There’s nothing to wine about here by the coast—while the clear skies over the Pacific glow a bright azure blue, those in the know can see that everything's coming up red, white and rosé. In a city known more for its waves than its wine, Huntington Beach offers a surprisingly diverse array of experiences for oenophiles and novices alike. From sparkling sips to global tastings, explore five ways to enjoy the perfect pour in Surf City USA.
SeaLegs Wine Bar
An expansive international wine list with offerings by the glass as well as reasonably priced bottles make SeaLegs a local favorite. A floor to ceiling display showcases the wine bar/restaurant’s impressive collection that includes more than 4,000 unique bottles. Sip slowly on a glass of red or white in nautically inspired, Hamptons-style environs with communal seating and intimate side tables. On select nights, the bar hosts special ticketed events such as painting evenings or paired wine dinners. 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach (sealegswinebar.com)
Main Street Wine Co.
The top-ranked Huntington Beach wine experience on Yelp is a charming storefront on the north end of Main Street. With walls lined end-to-end with bottles of boutique finds, Main Street Wine Co. is a wine-lover’s paradise. The retail store and wine bar invites visitors to grab a seat at the long countertop to sip, swirl and swallow a selection of ever-rotating varietals, including international pours offered in limited quantities. On select evenings, live music adds to the elegant ambience as guests expand their palates with tasting flights of specialty blends. 301 Main St., Suite 101, Huntington Beach (mainstreetwinecompany.com)
Petals & Pop
Guests can enjoy rosé all day at this darling combination flower shop and Champagne bar. Tucked inside Pacific City’s Lot 579 food hall, Petals & Pop is the sweetest surprise for those in search of a bit of bubbly. While surrounded by the scintillating scents of fresh florals, sample sparkling wines from around the world, including Moet + Chandon Imperial Rosé from France, Graham Beck rosé from South Africa and Italian. Villa Sandi prosecco D.O.C. Don’t miss the Blanc de Bleu cuvée from Northern California, a delicate pour infused with a subtle hint of blueberries. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite M120, Huntington Beach (petalsandpop.com)
Focus your palate with a selection of wines that will send your taste buds on a global journey. Spana Life, a retail and distribution company has a singular aim to educate and expand its customers; horizons to include Spanish varietals. Wines from Rioja, Ribera Del Duero, La Mancha, Jumilla, Galicia, The Basque country and other regions of Spain can be paired with traditional tapas, cheeses and olive oils from abroad. Purchase a tasting with wine and tapas online and email the owners to set a date for your visit to the intimate tasting room in the company’s headquarters. 15389 Chemical Lane Huntington Beach (spanalife.com)
With a wine glass firmly grasped in one hand, pick up a paintbrush with the other for a creative night out. The 21-and-over paint studio at Bella Terra allows guests to recreate works by artistic masters with the help of instructors while enjoying surprises like music or cheese pairings from the nearby Cheese Addiction. 7811 Edinger Ave., Suite 110, Huntington beach (pinotspalette.com)