The shop was rather well hidden but it took only one wrong turn to get there so not too bad. If you know Miramar road (that connects to La Jolla Village dr), take a left turn (coming from La Jolla) where Carl's Jr is on Commerce road. It is on the right in Miramar village shopping center. This place could use more signs but from what I know, they have a pretty solid client base.
When I set my foot into the store, a bored-looking guy at the register hesitates to greet me and did when I stared at him (are-you-greeting-or-not stare) as I walked in. I knew my goal but wanted to see how it goes in the store so I immediately started looking at the wines thinking maybe he might ask what I was looking for. I gave up pretty fast and asked him instead if they carried local wines especially Edwards from Ramona. He showed me what they have, commenting on the wineries a little and the local winery scene in general. I don't know if he is really enthusiastic about wine or not. Maybe I caught him on a bad day. We wine chatted and I asked about tastings and he said they have a bar which is opened anytime and started walking there. He seemed a little hesitant, which was annoying but perhaps it is just the way he is.
|Ramonets at wine bar|
Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 2009
Did not like it as much as the other Ramonet. The minerality was a little too much for me. Other than that, I still like it better than the californian Chradonnay.
Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru les Caillerets 2009
Well balanced white with good minerality with a tinge of bitterness at the end which is not bad at all. Hints of peaches and more pear. I like it better than California Chardonnay. Very enjoyable white.
|Edwards and Vesper|
I found out the guy was Rick. Jon the owner was there too and he was nice. In the end, I settled for Edwards Whale Mountain Red 2006 (50/50 Petite Syrah and Syrah) for 13.95 and the Los Pilares 2010 (50/50 Grenache and Carignane) from Vesper for 19.95 (worth it?). I am excited to try them!
Overall, not a bad experience but I doubt I will come back often unless I want some Edwards or locals. Maybe for their Saturdays $5 tastings!