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British GQ: 72 Hours in San Diego

Sunday, May 6, 2018 3:00 PM

by Jennifer Bradly

As a city by the sea in one of the US’s most beautiful states, San Diego doesn’t skimp on breathtaking attractions (and they don’t all involve spotting filming locations from Anchorman and Top Gun). Catch seals basking on the rocks at La Jolla Cove or hop on a tour to glimpse the annual migration of blue whales. Sometimes you can spot them from Sunset Cliffs, which is also – as the name suggests – a prime spot for watching the sun go down over the Pacific.

A little further afield are the wineries of Temecula Valley. New to the scene in Californian terms (it was first planted in 1968 compared to Napa Valley’s 1854), the reputation of wines from this region was revolutionised after 40 per cent of the region’s vines were destroyed by flying insects in the early Nineties. The growers seized the opportunity to seriously up their game, bringing in more Mediterranean varietals and improving farming methods. Some newer wineries, including Monte De Oro (, focus on environmentally friendly growing techniques, but the extraordinary panorama of vineyards, ranches and mountains seen from its sun-soaked terrace should be enough to persuade you that this is a must-see on your wine-tasting tour.

Oak Mountain Winery (, amid Temecula’s avocado groves, has the region’s only “wine cave”, tunnelling 320 feet into the rocky hillside to store its barrels at optimal humidity and to provide its visitors with a rustic café-bar in which to sample its huge range of wines. And, yes, they also serve those local avocados fresh from the tree.


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