President’s Day weekend my boyfriend took me to the San Antonio Winery; it is just past downtown LA in Lincoln Heights. The winery is far away enough where you actually feel like you’re going somewhere but close enough to not dread the ride home. It has so much personality and to add they are currently celebrating 100 years of business. Parking is a bit interesting to the say the least, it’s not bad but a lot of the spots are very tight and I’m not one to squeeze; they do have street parking that is directly next to the winery. I can say the experience definitely begins the moment you pull onto the grounds.
There are a number of things to do at the winery: tours, tastings, shopping, dining and private events. When we entered the venue, there was a number of wines available for purchase as well as available for tasting. We even had the equivalent of a Costco sample but with a wine they may have been trying to promote. You can shop for accessories, quotes, kitchen ware, cards, gifts, everything.
We went for dinner which was SO delicious. Instead of looking up at a menu, they have a display of the food items that you can order. Not a display with fake food. Real food that is plated and covered so you can see exactly what your meal will look like. That honestly helped a lot. They had everything from sandwiches to ravioli, lasagna to filet mignon and some amazing salad options. For dining you are able to choose between a glass of wine, beer, soda or water or you can purchase a bottle of wine. It obviously made sense to have a bottle of wine thinking about the course of the meal. We opted for a bottle of Stella Rosa Platinum which is from their luxury edition which comes from the Piedmont region of northern Italy. It was SO good.
Stella Rosa Platinum
Overall: 5 out of 5
Flavors: Green Apple, Vanilla, Elderflower
*Actual sweetness rating.
It didn’t feel right leaving without buying a bottle but I also didn’t want to spend all day perusing the options so I opted for a bottle of Stella Imperiale Moscato Rose. I’ll do a review about that when I actually open it. The casing is beautiful, the bottle is beautiful and it even came with two recipes that I can’t wait to share with you!
The San Antonio Winery is where the Stella Rosa brand is housed and imported to. While it comes from Italy the San Antonio Winery is the only winery that has the entire collection. You can purchase individual bottles, minis or even buy bulk for private events. It was really such a fun experience and it’s right in our backyard if your’re in the LA area.
San Antonio Winery
Location: Lincoln Heights
Overall Experience: 4 out of 5
Parking: 3 out of 5
Food: 5 out of 5
Wine Selections: 5 out of 5
Tasting Selection: 5 out of 5