Finding Light & Refreshing Wines

Fish Shop Wine and Salad (courtesy photo)

Light, bright and oh-so-refreshing, it wouldn’t officially be summer without sipping a glass of crisp Chardonnay or citrusyrosé on a sun-soaked patio! Wine enthusiasts are saying a chilled bottle of a lighter-bodied red, such as Pinot Noir, can be the perfect warm weather beverage. Whether you prefer white or red (or pink!), we’ve rounded up some of the best places to enjoy an invigorating glass of wine this summer.

After a morning spent at the beach, cruise over to The Duck Dive, located just steps from the sand in PB. All day long on Wednesdays, this beach bar and eatery offers half-off bottles of wine, like the Benziger Chardonnay. Let the flavors of apple, pear, lemon and apricot from this Sonoma-based wine tantalize your taste buds as you soak in the relaxed, laidback atmosphere of The Duck Dive.

Head up to Carlsbad and stop into Park 101 for their extensive selection of wines, any of which can be enjoying while soaking up the sun on the second-story Tamarack Deck. Chill with a glass of Chloe Pinot Grigio or for a large group, you can purchase wine by the bottle. Park 101 also offers a Frosé frozen cocktail, consisting of Cupcake Rosé, diced strawberries, lemon and strawberry syrup.

Both elegant and sophisticated, Osetra Seafood & Steaks is the ideal spot for a romantic date night, especially if you love wine! As soon as you walk through the doors, you can’t help but notice the three-story wine tower, housing an award-winning collection of the best pours. If you’re intimidated by all the choices, we recommend going with the PuratoPinot Grigio & Catarratto, a unique combination of two grapes to create a wine with intense aromas of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect summer sip, I don’t know what does!

If fresh fish and a bottle of wine constitute your idea of a perfect summer meal, check out Fish Shop with locations in Pacific Beach, Point Loma or Encinitas. Each spot boasts a list of at least 12 different wines, including the 13 Celcius Sauvignon Blanc with notes of sweet herbs, citrus, lychee and a refreshing finish. Fish Shop also allows you to bring your own bottle of wine when dining in, and there is no corkage fee at the Pacific Beach location!

Recently opened in the Gaslamp District, Route 29’s name is derived from the primary road that winds through Napa Valley. The farm-to-table concept of the restaurant reflects the essence of wine country’s iconic, rustic-modern vibe, while inviting guests to stop in and “wine down”. The impressive line-up of wine has everything from rosés to fun whites, like the fresh and easy Ramon Bilbao Albariño, from Spain. With around 150 different options to choose from, guests can experience a new wine each time they come for dinner.

Grab a seat on the patio at Liberty Station’s Fig Tree Cafe and prepare to be dazzled by the selection of wines, which also includes wine flights. Guests can order three for $15 or four for $20 3-oz. pours, with the option to create your own or choose from predetermined flights from the restaurant’s sommelier. For a warm summer afternoon, opt for Michael’s Selection with La Rocca Coppo Gavi, a classic white from Italy, a light and juicy Point North Pinot Noir and Valle de Guadalupe’s Cava Maciel “Orbita” Tempranillo.