Walking Tour of the Gaslamp Quarter's Wine Bars
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The last date listed for Gaslamp Quarter Wine Stroll was Sunday November 10, 2013 / 3:00pm.
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Featured review from Jessica Renee
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Cassandra was our tour guide. She was a local girl (which was a plus) I have lived here for 12 yrs, so if you are giving me a tour, I expect the guide to know more about things than I do! And Cassandra didn't disappoint us! I have been on 3 different walking food/wine tours & this was a very good one. Cassadra was awesome! The variety in the 3 locations we went to was excellent. We met under the Gaslamp district sign by Hard Rock Hotel & NoBu restaurant. The 1st place Bacchus was the best in terms wine education. We were waited on by one of the owners, you could tell she was very passionate about wine & gave us wonderful selections & future recommendations & explained where & how they purchase their wine. We had 3 samples of VERY good wine. A white & 2 reds. Food wise we only had some cheese to snack on, would have liked at least a small meat, cheese, cracker plate. The 2nd place was Operacafe. There we has 3 more wine samples, 1 white & 2 reds, I my opinion not as good as the first place. Food wise we had some fresh breads w/ oil & vinegar, then brushetta & some fried cheese balls, the food was good. The man who brought us our food explained the food more than the wine, I didn't like that & the food was just good, not great. The final place was the wine bar @ Andaz (the old Ivy hotel) I have been here a few times & they have a fun system set up where we were given a $10 pre-paid wine card & you put your card in a slot & then press a corresponding wine bottle you want a sample of. The cool thing with that is you can pay for a small sample double sample or full glass. Each wine has a very detailed description above the bottle. We didn't have anyone telling us about the wines nor were we offered any food here. They have great apps here but the bartender never even approached us about a menu for additional purchase cost. All in all, our guide Cassandra was GREAT, very knowledgeable, LOTS of fun facts about the Gaslamp I had never heard of before. 5 STARS for the guide & info session. The 4 stars would be for the variety of wine bar selections, all 3 had completely different vibe & styles. (The 5 star would go to Bacchus) the 3 1/2 star would be for the small pours & lack of food options. I like to snack when I drink I REALLY like someone to explain a food & wine pairing to me. Like I said previously, this was my 3rd walking food/wine tour. My favorite one was in La Jolla, guide was knowledgeable, and the locations we had food & wine pairings were AMAZING both food wise & with generous pours. The La Jolla one was $60 per person. This one I got on Goldstar for $30 per person, which was a good deal for what we got, I would have been disappointed with paying $60 for this tour & only have eaten some bread & cheese balls. The WORST tour I was on was BITE in North Park, the guide had only been in SD for one year & we had to pay full price for EVERY drink & we didn't even go to some of the best locations in North Park. So my suggestion is if you can get this tour for $30, do it & as of Cassandra-she is AWESOME, but if you want the best food & wine tour splurge on the La Jolla one & ask for Shira. AVOID BITE NORTH PARK no matter what deal you get!
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Cassandra was our guide and she took us to three venues for wine tasting and small bites. We learned a bit about the revitalization of the Gaslamp District and the architecture. The wine tasting venues were very nice and were in interesting...continued
The tour includes six to nine 2-ounce pours and covers about 1-1/4 miles of flat terrain.