VinDiego: The San Diego Wine & Food Festival

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The California wine culture is not one to be taken lightly, because the state is well-known for its many regions dedicated world-class wine making and innovation.  When that first sip of wine exudes deep beauty and elegance Californian wine enthusiasts rejoice.  If you’re interested in a taste of this regal California wine experience or already consider yourself a wine connoisseur, be sure to mark your calendar for April 6, 2013. On April 6th the annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival–a premier wine tasting event in Southern California–takes place in San Diego.

VinDiego is a truly unique event which celebrates California’s finest wines and wineries at the beautiful Broadway Pier on the San Diego Bay. There will be hundreds of wines from the best and brightest vintners for attendees to taste and enjoy.  While sipping wine, you can graze on offerings from local culinary masters and artisans, as well as food from most renowned bakers and restaurants in California.

Wine enthusiasts can also enjoy specialized seminars conducted by certified wine experts of Cabernet, Rhone, and Pinot Noir.  These specialized seminars let you sip and swirl the finest offerings in each category as well as learn more about each wine’s popularity and differences in taste and texture.

The VinDiego festival is on Saturday, April 6th from 3pm to 8pm. Hopeful attendees can buy tickets to to the event at Tickets are on sale now through April 5th.  There are different ticket types available, ranging from VIP to Designated Driver. Or get together a group of 10 or more and receive discounted tickets! Located just 14 minutes away from Broadway Pier, Ocean Park Inn is the ideal place to stay to enjoy not only VinDiego, but also all that San Diego has to offer! From the soft ocean breeze of Pacific Beach to the glamorous nightlife of the Gaslamp, Ocean Park Inn is the perfect place to stay during your San Diegan adventure. For booking information visit

Family Winemakers of California Presents “Tasting 2013″ (March 9, 2013)

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Nothing compares to a nice glass of wine. Except for a glass of Californian wine…on the coast…sipped while watching the sunset! On Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th join the thousands of other wine connoisseurs and experience the perfect combination of wine tasting and gorgeous beach views at the Family Winemakers of California’s 5th Annual “Tasting 2013” in Del Mar.

With 170+wineries pouring, guests will have a plethora of different of Cabs, Pinots and Zins to taste. The event showcases small, family-owned wineries from some of California’s up-and-coming and widely acclaimed regions. From small label productions, to the rare collectibles, attendees will have the chance to discover some of California’s hidden treasures in the wine industry.

All of the wineries in attendance are small, family-owned establishments, that pour at only a select few events each year. Tasting 2013 gives you the opportunity to meet the vintners and wineries behind the labels, and see first-hand their passion for the craft of exceptional wine making. With over 700 wines to taste at the event, attendees will gain a complete understanding and taste of California wine.

The event is open to trade and consumers. Consumer hours are 3-6pm on March 9th, with tickets available online for $60. Consumers also have the option to participate in a “Reserve” tasting for $85. Purchase online with the promo code “VinVillage15” and receive 20% off your purchase! For more information on tickets, please call 415-705-0646 or email

Just a short drive from the Tasting 2013 event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the Ocean Park Inn, which is the perfect venue to serve as your home base after a long day of indulgence of California’s finest wineries. Ocean Park Inn sits just a few steps from the beach. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy that new bottle of wine then while watching the sunset from one of our ocean front balcony rooms. Sip, sit back, relax, enjoy! For room rates, please call 858-483-5858 or visit

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

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Unlike many places across the country, San Diego is resistant to typical fall weather, maintaining its famous sunny days and high temperatures well into December. This alone draws thousands to America’s Finest City every Autumn, but it isn’t the only reason to visit. Food and wine enthusiasts will also tell you that November is one of the best times to make the trip to Southern California. November boasts the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival from the 14th-18th which offers the opportunity to pamper your taste buds with the culinary creations of gourmet food producers, authors, celebrity chefs, 170-plus winemakers and more!

