Oceanside, Calif.- August 26, 2019- While San Diego may be well-known for its craft beer, Oceanside, the County’s northern most city, has been making waves recently by expanding into the wine scene. From sea and sky wine adventures to stylish new tasting rooms, there are plenty of reasons to sip and savor in this Southern California beach town.
Harbor Wine Cruise
Sea, Sunsets and Beachy Wine
For sea, sunsets and award-winning local wine visitors don’t need to go farther than Oceanside Harbor where Oceanside Adventures offers a Harbor Wine Cruise on the first Saturday of each month. The 90-minute cruise aboard the luxury catamaran includes scenic exploration of Oceanside’s coastal waters, selection of appetizers and three tastes of wine from Oceanside’s award-winning Beach House Winery. Located in the hills of Oceanside, Beach House Winery is the region’s first vineyard by the sea, produces all wines onsite and features a tasting room where visitors can experience additional varietals. Cost of the wine cruise is $39 per person
Helicopter Wine Adventure
Wine Down After Being Sky High
Waverider Helicopter Tours takes the concept of wine adventure up a notch with its Helicopter Lunch and Wine Tour package. Visitors will feel like they are living a real-life episode of the Bachelor during this experience, which includes a 20-minute flight from Oceanside Airport that cruises along the picturesque coastline before turning inland toward Temecula. Guests land at Temecula’s Thornton Winery where they are greeted with a glass of champagne and can enjoy a two-hour lunch and wine tasting before being whisked back to Oceanside by helicopter. The excursion is $599 for two people with lunch and wine tasting priced separately.
Sips Around Town
For those who prefer to stay on terra firma, Oceanside’s downtown boasts new urban tasting rooms that serve local sips in re-invented spaces. Coomber Craft Wines opened this summer and features a 3,500 square-foot urban winery and tasting room complete with expansive back patio. Exposed brick, wood beams, vintage accents and roll up doors give the space a hip, urban vibe from which to enjoy its collection of 16 varietals. Just down the block from Coomber, wine enthusiasts can discover Orfila Vineyard and Winery’s new Oceanside tasting room. The location not only features 22 varietals from the San Diego winery, but also a full menu of chef-created delicious, simple and healthy food. Large windows, recycled wine bottle succulent planters, metal-wood furniture and a curated collection of artwork for sale enhance the ambiance.
Other noteworthy wine venues in Oceanside include The Miller’s Table, named one of Yelp’s top 25 wine bars in the U.S; Privateer Wine Bar, a favorite South Oceanside neighbor establishment with rotating selection of wine and adjacent farm-to-table pizza restaurant; and Holmes Estate Cellars, a lively, pet-friendly tasting room. For more about coastal wine tasting in Oceanside, visit https://visitoceanside.org/blog/coastal-wine-tasting-in-oceanside.
For more information on Oceanside and all of its events and attractions, visit www.visitoceanside.org.
Perfectly situated between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles, Oceanside is a quintessential California coastal escape that includes wide sandy beaches, a quaint New England-style harbor, historic wooden pier and charming bungalow neighborhoods. O’side (as locals affectionately call it) is a destination of discovery where visitors can explore everything from California history at the “King of Missions” to surf culture at the California Surf Museum and awe-inspiring sea life through exciting ocean adventures. This playful and fun destination thrives on taking recreation to the next level and boasts world-class surfing, skateboarding, bike riding, boating and even skydiving. A flourishing farm-to-table food and craft beer scene reflects Oceanside’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit, as do exciting arts and culture programs that earned Oceanside one of just 14 California Cultural District designations in 2017. Classically charming, eclectic and always genuine, Oceanside is an ideal place to stay and a true O’riginal. www.visitoceanside.org
About Visit Oceanside
Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau is the official tourism marketing organization in Oceanside, Calif; promoting travel to the city for both leisure and group visitors. The organization influences about one-third of the $382 million that is generated by visitor spending in Oceanside each year, which supports nearly 3,500 jobs. Visit Oceanside also operates one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major Southern California attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB and California Welcome Center- Oceanside are conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway. For more information, please call (800) 350-7873 or visit www.visitoceanside.org