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Thu, Jan 18


Drift Café

Pacific Beach: L'Ecole 5-Course Wine Dinner w/Ryan Pennington + Chef Erin Sealy: Thurs. 1/18

Don't miss our next wine dinner series, including one evening at our Mission/Pacific Beach location. We'll showcase 5 exceptional wines from Walla Walla winery, L'Ecole. Each selection will be paired with its own dinner course.

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Pacific Beach: L'Ecole 5-Course Wine Dinner w/Ryan Pennington + Chef Erin Sealy: Thurs. 1/18
Pacific Beach: L'Ecole 5-Course Wine Dinner w/Ryan Pennington + Chef Erin Sealy: Thurs. 1/18

Time & Location

Jan 18, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST

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


About the event

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

We are very excited to announce our next dinner at our Pacific Beach location, Drift Cafe! For our January offering we're thrilled to share a fantastic line up of 5 small production wines from Walla Walla gem, L'Ecole  N° 41. COO, Ryan Pennington will be joining us for three evenings in a row, including an evening at our Pacific Beach location. L’Ecole N° 41 is a third-generation family-owned, artisan winery located in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on the label.  Founded in 1983, they  were the third winery established in the Walla Walla Valley. This very special dinner will feature a great selection of wines, each showcasing the versatile growing region of Washington State's Walla Walla Valley. This will be a great chance to sample some of the vast array of varietals grown in this unique viticultural area and hear the first-hand account of this historic winery. 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! For details on the other two dinners as part of this series, please visit our events page: HERE

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:

2021 L'Ecole N° 41 Columbia Valley Semillon

House Crostini Topped with Mascarpone + Blackened Mushroom Puree, Shallot Confit and Arugula

2020 L'Ecole N° 41 Columbia Valley Merlot

French Onion Soup in Beef Shank Consommé with Caramelized Red Onion and Fresh Thyme Topped with Gruyere Gratin Crostini and Fresh Herbs

2020 L'Ecole N° 41 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Pulled Duck Confit on Herbed-Buttermilk Savory Waffle with Sauteed Squash, Cumin Spiked Crema, Pickled Blackberry and Micro Greens

2020 L'Ecole N° 41 Columbia Valley Syrah

Chef Erin’s Shi Shi Taco with Slow Roasted + Broiled Spiced Pork Belly, Caramelized Eggplant, Gorgonzola Cream Sauce, Crispy Onion and Baby Arugula in Green Chile Flour + Corn Tortilla

2021 L'Ecole N° 41 "Frenchtown" Columbia Valley Red Blend

Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank Osso Bucco in Portobello + Caramelized Eggplant Ragu with Romano-Shallot Soft Polenta, Shaved Parm-Romano and Minced Parsley

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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  • Add On: Dessert Wine (3oz)

    Conclude your evening with a dessert wine! We're currently offering Hawk and Horse Late Harvest Cabernet Franc (93pts Enthusiast). Dessert wine is only available by the glass (3oz) and MUST be ordered no later than 2pm the day of the event. Your glass(es) will be served at the end of the dinner with dessert. Please allow yourself some extra time to enjoy your additional wine.

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