Events you won’t want to miss at the festival include 15 wine tasting and cooking classes, a WineRave, Reserve & New Release Tasting, Wine Dinners, and AIWF Big Bottle Auction & Celebrity Chef Luncheon, Tommy Bahama Rum VIP Party and the star-studded Grand Tasting Event. With so many great activities you’ll need to book a hotel that you can call home for the week! Ocean Park Inn is the perfect location. Set right on the sand just ten minutes from San Diego Bay, the Ocean Park Inn grants you the freedom to wake up next to the Pacific Ocean, explore the sights of Pacific Beach and make the short trip to downtown to experience the action of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation, and showcases the best of San Diego’s booming restaurant industry. According to the San Diego Wine Classic, “We’ve got our eyes and ears peeled for the city’s most drool-worthy restaurants and newest food trends to hit the streets, bringing you an epicurean experience unlike any other.” If that’s not a reason to begin preparing your belly for this upcoming 4-day event, we’re not sure what is!

There are numerous types of ticket packages available to suit every level of interest. Set the date for your trip to San Diego today! For more information on the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival visit,

Surf and Turf

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What do you think of when you hear the term surf? Does your mind immediately go to the famous surf and turf meal–a delicious steak and lobster? Or maybe your brain conjures images of the real deal: beautiful sandy beaches and deep-water harbors, like those along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in sunny San Diego?  Regardless of which category you fall into, San Diego is the perfect place to make either version of surf come to life! San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and features a year-round mild climate, perfect for learning to surf at one of the many surf schools on the golden coast.  Classes will include everything you need to know to ride those foamy waves, including:  fundamentals, water safety, ocean climate, and optimum conditions.  Many of the surfing schools include off-season and family rates too, so it can be a fun and affordable activity for everyone in your group!  You can also take snorkeling or scuba diving lessons and see what the Pacific has to offer from the bottom up. Special scuba classes even allow you to dive at night for a more exciting and one-of-a-kind adventure. San Diego is a scuba diving hotspot for vacationers, especially with the gorgeous La Jolla Cove being the number one dive site in all of California.

Even if you’re not one to dive right into the ocean you can still enjoy its amenities, such as walking barefoot on the beach or watching some of the most magnificent sunsets you will ever see.  Many five-star restaurants also surround the beach front so you can partake in great food experiences–like fulfilling that surf and turf craving!  Many San Diegan restaurants include live bands and salsa lessons so you can really make the most of a single evening out in this fantastic city.

So whether you want to hang ten or stroll the beach, salsa dance or sit down for that mouth-watering steak and lobster special, you can find all of these activities right near your luxurious accommodations at the  Ocean Park Inn. Located in popular Pacific Beach, the Inn offers spacious rooms and suites, comfortable amenities, and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Ocean Park Inn even offers family and group-rate packages, and monthly specials, so visit their site at to plan your next vacation.

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival 2011

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Fall travel just got tastier with the announcement of the 8th annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival! Forget about the stress and mess of Thanksgiving, and instead join us in the heart of San Diego for an extravagant way to wine and dine! At the 2011 San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival you will be treated to a display by over 70 of the city’s top fine dining restaurants, as well as 170 wineries pouring over 800 wines, gourmet food purveyors, cookbook authors, and culinary personalities!

Now in its 8th year, the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival has become one of the most well-known venues for the best fine dining restaurants in San Diego to showcase their stuff! The event offers everything from cooking classes to tasting seminars, so there will never be a dull moment. This five day food extravaganza begins on November 16th with San Diego’s Wine Rave ($45.00 for advanced purchase). san diego wine festival ocean park innThen stop by Embarcadero Park North behind Seaport Village on the 19th for the renowned Grand Tasting Event, which is open to the public from 12-3pm. Then end it all on a high note with the 2011 Celebrity Chef Luncheon & AIWF Big Bottle Auction on Sunday, November 20th. Treat yourself to a complete weekend of tasting, testing, swirling and swishing! Complementary shuttle services will be provided for those in need, or bring along a designated driver who can cash in on special responsible drinking discounts.

As we all know, a little wine and dine is the best way to make the most of your San Diego fun in the sun adventures! Stay with us at the Ocean Park Inn, located right on the board walk of beautiful Pacific Beach in San Diego. For more information about the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival check out this link: