Wine Club Newsletter - March 2018
Bread at The Brasserie
Before we opened The WineSellar & Brasserie in 1988, we started looking for a bakery that could make our bread for us. We tasted a lot of bread from a lot of bakeries, but couldn’t find the one we had in mind.
We were keeping in mind flavor, texture, scent, and appearance. We felt it to be an important part of the dining experience, to not fight the flavors of food and wine, but rather, to complement them.
One of the bakeries asked us if they could try and make what we were describing. Of course, we loved that idea and said yes.
We then tried their different samples of bread, on a near daily basis, for weeks and kept narrowing in on the recipe we were looking for.
The bakery finally hit the nail on the head and we made it a proprietary recipe for The WineSellar & Brasserie. We are very proud of our bread and continue to receive many compliments on it. If you look at our restaurant reviews on various site on the net, you can see the quality of the bread is mentioned quite often by the reviewers.
In fact, a good friend of ours and great customer of The WS&B, told me that her sister who is celiac, eats a couple of bites of our bread when she dines with us as she says it’s worth the pain! I don’t think a compliment gets better than that!
From 1988 to this day, it is still doing its job to enhance our food & wine!
After 30 years of serving our bread we've been asked to sell it! So, it’s finally happening, sold only on Fridays to the public! $7.99 a loaf (2lbs) available in The Brasserie, The Casual Side or the Wine Shop!
Judge Gary and The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
Once again this year, I was a judge for The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition, held at The Del Mar Fairgrounds. About two dozen fellow judges evaluated just under 800 wines in a blind format. We have two wines from Naggiar Winery & Vineyards in the Two-Rouge Club and one of them in The Gary Parker Collection, as a direct result. Enjoy them!
Published In The Coast News, February 23rd, 2018
Wine & Dine Pioneer Celebrates 30 Years of Innovation
When you look at the history of Gary Parker and his WineSellar & Brasserie in San Diego, all these past 30 years presenting a wine and dine combination of innovation and customer satisfaction, you must agree that he is San Diego’s wine guru.
Wine is in this man’s blood. There’s no other way to describe how his creativity and perception has steered and shaped the presentation of the wine and dine business in this city since 1988.
His location choice was a bold one, in a light office and industrial space in massive Sorrento Valley north of the city.
“I started out with a wine storage business then moved into wine sales and restaurant service before combining the WineSellar & Brasserie. I would buy great French wines from my storage customers and they added to a fine dining brasserie atmosphere we have upstairs (over the wine shop) that is
still going strong to this day. It caught the attention of the world renowned Wine Spectator magazine that rewarded us with their highest awards for over 20 years, The Wine Spectator Grand Award.”
Parker has always stayed ahead of the market and has introduced such innovations as a wine club, fast casual wine bar, craft beers, try it and buy it wine tastings, private wine labels, and with his wife Lori, private small group trips to far away wine countries for memorable moments with leading wineries around the world.