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Wed, May 17


Drift Café

Mission Beach: House of Smith 5-Course Wine Dinner w/Todd Smith + Chef Erin Sealy Wed. 5/17

Don't miss our next wine dinner series, including one evening at our Mission/Pacific Beach location. We'll showcase 5 award-winning wines from Washington State. Each selection will be paired with its own dinner course.

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Mission Beach: House of Smith 5-Course Wine Dinner w/Todd Smith + Chef Erin Sealy Wed. 5/17
Mission Beach: House of Smith 5-Course Wine Dinner w/Todd Smith + Chef Erin Sealy Wed. 5/17

Time & Location

May 17, 2023, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Drift Café, 4652 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA


About the event

Don't miss an exciting evening featuring fantastic Washington State wines!

We are very excited to announce our next dinner series! We'll feature two evenings in a row, including an evening at our Mission/Pacific Beach location, Drift Cafe! For our May series, we're very excited to announce a fantastic line up of 5 award-winning wines from Washington State's House of Smith. The House of Smith Team (Charles Smith and Brennon Leighton) are one of the most award-winning winemaking teams in the country. Head Winemaker, Charles Smith is the only person to have received “Winemaker of the Year” distinctions by both Wine Enthusiast (2014) and Food & Wine (2009).To date, they have received 250 scores of 95 points and above, and more than 1300 scores of 90 points and above, from the leading wine publications. House of Smith is the largest independent and winemaker-owned winery in Washington State with wines sold in all 50 states and 23 countries worldwide. Todd Smith, Director of Sales - Southwest, will be joining us for the evening to share these exceptional wines and discuss this unique viticultural area. To showcase these wines, Chef Erin has created an elevated, seasonal pairing menu. You won't want to miss this memorable evening of wine, food and conversation!

Each selection will be paired with its own wine inspired dinner course, prepared by Chef Erin Sealy. Chef Erin specializes in pairing food with wine, with a slightly different approach than most. Prior to creating a menu, each wine is tasted and reviewed and then she creates a food pairing, highlighting the nuances of each wine. This concept creates a dinner and pairing experience with layers of complexity and unique creations which exemplify the enjoyment of each wine. With a passion for food and wine, Chef Erin delights attendees with a detailed account of the pairing concept and cooking techniques that create each course. Expect a fabulous evening of wine, food and educational insights! Seating is limited. Please see below for additional dinner details and a registration link.

Wine + Dinner Menu:

2018 Sixto "Uncovered" Old Vine Chardonnay

Butter Croissant Crostini Topped with Warm Triple Cream Brie + Nutmeg, Broiled Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Plank Smoked Salmon, Fresh Basil and Roasted Chestnut + Fresh Herb Pesto Drizzle

2020 CasaSmith “Cervo” Northridge Vineyard Barbera

Zucchini + Gruyere Tart topped with Pork Rillette in Sofrito with Arugula, Pickled Red Onion and Crumbled Goat Cheese

2018 Substance "Elemental" Columbia Valley Cabernet

Caramelized Eggplant + Duck Fat Sauteed Wild Mushroom on Pappardelle Dressed in Brown Butter Fennel Cream with Fresh Scallion and Shaved Parmesan

2017 B. Leighton Yakima Valley Petit Verdot

Chef Erin’s Shi Shi Taco with Slow Roasted + Broiled Pork Belly with Violet Reduction Glaze, Baby Arugula, Blackened Portobello, Gorgonzola Cream, Pomegranate and Charred Walnut in Flour + Corn Tortilla

2020 K Motor City Kitty Yakima Valley Syrah

Spice Rubbed Slow Roasted + Braised Chopped Beef Brisket in Au Jus with Chevre Soft Polenta Topped with Allspice Smoked Tomato Jam and Garlic Sauteed Bok Choy

Complimentary Dessert

5-Course Wine Dinner $90/person (Excludes Tax & 18% Gratuity)

The Upper Crust $80/person (Excludes Tax & 18% Gratuity)

Upon successful registration, your provided credit card will be charged and you will receive an auto-confirmation email immediately. Please be sure to purchase a seat for every person attending. RSVPs are required for all events. Please use the link below to register. For any questions, please contact Erin at or 619.823.3541

For other events and Pop-Up Dinners with Chef Erin, please visit our website & calendar:


Though we cannot guarantee special requests for menu changes, please contact us (email/phone above) if you have any food allergies or special considerations and we'll do our best to accommodate! Please understand that this is pop-up experience, it is not a restaurant. A temporary kitchen is built to accommodate the dinner and resources are very limited. Minor changes can usually be accommodated. Diary Free and Vegan requests cannot be met, though reduced dairy and vegetarian typically can be met. Menu changes should be requested at least 48 hours prior to an event. Please DO NOT buy tickets with the assumption that any special request will be met, please check with us first. Please note that if you purchase tickets before inquiring about your modification, and it cannot be accommodated, the below cancellation policy still applies.

There is a 48-hour full-refund policy. We apologize that cancellations within 48 hours of the event cannot be refunded.

Lastly, please note that your total cost for the dinner includes two processing fees that are collected by third parties and do not transfer to Wine Pairs Events. Instead of passing on these additional fees to customers, we have decided to absorb them. This however means that when a customer cancels a reservation, at any point, 6% of the ticket total is non-refundable, as these processors do not issue refunds for any reason.

About This Venue:

Drift Cafe is located in Mission Beach, on Mission Beach Blvd. Seating is indoors and is comprised of 2-8 top seating. Group seating of up to 10 people is easily accommodated, with advanced notice. All seats are standard table height. All chairs have backs and are comfortable. Parking can be a challenge in this area. Street parking is available, though difficult to find. There are 4 pay to park lots within 4 blocks of Drift Cafe: 4475 Mission Blvd, 4747 Mission Blvd, 4445 Mission Blvd and 875 Garnet Avenue. Ride share services or taxis are always recommended. Please be sure to note any special requests or seating requirements during your registration. If you did not do so, please be sure to email us BEFORE the event, regarding your requests. If you arrive early, there will be a by the glass wine list available to purchase from.


  • 5-Course Wine Dinner $90/pp++

    Base price does not include 7.75% Sales Tax and 18% Gratuity. Ticket price at checkout includes both.

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  • Add On: Bottle of Sparkling

    Arrive early and enjoy a 750ml bottle of chilled sparkling wine before the dinner starts. Please contact us regarding the current offering. Champagne/Sparkling is only available by the bottle (750ml) and MUST be ordered no later than 12pm the day of the event. Your bottle will be chilled prior to the dinner and will come with dedicated glasses (1 per seat in your reservation).

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