Who says Northern California is the place to go for wine tasting? Some fine wine is waiting to be discovered right here in and near San Clemente, easy to get to from Sea Summit. If you enjoy a good glass of wine and the wine tasting experience, check out some of these local destinations.
San Clemente Wine Company – San Clemente
Housed in a charming old building downtown on Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente Winery is favored by its patrons for the excellent service, great atmosphere, cheese plates and, of course, wine. There’s a wine boutique in front and a bar in back with wine tasting fleets.
Barnoa – San Clemente
Barnoa serves up wine, beer and fun. Wine tasting happens every Thursday. Rumor has it they have some great small plates to go with a variety of great wines. The place features live music and special events like wine-and-paint nights. Barnoa also has a wine club.
Bob’s Fine Wines – San Clemente
Looks are deceiving. This popular wine spot, actually a liquor store is located in a mall. The wine store features a wine tasting room for those who want to explore their delicious options. People rave about the service, expertise and friendliness.
The Cellar – San Clemente
Known for its wine, cheese shop and food, The Cellar patrons enjoy wine events and live music Tuesday through Sunday. The Cellar Cheese Club members receive discounts, a cheese newsletter and access to a quarterly cheese happy hour.
Rancho Capistrano Winery – San Juan Capistrano
Touted as “Orange County’s largest winery and San Juan Capistrano’s best restaurant,” the award-winning establishment is located downtown San Juan Capistrano. Rancho Capistrano Winery crafts wines locally from grapes sourced from wine regions around the world.
If you plan to do more than sip a little wine, consider taking a winery shuttle tour. There are several tour services that specialize all around the area including down San Diego way and throughout Orange County.