tasting room on Miralani Drive (next to Setting Sun Sake and several breweries).

Saturday, June 3rd:
Taste Washington-grown grapes made into San Diego wine at Gianni Buonomo Vintners in Point Loma. It’s hosting a Wine & Cheese Pairing with winemaker Keith Rolle from 3pm-4:30pm.

Wednesday, June 7th
North Park’s Négociant Winery sources grapes from throughout California, and will test wine fans’ palates with a blind tasting contest. The winner gets a free month in Négociant’s wine club, but this is one of those scenarios where everybody wins.

Thursday, June 8th
Up in Solana Beach, award winning Carruth Cellars will host an evening Behind the Scenes with the Winemaker. Wine sampls include some straight from the barrel selections, followed by a live blending and Q&A with winemaker Ryan Scott.

Saturday, June 10th
Wine week closes with a Sip the City Finale Party, featuring more wine, food, and live music at Escondido’s Maple Street Plaza.