Wine Bars in Encinitas - Gaffney's Wine Bar Encinitas California

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Gaffney's Wine Bar Encinitas CaliforniaGaffney's Wine Bar Encinitas California is THE wine bar to go to in Encinitas.

Not because they are a new place...oh no, Gaffney's Wine Bar has been around for some time with 9 years at The Lumber Yard in Encinitas over on the coast highway (the 101) in downtown Encinitas (and 7 + years in Sonoma before that)...but in their new digs as of June 29, 2009 at 166B N. El Camino Real (the Encinitas Marketplace), in the heart of the El Camino Real shopping and dining corridor. 

Gaffney's Wine Bar joins the very popular Fountain of Youth Juice (look for an article about them shortly) and the about-to-open Total Woman Gym and Day Spa just 2 doors away, and is sure to continue their many years of success and loyal clients (with many more new ones in their new location in probably the busiest shopping area in Encinitas). 

Gaffney's Wine Bar Encinitas California

I had a wonderful chat with Donna Gaffney, owner (along with husband Robert), and gained some insight in to what makes this place such as success. And it's all about the wine at Gaffney's Wine Bar in Encinitas, and treating customers, whether knowledgeable oenophiles or not, with equal attentiveness and respect. And a genuine pleasure in educating people about the wonderful world of wine.

 Gaffney's Wine Bar Encinitas California

Wines are served by the glass or bottle, but of course you can pop in and purchase a bottle or 2 or 3 to take home. Gaffney's is most particular of the wines they stock and you won't find the big name and popular wines found in every Bev Mo and grocery store in town - thank goodness. 

The focus is on bringing more unusual, hard-to-find yet wonderful wines from smaller wineries. And of course by getting to know these vintners, Donna and Robert Gaffney can help educate folks who want to learn more or who need help selecting the right wine...sometimes a daunting experience if you are clueless. And if you prefer to try some wine before you buy, they offer their half glasses so you can try a few before you select just the right one. And the prices are sure to bring a smile to your face. There is no need for Happy Hour or Half Price Night - prices are terrific all the time. 

Gaffney's Wine Bar Encinitas California

Don't go to Gaffney's Wine Bar in Encinitas expecting a pretentious gathering place with the trendy trappings of eateries that focus more on how they appear than what they deliver. It is, after all, the wine that takes center stage here.  The furnishings are simple, the décor an obvious homage to wine. There is no kitchen, but they offer simple cold appetizers (e.g., cheese plates, pate, bread, olive oil) to complement the wine, NOT detract from it. 

Another very cool offering at Gaffney's Wine Bar Encinitas are the very popular catered dinner events (with a chef from Torrey Pines) when you can meet visiting winemakers - they recently hosted John Falcone, winemaker from Rusack Vineyards, a boutique Santa Barbara winery on July 23.  Their event on August 6 with Chuck Carlson from Curtis Winery is sold out. Join Gaffney's mailing list to stay informed of upcoming events.

I could go on, but the real pleasure can only come from a visit, a chat with Donna or Robert, and a taste or two of some wonderful wines you may just not find elsewhere. Loyal clients love Gaffney's but there is no doubt that list will grow in their new location. 

Gaffney's Wine Bar Encinitas California - a rare find in these days of trendiness, poor service, and high cost restaurants and bars. At their website states..."like a second home but with a much larger wine cellar.

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William Johnson
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Hi Jeff, Your ears must have been ringing today. I was talking about you ( all good of course).

we recently had a new wine tasting room open here and I have been meaning to go in and introduce myself and become acquainted with their service. It is not as large as the Encinitas Wine Bar but has an equally interesting look. A great Business in the community post Jeff.

Aug 03, 2009 04:11 PM #1
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Jeff, what an inviting place to taste and learn about wine! And a great local business post.

Aug 03, 2009 04:40 PM #2
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Thanks, William. No ringing ears, or I didn't notice.  Glad to hear it was good stuff and not the bad. LOL

Maria - thank you for the compliment. It is a neat place and I look foward to getting to know the place and the owners better.

Jeff

Aug 03, 2009 04:52 PM #3
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Jeff this wine bar looks like it has a nice atmosphere for relaxing. Nice job with your review!

Aug 04, 2009 12:08 AM #4
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Allright - this looks like my kind of place. We've got a really cool wine bar not far from my office that I'm going to do a hyper local post on.  Reminds me of this one.  Nice place to go and relax, enjoy some fine wine and friends.

Aug 04, 2009 02:15 AM #5
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Bill - the compliment is appreciated. I suspect this place will become very popular as more folks in teh area get to know them. Existing clients already do.

Anna - well there are several benefits to writing about a place like this for sure. Cheers!

Jeff

Aug 04, 2009 02:34 AM #6
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Jeff..Nice place to just kick back ,relax,and enjoy life..Great presentation! 2 hours you say from Hollywood?

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Did someone say wine?

Did someone say bar?

:)

TLW...ROAR!

Aug 04, 2009 09:04 AM #8
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Hannah - yep, 2 hours. No calls yet. :)

TLW - yep. Wine. Bar. Wine bar. No drinking while blogging. :)

Jeff

Aug 04, 2009 11:09 AM #9
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Jeff, I don't know of any wine bars around here.  The closest that we would have to anything like this would be at one of our local wineries, and it just so happens that I will be blogging about my favorite one tomorrow.

Aug 04, 2009 11:35 AM #10
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George - seems like wine is a popular topic, or is that whine?

Jeff

Aug 04, 2009 12:27 PM #11
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Very nice looking place ! Definitely one that people could be comfortable popping into after a long day !

Aug 04, 2009 02:19 PM #12
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Jeff ....... LOL

Aug 04, 2009 02:42 PM #13
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Now thats my kind of business...it looks like a great place to chill with a big 'ole glass of Merlot

Aug 04, 2009 03:35 PM #14
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Sheldon - no doubt. Comfortable, unpretentious, come-as-you-are.

Mike - agreed. They have some very nice wines in all categories - Merlos, Malbec, Chardonnay and much more. Look forward to trying some new wines.

Jeff

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Want a great personal review about Gaffney's Wine Bar in Encinitas - nice to have a place like this to go to to learn about great wines - not just the local big box...  try a nice malbec for me!!!

Aug 05, 2009 01:22 AM #16
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Lee and Pamela - will do. I recently discovered Malbec and like it quite a lot. Thanks for the compliment.

Jeff

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