Barnoa Wine Company
by Amy Fox
In a tucked away corner of San Clemente’s Talega Village Center, an unexpected gem awaits. With a Cheers-like atmosphere that makes locals and even first-timers feel at home, Barnoa Wine Company serves up a quiet spot for relaxing with friends, enjoying delicious small bites and sipping beautiful glasses of wine.
New owner Mike Trebing has expanded Barnoa’s offerings with the addition of a full-time chef, increased menu options, and a well-curated wine shop featuring wines from all over the world with a California-focused selection.
I recently discovered my new favorite wine at Barnoa when I was offered a glass of Obsession. As its name implies, just one sip and you’re hooked on its sweet and refreshing notes. Obsession is one of the newest white wines to make Barnoa’s line-up of 12 whites and 15 reds.
Barnoa’s bites are unique and tasty, bar none. The Nutty Goat offered a mild blend of goat and cream cheese that is sweet (due to its chipotle brown sugar drizzle) and nutty. I dare you to stop at a single bite! The satisfying Pulled Pork Sliders delivered just the right kick and the Deviled Eggs, topped with crumbles of crispy bacon, jalapeños and chives, made a perfect low-carb, protein snack.
To-die-for desserts include Black Russian Chocolate Cake and Vinnie’s famous Lemon Goat Cheese and Blueberry Compote. The off-menu chocolate lava cake was a delicious and decadent way to cap off my experience. The rich, warm brownie covered in whipped cream and berries was irresistible.
Barnoa Wine Company offers a daily Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday wine flights, Wednesday Wine-Down (a local favorite for Girls Night Out), and Thursday Wine Tastings (with occasional beer tastings, too). Live music takes place on Friday and Saturday nights.
Check out Barnoa’s Sip & Shop event on December 6, from 4 to 9 p.m., for a fun way to tackle that holiday gift list while having a glass, or two! If you’re looking for a place to party on New Year’s Eve, celebrate at Barnoa with Irish band, Key of Whiskey. Make your reservations today!