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September 21
The next epicurean event in the quarterly Masters of Food & Wines series held at Park Hyatt Aviara will celebrate Italian craftsmen. Vivace’s chef Jason Siebert will host an evening of culinary education and feasting. At the reception, guests will learn about and sample burrata and mozzarella from DiStefano Cheese Company, olive oil from Academia Barilla and prosciutto by Fontanta, while sipping Italian wines from Michele Chiarlo. A four-course dinner will follow, showcasing a wealth of stellar Italian ingredients, all paired with Chiarlo’s wines from Piedmont, Italy. The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $125 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Vivace, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, 7100 Aviara Resort Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011, 760-448-1234.
November 1-2
Temecula Valley Wine County invites guests on a fun-filled culinary adventure during the annual Harvest Wine Celebration: a self-guided tour with delicious food and wine samplings from 30 different wineries. Exclusive barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines will be offered, many of which have yet to hit the market. Tickets are $99 and will give guests access to the event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. For tickets and more information visit

Set in the lovely grounds of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Mustangs & Burros has a new happy hour. Chef Timothy Ralphs has created a lively and fun menu with exciting edibles and potables. Each weekday celebrates different food and beers, from handcraft brews with fresh ceviche to mule drinks with ginger beer paired with real-deal TJ hotdogs. Thursday means street tacos with Tecate; Fridays are pitcher specials with platters of Cal-Mex eats. Most beers and nibbles run $5. Happy hour takes place Monday through Friday with drinks on special from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., and food deals from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mustangs & Burros, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-550-1000.
Wednesday through Sunday
Carruth Cellars has opened on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. This boutique urban winery handcrafts artisan wines from select grapes from the Russian River Valley and California Coast. Wine tastings occur Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon-9 p.m. and Sundays from noon-6 p.m. Get six pours for $10. Carruth Cellars Winery, 320 South Cedros Ave #400, Solana Beach, CA 92075, 858-847-9463.
Vintana Wine + Dine is adding a little pulse to the inland North County nightlife with Thursday Night Live on the rooftop terrace every Thursday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music, cocktails and food by the fire pits. Drink specials include $7 vodka drinks or half-price on select wines. Entertainment will vary week to week with jazz, blue, acoustics and R&B acts, featuring local and regional singer/songwriters. Enjoy the lanai menu with tasty items like crispy chickpea calamari and sesame-crusted Brie. Vintana Wine + Dine, Lexus Centre, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA 92029, 760-745-7777.

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For additional information on wine events, please contact:

The WineSellar & Brasserie
9550 Waples St.
San Diego, CA 92121


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