San Diego’s Grand Del Mar is a Wine Lover’s Delight
Now that I’ve visited The Grand Del Mar, when I think of San Diego, images of delectable wines vie for prominence with those famous beaches. Addison, Grand Del Mar’s signature restaurant, features a 3,300-label wine list which has earned the Wine Spectator Grand Award for several years. And no wonder.
Wine Director Jesse Rodriguez came from the Napa Valley’s French Laundry. Before that, he served as sommelier at Mary Elaine’s at the Phoenician. Let’s just say, he knows his wines. And he loves to share his knowledge with interested patrons. Count me in!
Expect to find a diverse list, 60% international to 40% domestic, from prestigious producers to exciting limited production discoveries. With our appetizers, Rodriguez poured a crisp Pinot Grigio from the small Scarpetta winery in Napa Valley, inspired by the white wines of Italy. Always seeking to increase customers’ enjoyment, he has expanded the selection of half bottles, enabling a couple to enjoy some diversity of wine choices with their gourmet meal.
I was impressed with the privately blended wines prepared especially for the hotel. We enjoyed an elegant Pinot Noir from Silacci Vineyard in Monterey County, California, which was bottled exclusively for Addison by Miura Vineyards. I tasted vibrant currant and cranberry flavors, which beautifully complemented the rack of lamb entrée. The private bottling collection numbers close to 20 wines.
Did I mention that Addison is located in the clubhouse of The Grand Golf Club? Wow, what a clubhouse. Addison has its own circular driveway and entrance and includes a cozy library-type space, a piano bar and fabulous dining room overlooking the Tom Fazio-designed golf course. It’s a wonderful course with elevations that allow for far-reaching vistas. I fell in love with it and the demo driver I used all weekend. The driver came home with me. Unlike most vacation purchases, the novelty has not worn off. I hit it a mile.
In my book, the resort gets high marks for having a Wine Director who’s played St. Andrews! Add to that myriad other marks of excellence, and it’s easy to see why Grand Del Mar earned the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel rating for 2012, as well as the AAA Five Diamond Award. Visit www.thegranddelmar.com
Cori Brett is a Scottsdale-based golf travel and lifestyle writer. Visit www.coribrett.com
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