A little while ago I was e-ntroduced to Teri from the Ramona Ranch Winery, in Ramona California. Teri is a member of the Farm to Fork organization led by Trish Watlington, a local San Diego former restauranteur and farmer who I get some of the produced we use in our tacos, empanadas or weekly specials. Sometimes I get her delicious oranges for the house for our vitamin C supplements. Nonetheless, Trish's efforts to connect local farmers, winemakers and chefs are paying off, one step at a time. After a couple of failed efforts in my part to drive up to Ramona to taste Teri's and Micole's wines, Teri contacted me to let me know she was coming down to San Diego. We finally met in person and now that I am tasting her wines I want to share a few notes on what I've tasted so far. First off, they are delicious! The best part of all, they are produced in San Diego County with grapes grown here locally as well! How rad is that? After hearing a few stories about why and how they do what they do at Ramona Ranch Winery I feel very excited to bring these wines in the foreseeable future to our wine list rotation. Supporting a winery that is pro-environment and actually walks the talk is a small yet very powerful step towards the environment and economic health of our community and I am all about it, are you with us?
Orange Muscat: Smells like a Muscat but hold, this is not your mass-produced you find at the grocery store or market sweet like Muscat. This is a deliciously floral to the nose with hints of sweet, yes, but don't let the nose trick you because this wine is dry when you finally sip after you swirled it and smelled it. It has a little bit of a Chardonnay like feeling that I am sure it will satisfy those who are looking for California classics. I forgot to ask why is called Orange Muscat, but I do know there are no oranges used in the pressing or fermenting. Orange is just part of the name the same way Bar is just part of our business name, Cueva Bar Cafe.
Winemaker notes: "100% Orange Muscat off-dry with a citrus nose with bright acidity.
Give me Super Tuscan from now on! OMG! I love this wine. The nose, the taste, and how it evolves from the first sip all the way down to the bottom of the bottle. This wine will not disappoint unless you are a Pinot freak, and only like superlight, very fruit-forward with no touch of oak.
Bold, leathery, medium and very silky tannins. This will be my benchmark from now on for any time I taste a Super Tuscan. This wine is something my dad will drink by himself, well, he might share half a glass with me.
Notes from the winemaker: "An Exceptional blend of 30% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel and 20% Petite Sirah, Pairs well with Italian food
About the author:
I chef Oz write these blogs. I am a home cook gone pro when my wife Jo and I decided to open Cueva Bar Cafe in San Diego California. I am passionate about offering a space where people gather for a good time, and to enjoy mindfully prepared food, made with love and passion by our culinary team. I'm all about inclusive peace, love, mutual respect, unity, kindness, and compassion under the sun with liberty and justice for all.
Let delicious food bring us together!
Cueva Bar Café is always in metamorphosis mode, keeping an essence of Mexican cuisine, known for continuous reinvention and embracing evolution, where food is prepared in a cosy, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.
Letting the inspiration flow and keeping balance in mind, I marry some Mexico’s classic ingredients and flavours with elements from around the U.S and the world using local-organic produce and vendors as much as possible to create both delicious and healthy dishes that have little to zero impact on our environment.
Cueva Bar in San Diego California can be found online by searching for small plates, tapas, antojitos, shareable plates and it offers plenty of omnivores, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Happy hour is from Tuesday to Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Happy hour offerings are $2 off all food on the menu and $2 off all drinks by the glass.
Late-night menu on Friday and Saturday from 9 pm to 11 pm we offer a pizza menu with 12 inch pizzas.
Monthly Wine Tasting. Happens every first Saturday of every month from 3pm-4pm.
2123 Adams Avenue, San Diego, California, 92116.