When it comes to living in SoCal, one thing’s for certain; wine is an important part of the community. We live right next door to wine country, so there’s no surprise in the fact that vineyards, wineries, wine bars and delicious restaurants with extensive wine lists are located all around Skyloft. But hey, we aren’t complaining! Given that wine is so prominent here in Orange County, we figured we would highlight three neighborhood wine bars that remind you why living in a wine-centric part of the region is such a treasure.
Any true wine connoisseur knows (and really any wine lover, for that matter) that crafting a quality wine is a science. And that is exactly what the Wine Lab specializes in! With a passion for wine and a dedication to “finding and sharing unique wines from around the world” this tranquil winery nestled in SoCal has over 70 wines by the glass on any given day. Along with 70 wines by the glass, fellow winos, any of their over 400 bottles of wine in inventory can be opened at the bar for you to enjoy. 400 bottles! Stop by and enjoy a wine tasting flight, pick your favorite from their massive selection of wines, and pop that cork at your new favorite wine bar. Oh, and did we mention your wine tastes come served in a test tube? Very fitting for this Wine Lab.
An unforgettable wine and dine experience is located just up the street from your Skyloft apartment at The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar. This vibrant, sophisticated restaurant offers California foodies a special treat of exquisite cuisine and a large variety of wine to pair with it. Earning the title of “Restaurant of the Year” more than once, this local favorite host a range of food options, from seared ahi tuna spoons to flatbread pizzas, where after just one visit you’ll find yourself craving more than just their wine by the glass or tasting flights, but their tasty food as well. Speaking of which, the wine bar at The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar consists of local varietals from the Napa Valley, as well as global glasses from Italy and beyond. Take your tastebuds for an all-inclusive tour with a visit to The Winery.
You can’t beat a neighborhood wine bar and bistro whose slogan is “Eat, Drink, Social.” Those are Californian’s three favorite pastimes! And that is just one reason Bacchus Bar and Bistro is one of our favorite wine bars here in the Irvine area. Their menus offer a variety of cheese and charcuterie, salads, soups, and stunning dinner entrees like filet mignon and chicken picata, and of course, wine! Our mouth is watering just thinking about sipping on a glass of hand-selected chardonnay paired with the perfect aged cheese or lunch special at Bacchus Bar and Bistro. You are sure to have the same cravings after one trip to this neighborhood bistro and wine bar!
The next time you’re in the mood to taste the best varietals in wine country while enjoying an extravagant meal, or even just a small bite to eat, keep these Irvine wine bars in mind! With plenty of wine bars and wine-focused restaurants in Irvine, we may have missed your favorite, so be sure to share your favorite Irvine wine bars with us on Facebook or Instagram, and keep following the Skyloft blog here for other local spotlights.