Vinavanti Urban Winery and Tasting Room

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Closed Dec 25, 26

We will be closed December 25th and 26th (Thursday and Friday). We will be open on Saturday, December 27th regular hours 11am-6pm.

Note we will also be open Thursday, New Years Day, January 1st, from 4-7pm and by appointment.

Little Helper for the Holidays

1-1209141625cIt’s December, and that means the return of Little Helper! We steep red wine with whole stick cinnamon, star anise, cardamom pods, cloves and black peppercorns for a week and then bottle it for almost a year to integrate the aromas. It captures the season in a glass.

Little Helper is only on sale in December, and we’re including a free splash of it with any wine tasting – now that’s the holiday spirit! Bottles are just $15.

Holiday Gift Guide

Stumped on what to get someone for the Holidays? Skip the nightmare of mall shopping, relax with some wine, and buy the perfect gift all at the same time at our winery!

Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for all sorts of fun and different options – Litros, six-packs, DIY cheese kits, Passports and more!

2nd Annual Farm-to-Wine Party!

1-DSCF5694Our 2nd Annual Farm-to-Wine Party is Saturday, December 6th, from Noon to 2pm. We’ve again paired up with The Vetted Table to create a delicious five-course pairing menu.

If you didn’t make it to last year’s event, here’s the scoop. We forgo the stuffy, sit-down wine dinner in favor of a fun and casual, cocktail-party style event. Courses are staged and paired with our wines as you mill about our winery tasting room and do the socialize thing (or not). Wine pours are three ounces each, except the final dessert which is two.

There are only 32 tickets available for the event, and tickets must be purchased online in advance (none at the door). Tickets are $57 (plus a ticket service fee) and go on sale November 19th at Noon. Wine Club members can purchase tickets in advance for only $45.

Menu follows. Warning: it will make you hungry and thirsty. Hope to see you at the party! Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Syrah and 2013 The Alchemist Release

sept14releasesWe’re releasing two new wines for September – a new vintage and vineyard for Syrah, and the very new and one-of-a-kind wine, “The Alchemist”. Both are available now in the tasting room and online.

Syrah 2012 - Our 2012 Syrah takes over where our best selling 2011 Syrah left off. Deep black current and blackberry flavors on the front turning to black pepper and woody notes on the back, all supported by firm tannins. Available both by the bottle and Litro wine-growler fill (limited!) for $25 ($20 for Wine Club members).

The Alchemist 2013 - Where do we start? This is one of the most unique wines you will ever taste. We mean ever – anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Get your San Diego Urban Wineries Passport!

Vinavanti is happy to be a part of a vibrant and thriving urban winery scene here in San Diego County. Along with other urban wineries in the area, we’ve formed San Diego Urban Wineries and have created the Passport!

The Passport is good for 11 tastings at San Diego Urban Wineries for only $50 – a 50% savings off the price of the individual tastings. The Passport includes a winery map, information on each winery, and room for your tasting notes. It’s a great way to explore the world of San Diego Urban Wineries!

Come by our tasting room to purchase a Passport, or buy a ticket online that’s redeemable for a Passport at your first tasting room visit. Hurry – supplies are limited.

Viognier Stomp Saturday, Aug 16

1-i_love_lucy_-stomping_grapesOur Viognier harvest is coming in, and we will be foot-stomping 5,000 pounds of lovely grapes into what will become our sparkling Viognier for 2014 this Saturday, August 16th!

Yes, we do actually foot-stomp some of our grapes, though it doesn’t resemble the famous Lucy episode (actually, “Lucy” is the name of our crusher-destemmer machine which is often used in place of foot-stomping).

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Best of San Diego Party, Aug 22

1-best-of-sd-logoYes, somehow amid all the grape harvest madness, we are going to be pouring at San Diego Magazine’s Best of San Diego Party on Friday, August 22nd – it’s just too cool an event to pass up!

The event is from 6:30-9:30pm at the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station. Check out their website for more details and tickets.

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Go Chocolate! or Go Cheese! Wine Pairing – Aug 2nd

GoChocOrCheeseJoin us Saturday, August 2nd from 1-3pm, for our paired wine, chocolate and cheese event!

We will be pouring four wines (2 oz pours) – our 2012 Grenache, 2011 GSM, 2012 Mourvedre, and 2011 Syrah. A specially crafted cheese dish and a chocolate dish go with each wine, and you get to choose which you’d rather have with each pour – either Go Cheese! or Go Chocolate! – as you progress through the tasting.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for Wine Club) online through Brownpaper Tickets, plus sales tax and ticket service fee. Day-of tickets at the door are $30 plus tax (no Wine Club discount) and subject to availability.

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June 2014 Wine Club Selections

1-0630141533The selections for June 2014 Wine Club have been made and are ready for pickup! This quarter features one bottle each of three brand new releases.

2013 Viognier. A very special wine and release. Only one bottle per member. Radiant lemon-lime hue. Bright citrus nose, with lemongrass, pear skin, and elements of honey and lime pith on the palate. Viscous yet minerally with well-balanced acidity. All fruit from high-altitude (3,200 ft) vines on their own roots in deep, sandy, granitic soil. One week of whole cluster carbonic maceration.

2013 Clara Rosé. Strawberries and cream, with hints of rose petal and marmalade. A very dry rosé with a slight tannic grip, it is never cloying. 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre.

2012 Grenache. Is there a perfect red wine for Summer? We humbly submit this wine for consideration. Rich raspberry and cranberry, with black and white pepper aromas, along with bright acidity and fine but distinct tannins. This wine is refreshing and luscious to drink, with enough spice and backbone to keep you wanting more (and an alcohol level low enough you can actually have more).


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