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Voted Best 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
San Diego Union Tribune People’s Choice
RANKED #1 of Top 25 wineries in San Diego County by YELP
Wednesday 3-8 & Thursdays 3-8 Indoor Seating| Fridays Indoor Seating 3-9
Saturdays 1-9 pm Indoor Sundays 1-6 pm Indoor Seating
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Sometimes life throws you a curveball and you must pivot quickly. But as they say: when one door closes another door opens. For us (Lisa & Darius Miller) opened the doors of Koi Zen Cellars in April 2015 fulfilling our long-time dream of having a winery. This was a huge step, a scary step, but opening the winery was something that burned within us to the point where we knew that we had to do it.
Since neither of us can grow anything, we chose to open an Urban Winery located in a business park. Because we are not tied to the land, we can source the highest quality fruit from across the state. We believe that:
And that is what we do. We only source our fruit from where it grows the best and bring it to the winery for production, which can be a challenge, but you can’t skimp on quality. We continually try to find that balance between the art and science of wine and hope to share our passion with you. We welcome you to our Koi Zen family even if you are just browsing, buying a single bottle, or become a long-standing member.
We hope that you become part of the family and share your lives with us as we try to share ours with you. Wine is all about community and our commitment is to make the world a better place:
“One glass at a time”
Good wine indeed starts in the vineyard, and therefore we only source grapes from the very best vineyards and locations. Then with tender loving care, we bring the fruit as whole clusters to our winery and this is where the magic begins.
Each cluster is hand sorted, rejecting anything that is not perfect and then we carefully nurture the fermentation process. Using only hand tools, we manage the creation of wine from juice to the nectar of the gods.
Our style is big, balanced, expressive, and approachable.
Our methods are minimal, allowing the fruit to express its character and nuances.
We allow our wines to age until they are approachable and drinkable when you receive them. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, we will go above and beyond to right the situation.
We are always trying to improve our craft of wine with careful nurturing, management, blending, bottling, and storage – always trying to create that “perfect bottle” – you know that perfect bottle.
You open the cork and are immediately drawn into the memorable experience – this is our goal. This is our passion and we wish to share it with you.