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Carruth Cellars – Winery on Cedros

by Nannette Eaton on January 24, 2011

Carruth Cellars wants you to be a thief.  A Wine Thief.  It’s the moniker for members of the Carruth Cellars wine club as well as the name of the tool used to siphon off wine from a barrel.  After tasting the wines at Carruth Cellars, you might just take up a life of crime.  Wine Harlots think Wine Crime sounds like a fun time.

The winery is pocketed in Solana Beach, on the coast in San Diego’s North County.  But the grapes are all North Coast.  At Carruth Cellars, there is a wine for every palate.  The fifteen wines range from elegant sauvignon blancs and chardonnay (which range from the retail price of $20-35 USD) to pinot noir, tempranillo, syrah, malbac, barbara, petit sirah, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon (which range from $30-45) the cabernet sauvignon port tops out at $50.  They have wines by the glass for $10, but if you haven’t experienced Carruth Cellars, we suggest you start with the tasting sampler.  For $10  you taste six to eight different wines and get to pilfer the wine glass when you leave.

Wine Harlots sampled about eight of the current selections, and they were all worth committing several felonies to procure.  The whites were restrained and elegant, the reds well-structured and well-integrated.

If you think Wine Crime sounds divine, become a Wine Thief.  When you are a member of the Carruth Cellars wine club you get wine delivered six to seven times a year, you get 20% off all retail prices of the wine, retail items and events.  A free wine tasting you and a guest.  Plus, the basic VIP stuff: invitations and admission discount to special events, and private winery tours.

The winery is nestled behind Coles Fine Flooring, just sneak up the driveway, it’s next to Project X:Art.  The hours are Wednesday – Saturday, noon to 9:00 p.m., (Wine Harlots suggest you whip by Carruth Cellars for a glass wine before you take in a concert at the Belly Up).  On Sunday the hours are noon to 6:00 p.m. (purloin a few bottles after you’ve shopped at the Solana Beach Farmers Market.  It’s what the Wine Harlots do.)

Steal away this weekend and join the hijinks’s in Solana Beach.  This Friday, January 28th & Saturday, January 29th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and Sunday, January 30th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm there will be a barrel tasting with winemaker Adam Carruth.  The price is $25 USD per person per day (Wine Thieves pay $20) with cheese, bread and fruit provided by Lockwood Table Café.

Be a Wine Thief.  Case the place, then buy a case.  If you get caught during the heist, plead the 21st.