The holiday season is upon us and everyone has a person or two on their list that is difficult to shop for. Whether you’re just out of ideas or tired of buying someone the same old thing, gift-giving can be stressful. It’s time to stop thinking about what items to give and start thinking about gifting experiences.
Stop buying your favorite people STUFF and give them the gift of experience!
At Boca Roja, spectacular travel experiences are achieved daily in their efforts to showcase the true artisans creating the best wine, craft beer and food in San Diego and Baja's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe!
Be honest with yourself – great gift ideas for the wine lovers in your life have run dry. They already own the latest corkscrew and chances are they have enough wine charms to adorn the stems of every glass in their cabinet. Instead of presenting them with another bottle of their favorite vintage off the grocery store shelves, how about gifting them the chance to try several different varietals with a winery tour in Mexico or an urban winery tour in San Diego!
Several fantastic urban wineries are located in Coastal San Diego which gives guests a break from the traffic-ridden freeways that plague their work week and offer a chance to soak up some sun, enjoy the salty air and try some of San Diego's best wine! These urban wineries have the luxury of hand selecting grapes from the nation's (and world's!) top wine producing region and then making the wine in our own backyard here in San Diego!
Oh, and you can't forget that San Diego is the craft beer capitol of the world! The uber-popular IPA was reinvented in this town and with over 100 microbreweries of every shape and size, you are sure to find something to love! Explore the craft brew scene by enjoying a behind-the-scenes tour of the beer making process, sample delicious tasters of dozens of different beers and grub down on some of San Diego's greatest street food trucks and eateries along the way!
1) Local Craft Beer & Street Food Tour in San Diego
Appx. 6 hours; prices start at $125 per person -- more info here
Let's face it - San Diego is now more famous for craft beer than we are for abusing killer whales (sorry, Shamu) or the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The creative and talented brewers are crafting beers of every style imaginable and plenty of styles that you never knew existed. It is time to be a tourist in your own town and see what all of the hype is about. For the expert beer geek or the weekend Bud Light warrior, you are certain to be surprised by the quality and the innovation that our local brewers are bringing to the table!
Along with samplings of some of the best craft beer in the world guests will enjoy a few stops at San Diego's greatest local eateries that pair perfectly with cold beer!
2) San Diego Urban Winery Tour
Appx. 6 hours; prices start at $160 per person -- more info here
Urban Winery definition: a winery that purchases grapes from wine producing regions from around the country (and the world!) and then produce premium wines in a local, urban setting, outside of the vineyards.
San Diego is a hotbed for epic urban wineries which are using the same fruit that some of the most famous winemakers in the world are using in places like Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Russian River. These innovative winemakers are thinking sustainability and resourcefully on their quest to produce award winning wines (check out Carruth Cellars and Solterra Winery's serious portfolio of awards!)
This fun experience takes guests along the coast to enjoy Champagne Mimosas on the ocean cliffs to start the day followed by premium wine tastings, local cheese pairings and more delicious local San Diego cuisine!
3) San Diego's ONLY Surf and Craft Beer Adventure!
Appx. 6 hours; prices start at $160 per person -- more info here
You heard it right -- you can now book the ONLY Surf and Craft Beer Adventure in all of San Diego for the first time ever! Can you imagine a more perfect way to spend a day then hunting the best waves in the area (after a stop for delicious handcrafted coffee) followed by visits to San Diego's best street food eateries and legendary small-production craft breweries! This experiences show cases the true essence of the local culture in San Diego which is jam packed full with adventurous surfers and dedicated beer enthusiasts!
Beginning with pick-up at your home or hotel your expert guide can show you novice, intermediate or advanced waves depending on the current conditions and your skill level. Surf lessons are even available for a small additional fee! After working up your thirst and appetite you will hit a legendary taqueria for a smokin' hot breakfast burrito followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of San Diego's best craft breweries!
4) Premium Baja Wine Adventure
Appx. 6 hours; prices start at $175 per person -- more info here
Described as “rustic luxury,” the Premium is a step up from the Basic Package. This private Baja wine tour offers behind-the-scenes access at renowned wineries, complete with reserve barrel tastings.
Private transportation to the Guadalupe Valley wine tour from San Diego or within Baja will take you to three small-production boutique wineries where the region’s top winemaker will give you an inside look into the world of winemaking. To satisfy the palate, a gourmet chef’s tasting menu is provided, along with some authentic Mexican street tacos and bread and cheese platters. This amazing day is topped off with an evening stop at the popular cliff-side bar, Cuatro Cuatros, where a Baja sunset is sure to delight.
5) Premium Valle de Guadalupe Wine Club Membership
Inquiries for membership here
Gift some holiday cheer to loved ones by bringing the best of the Valle de Guadalupe wine region right to their front doors. This wine club membership includes quarterly deliveries of some of the most prestigious small-production wines from Baja’s top-rated boutique wineries. Each package can be designed by varietal preference but is assured to derive from wineries producing less than 3000 cases annually. Members also have the opportunity to attend mixers where they can meet the winemakers while enjoying wine and food pairings. Wine shipments can be picked up at these social gatherings if desired.
Boca Roja | Baja Wine Adventures offers several Baja wine tours that feature the best of the Valle de Guadalupe wines. Recently honored as the Best Wine Tour Company in California for 2018 by Travel and Hospitality Awards, Boca Roja specializes in creating unique private tours designed specifically for each guest. A great gift idea for travel bugs and wine lovers alike, there is sure to be a winery tour in Mexico perfect for anyone on your holiday shopping list.
Whether you’re trying to satisfy the wine lovers in your life or someone with a heart for travel, Boca Roja has the perfect Baja adventure to make everyone’s holiday exceptionally special this year.