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Tour Guide Rob Shares Wine Notes from the Field

If you take a look at some of our 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor (we have over 600 5-star reviews there), many of them will mention how great our tour guides are… and we agree!

Our guides are passionate about their work, and about the beer, wine and spirits that they share with guests. How passionate? Check out this recent email from Tour Guide Rob, who is sharing some of his “research” with fellow guides.

Rob’s email proves 3 things:

  1.  Wine preference is completely subjective. Never contradict someone if they believe a wine to be good.  If it’s good to them, it’s good!
  2.  There is absolutely no correlation between quality and price, which is one of many myths about wine we love to debunk!
  3. Our Tour Guides have the best job in the world.

Now, from Rob…


Dear fellow guides,

Wine recommendations in San Diego - Tour Guide Rob

Tour Guide Rob

Just wanted to pass along some “recreational” wine notes. My wife and I have been doing some serious experimentation over the last couple of years, and have arrived at a few “over-the-counter” choices under 20 bucks that seem particularly good. If you get a chance, give them a try and let us know if you agree:

Malbec – Layer Cake (tannic but holy cow!)

Pinot Noir – Kenwood (seems head and shoulders above similarly priced competition)

Riesling – Clean Slate (a tad sweet for dry Riesling lovers, but amazing with spicy Asian food)

Cabernet Sauvignon – Chateau Souverin (light years beyond any other Cab we’ve tried for the price)

All these are from 2013. The 2014 Souverin is not quite as good as the previous vintage, but still great.

And an Honorable Mention for the Domini Douro from Portugal that Marti turned us on to. we just recently located it at Costco, but early reviews all include the word, “yummy”.

In addition, the best wine deal we’ve been able to find is at Stater Brothers: buy 6 bottles get 40% off, which means a few of the choices above are less than 10 bucks!

So much wine so little time.

All the best,


What about you? Do you have a favorite under $20 that you’d like to share? We’d love for you to share this with your friends and add your own comments using the share icons below.