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Get Tipsy at the Hotel Del Coronado for Just $10

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May 21, 2010 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

We were looking to unwind with a glass of wine while watching the sunset at the Hotel del Coronado, so we headed to Eno, a wine bar that serves cheese and chocolates. There we found a great wine-tasting deal: 10 wines for $10. Why, that's less than the hotel's ridiculous $25 resort fee!

In lieu of happy hour, every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., Eno hosts wine tastings. The outdoor patio was packed with wine sippers at the communal tables when we strolled in around 5:30 p.m. While the indoor section of the wine bar had plenty of free seats, we wanted a view of the water, so we stayed in the patio and hung out in a corner.

Another reason to stay outside was that the sommelier was stationed there, giving out pours and explaining each one to the drinkers. You had to go wait in line to receive each pour, so it was sometimes cumbersome when the line was long.

The tastings that night were mostly split between whites and reds with several rosés thrown in. The lineup started with the whites, transitioned to the rosés and ended with the strong reds. Pours hailed everywhere from California to Italy to Spain.

The wine tasting is a good chance to sample the more than 500 vintages that Eno carries. But if you try the Tuesday special, arrive a little earlier than the 5 p.m. start time so that you can snag a seat at one of the outdoor tables. We weren't lucky enough to sit at the tables, so we didn't order any cheese or chocolate because we simply had no place to put the platters. And the earlier you go, the shorter the wait to get tastes from the sommelier.

[Photo: Jennifer Kester]

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