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Rendering, Spill the Beans, Mission Valley
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Oceanside-Based Urban Winery Expands to Vista This Spring

For the past decade, Skip and Maureen Coomber have been making wine in San Diego. In 2019, the pair opened up Coomber Craft Wines tasting room in Oceanside, and this year will be expanding to downtown Vista with about 20-30 wines to taste. 

General manager of Coomber Craft Wines Will Burtner describes the vibe of the Vista space as “industrial elegance” with the structure’s steel beams exposed overhead, concrete floors below and lots of wood throughout, playing up the 100-year-old building’s original charm. 

As far as a wine style, Burtner says they tend to produce wines that are more fruit-driven, California-style but aren’t too sweet. When the tasting room opens in the spring, they’ll have wine tasting options on the menu, regular live music outdoors, and outside food vendors for bites. Similar to their Oceanside location, they will also have “lockers for locals” which allows wine club members to keep three wine bottles in a locker at the space and drink it on-site without a corkage fee. 

Spill the Beans Coffee Shop Opens in Mission Valley

Spill the Beans opened up their third San Diego location in Mission Valley just before the start of the new year, following their Gaslamp and Seaport Village outposts. With an emphasis on the perfect breakfast pairings: coffee and pastries, the coffee shop will continue serving freshly made bagels topped with their homemade cream cheese flavors like wasabi, ginger, and white truffle.

Other menu options include bagel sandwiches like the San Diego breakfast sando featuring two over-medium fried eggs, pepper bacon, American and pepper jack cheese, and cayenne aioli. 

And, of course, the coffee. The team whips up their own handcrafted, specialty lattes like their blondie mocha, a spin on a blondie bar, with white chocolate sauce, brown sugar-macadamia syrup, espresso and milk. They also have your traditional beverages available like cappuccinos, lattes, cold brew and teas. The Mission Valley location has both indoor and outdoor seating.

San Diego Restaurant News & Food Events

Karl Strauss recently released its first zero-proof beer, the non-alcoholic Red Trolley, a spin on their original Irish-style red ale that typically has an ABV of 5.8 percent. The NA brew is available only in January at Karl Strauss locations. 

Del Mar’s Beeside Balcony is hosting a five-course tasting menu on Wednesday, January 10 alongside Napa Valley’s Huneeus Wines, pairing dishes like shrimp pesto gnocchi and beef tenderloin alongside one of the winery’s Quintessa Red wine selections or Flowers Chardonnay.


By Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez is an Emmy-nominated reporter who has spent much of her journalism career working in broadcast news in San Diego and Los Angeles. She joined the San Diego Magazine team as a freelance writer in 2020.

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