In just the past couple of months, we’ve had Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Valentine’s Day just reared its ugly head, and President’s Day is around the corner. While all of these are important holidays, it’s hard to fathom why National Drink Wine Day isn’t ranked among them. Yes, Feb. 18 is the big day, dedicated to drinking the good stuff, and there are a number of ways to celebrate here in San Diego.
Start things on the early side up at The WineSellar and Brasserie in Sorrento Valley. It’ll hold a warehouse sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tastes poured all day long. Take your purchases home and then head over to Clairemont Mesa, where Lum Eisenman will offer an Intro to Home Winemaking seminar at 1 p.m. at Curds and Wine. It’s a freebie, but space is limited, so RSVP. Then at 2 p.m., the good folks Downtown at Bacchus Wine Market will start pouring a flight of seven different Pinots, and hours later, at 5 p.m., Dustin Jones of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants will offer up tastes of red and white Italian wines at The Wine Lover in Hillcrest (reservations are suggested for this one).
In Mission Hills, Wine Vault and Bistro has a good-looking five-course tasting menu (hello, roasted lamb shoulder with eggplant confit!) for $30, and it’s accompanied by five pours of wine for just $20 more. You can be seated for that anytime after 5 p.m. But, wait, there’s more. If you feel like something unique, join the Wine Society San Diego at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency’s Red Marlin Restaurant. They’ll host a dinner and a blind-tasting of at least eight red wines, while several sommeliers and collectors offer thoughts on what you’re sipping.
That last event will run you about $120, but, hey, this is National Drink Wine Day, so you might as well splurge, right? As for me, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing yet, because even though the official day is Saturday, I do my best to live Drink Wine Day on a daily basis.