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Happy Labor Day from San Diego Beer and Wine Tours!

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a day to honor the efforts of American workers. It is a classic American holiday, and a federally-observed day. Labor Day was signed into effect by President Grover Cleveland after brutal violence marred the Pullman Strike in 1894. But although this history is interesting, the real story here is how Labor Day and the labor movements are entwined with the history of wine in the United States. After the Great Depression hit, the wine industry made a comeback during World War II. As more workers returned from war and streamed into agricultural jobs, wages went lower and standards for farmworkers dropped. In 1965, California grape workers, led by United Farm Workers, organized a nonviolent strike, boycotting in vineyards within Kern County and beyond to demand fair treatment. Americans – more than 14…

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August 22, 2013

San Diego Beer and Wine Tours Is Off to the Races Again!

Grab your big hats and your pin money, because it's horse racing season again! We can hardly believe it, but it's that time of year already — the track is open for business today! The Del Mar Horse Races are among San Diego's best known events; the racetrack is a place where people go to see and be seen, to place wagers, to showcase their summer pinstripes and their elaborate hats, and most of all to enjoy themselves! It's a decades-old tradition, and it gets better every year, featuring live music, special events, and fine dining with great beer and wine at the Turf Club. We love horses, big hats, cool outfits, and above all, great food, wine, and beer, so the Del Mar Races are, obviously, right up our alley. We think they'll be your thing, too. Join us…

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July 17, 2013

San Diego Beer and Wine Tours and the Hair of the Dog

At San Diego Beer and Wine Tours we LOVE good beer and wine.  We also love our pets, but as any vet will tell you, booze and Fluffy don’t mix – no matter how much they want it. Well, until now.  If you want to share your tasting experience with your dog or cat, you can now do so without fear of doing them serious bodily harm.  A company from Seattle has pioneered – wait for it – Bowser Beer. The non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks come in flavors like Beefy Brown Ale and Cock-A-Doodle-Brew. This isn’t the first marriage of pets and potables.  A San Diego company, Doggie Beer Bones, uses recycled grains from homebrewed beer to make baked dog treats. San Diego Beer and Wine Tours loves dogs. There is also a wine on the market for dogs and cats…

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July 24, 2012

San Diego Beer and Wine Tours is Off to the Races!

San Diego Beer and Wine Tours is off and running to the races!  Are you ready for a day at the racetrack? The rest of San Diego certainly is. Some 45,000 people are expected to head out to the Del Mar race track on opening day.  If you’ve never been, you’re in for a treat: it’s a see-and-be-seen kind of event, where thoroughbreds meet high fashion and haute couture. It’s also the perfect day to sit back with one of San Diego’s finest craft beers or a glass of wine and watch the crowds and their sartorial choices: big hats and short skirts on the women, linens and pinstripes on the men, and bright colors for everybody. San Diego Beer and Wine Tours enjoys a day at the races! What you wear and where you place your bets is totally…

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July 13, 2012

San Diego Beer and Wine Tours Celebrates Our 2nd Anniversary!

San Diego Beer and Wine Tours is grateful for all its growth in the first two years.  My, how we’ve grown! It’s been exactly two years since Shira Bliss and her partner Paul Anthony first launched La Jolla Wine Tours, and what a ride it’s been since then!  We went from wine and food walking tours, to chauffeured winery and brewery tours of San Diego’s Wine Country, to our environmentally-friendly “green” train tours. San Diego Beer and Wine Tours is proud of their success… That first jaunt, on July 12, 2010, was a three-hour walking tour that began at the Empress Hotel and ended at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Our seven guests tasted the best of La Jolla: seafood, freshly made pasta, and other delectable dishes. Today, you can take your pick of outings, and on our chauffeured tours we’ll pick…

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July 12, 2012