North County San Diego Magazine “Best Of” Winners

It’s great to see North County getting some notice for what we who live up here have known for a while…

Best Smoothies ~ Banana Dang!, Oceanside

Best Upscale Happy Hour ~ Masters Kitchen & Cocktail, Oceanside

Best Neighborhood Eatery ~ The Miller’s Table, Oceanside

Best Casual Night Out ~ The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar

Best Organic Farm ~ Cyclops Farms

and more you can see the full list here……

Best Of



Orange Wine and Autostrata @ The Miller’s Table ~ Oceanside

So, I have been on the hunt for “Orange” wine ever since I saw Mario Batali pour some for Action Bronson and Chef Missy Robins on an episode of Moltissimo (I’ll link the video at the bottom of the post).

Trouble was finding it on a wine list in San Diego turned out to be impossible and ordering it was killed by shipping that doubled the bottle cost.

Staci at the Miller’s Table was kind enough, being the awesome person she is, to bring some in for me.


2014 Doqi Qvevri Mtsvane. This is a wine from the republic of Georgia. The grapes are pressed and then the juice, stalks, skin, and pips are aged in clay Qvevri which are clay vessels that are then buried in the ground. The fermentation process with the skins give the wine its deep amber or orange color.Doqi is the winery, Qvevri refers to the fermentation process, and  Mtsvane is the grape.


The wine itself is very dry and fruit forward. It is like a very aggressive Fume Blanc. It probably would benefit from some decanting. I liked it. Something different, it would pair well with strong cheeses and charcuterie.

I had it with The Miller’s table Autostrada sandwich. This is a great sandwich with Italian meats and cheese, so it held up against the wine.

If you want to try a unique wine you’re not going to find many places go check it out at The Miller’s Table, I only had 1/2 a bottle so there is plenty left:)

The Miller’s Table

415 Coast Highway Oceanside

Moltissimo Video

Pop Up Wine Dinner for The New Year ~ Wednesday January 4th, @ The Millers’s Table, Oceanside

The Miller’s Table will be hosting a Pop Up 4 course Wine Dinner January 4th featuring Chef Joy Wesley and Wine Maker Kevin Holt of Beltane Ranch and Winery out of Sonoma County.


The Four Course Northern California menu will feature varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel grown on Beltane Ranch’s estate vineyard.

Beltane Ranch has received multiple awards including ” America’s Best Bed and Breakfast” – Food and Wine Magazine and “Best vineyard Stay In The U.S.” – National Geographic Traveler.

7pm Wednesday January 4th  –  $52 plus tax and tip.

Call The Miller’s Table to reserve – 6 seats left 442.615.7200

The Miller’s Table

Beltane Ranch


The Miller’s Table Wine Dinner 12.14.16 ~ Oceanside


The Miller’s Table will be hosting their first Wine Dinner, this Wednesday December 14th at 7pm.

The dinner will feature 3 courses paired with wines from Oregon and Burgundy.

$45 pp + tax/tip Call to reserve…442.615.7200 Seating is limited.

Staci is an expert in pairing and delivers great Wine Country inspired cuisine. I highly recommend checking it out.

The Miller’s Table

415 South Coast Highway, Oceanside


Sleeping Tiger Coffees ~ Carlsbad

Just as with the restaurant growth of the last few years, Carlsbad and Oceanside have also seen a rise in premium speciality coffee shops recently.

A new player in the game comes to us in the form of Sleeping Tiger Coffees.


Sleeping Tiger Coffees is located at 2906 Carlsbad Blvd. where they share the space with Witch Creek Winery.

If you are trying to place the address or wonder about the name….


Right next to this famous mural on Coast Highway in Carlsbad.


The interior takes on the same pallet as the winery tasting room (Located just to the right of me just out of shot.) The building is big with high ceilings and also has a pretty good-sized outdoor patio.


A coffee head friend of mine tells me always get a Cappuccino or Mocha to gauge a place and their baristas.

Sleeping Tiger delivered on taste, coffee, and roast.

The roaster Fallon said she would describe the roast she strives for as a City Roast to Full City Roast.


Roaster Fallon and the tool of her trade, a Primo Roaster..

Sleeping Tiger Coffees

2906 Carlsbad Blvd

#coffee #northcounty



Taps and Tapas Beer Event @ The Miller’s Table Sunday


To kick off San Diego Beer Week join The Miller’s Table Sunday, November 6th for a special 4-course Tapas and beer flight menu featuring beers from San Diego’s 32 North Brewing Company.

The menu is $25 dollars and pairs tapas dishes like…

Fresh rosemary popcorn with rosemary butter, sweet and spicy nuts, tuna and olive tapenade on cucumber paired with 32 North’s Pilsner


Tortilla Espanola with sweet peppers and lemon aioli paired with their Berliner Weiss.


In addition, The Millers Table will serve its standard menu and beer and wine selection.

for more info contact Staci @ The Miller’s Table 442-615-7200

The Miller’s Table

514 South Coast Highway, Oceanside

#themillerstable #sdbeerweek #32northbrewingcompany

The Miller’s Table ~ Open 6 Days A Week Starting Thursday.

The Miller’s Table will be open 11am till 9pm 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) starting September 29th.  Come on by.


The Millers’s Table ~ 514 South Coast Highway, Oceanside.

Taste from a changing selection of wine and beer at Our Table in Oceanside, CA.  The Miller’s Table offers an array of fine wines and craft beers. We also serve sandwiches, fresh salads and small plates with cheese & charcuterie to pair. Whether you are having some me-time or spending the day with friends or neighbors, you can count on us to provide you with an unforgettable experience.

At The Table we have an ever changing selection of Wine and Beer Flights.  Each Wine is available to enjoy By the Glass or Bottle as well…plus if you fall in love, take a bottle home.  Six hand-picked drafts to choose from…rotating selection, plus bottles, all by taste or glass.  Please see our Facebook Page for this week’s selections….or better yet, come on by!

The Miller’s Table

514 South Coast Highway, Oceanside


Oceanside Wine Society @ The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar ~ Oceanside

This last Monday, September 12th, I attended the monthly event of the Oceanside Wine Society. These events are hosted at The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar on a monthly basis and feature rotating wine makers or personalities.

The event was $20 for a light buffet style accompaniments and 5 tastings.


The Privateer Marketplace and Wine Bar


Charcuterie and Cheese to accompany the wine.


More of the Buffet.


The event attracted about 25 to 30 people.


This month the winemaker was One Hope winery out of Napa Valley. One Hope is about 8 years old and came about when its eight founders, who were in the wine business in Napa, got together to form the company. The CEO’s friend was fighting cancer at the time, so the idea arose to produce wines where a portion of all sales go to different humanitarian causes, ranging from Medical Research to helping Veterans.


The event was hosted by Caitlin Snyder of One Hope Winery.

I could show you pictures of the wines but there could be anything in that glass and you would never know. I’ll just mention 2 of my favorites of the evening. I think it’s better for everyone that way:)

2011 Santa Barbara Reserve Chardonnay ~ Notes of citrus and peach with a light trace of oak. Really nice I would buy this.  Proceeds from this wine benefit Alzheimer’s research.

2012 Edna Valley Reserve Pinot Noir ~ Really drinkable wine, not too many tannins. Berries and spice spring to mind. This would pair well with a salmon dish.

Members of the Oceanside Wine Society get 15% off bottles of wine featured at these events. You can sign up and find out all the benefits at The Privateer Marketplace. The events are open to walk-ins. You can find out about future ones by following the Privateer marketplace Facebook page.


The great team for the event.

Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar

1704 South Coast Highway, Oceanside


Things To Check Out Labor Day Weekend.

Here are a few goings on this coming Labor Day weekend around North County.


The Alley Art Festival in Vista. September 3rd 10am till 10pm in downtown Vista.


More info here ….Alley Art Festival


Two restaurant openings……………

The Miller’s Table in Oceanside will open Thursday – Sunday for wine, beer, and food 5:30 to 9pm.


The Miller’s Table  514 South Coast Highway, Oceanside.

Decoy the new restaurant at lake San Marcos is open and looks fabulous….


Decoy @ The Lake House Hotel & Resort, San Marcos.

and of course…


The Beach~ located West of you.

Have a great holiday weekend all:)

The Miller’s Table, Opening Next Week ~ Oceanside

The Miller’s Table Wine Bar is running a Friend’s and Family soft opening this weekend in preparation for a public soft opening next Thursday, September 1st. 

Millers Table sign

The Miller’s Table ~ 514 South Coast Highway, Oceanside.

The wine bar will be open 11am till 9pm serving wine by flights, glass, and bottle as well as an assortment of craft beer. The menu features an array of bites, sandwiches, and salad centering around locally sourced produce, artisan meats, and cheeses.

Table setting

Preparing for guests.

miller's table menu

Friends and Family sharing menu. This menu was designed as a shared plates menu for the guests to try an assortment of food.


Farmer’s Market and Panzanella Salads for two. Normally these would be plated and served individually.


Shared Sandwich Plate ~ Autostrada sandwich, Roast beef sandwich, white bean crostini, and pickled fennel with orange.

The Line Crew

Tim and Josh holding down the line.

The opening will feature a paired down version of the full menu as tweaks and trials play out.  In the long run, the menu will be fluid and constantly be changing as will the selection of wines.

The Miller’s Table

514 South Coast Highway, Oceanside