Gaffney’s Wine Bar located in the Encinitas Marketplace in Encinitas, CA, on the corner of El Camino and Encinitas Blvd Gaffney’s was voted #1 City’s Best 2007 winebar by AOL cityguide . Gaffney’s Wine Bar does maintain a convenient and unassuming locale for Encinitans. Gaffney’s Wine Bar is owned and operated by Robert and Donna Gaffney, seasoned wine connoisseurs.
They opened their doors in 1992 and have served more varieties of wines than all of the restaurants in Encinitas combined as their list changes bi-weekly. Gaffney’s is best known for premium small producers’ wines by the glass and half-glass, general wine list changes bi-weekly; different wine flights nightly, the “Eight is Enough!” policy since 1992: $8 corkage fee, and $8 discount for retail sales, and visiting winemakers and special events. You can enjoy a sampler of their featured wines or 1/2 glasses so you can try a variety of your choices.
The interior is inviting and warm and not intimidating in the least. You can visit this place without any knowledge of wines and not feel embarrassed at all. The owners are actually the servers so you get the best and most exact information on each wine. And for the wine aficionado or aficionado to be, they also hold event nights where local producers and from other regions can introduce their newest editions. Some of these nights even sell out.
They serve some of the best aged cheeses as well as salads and plates to complement your tasting adventure. This wine bar is not pretentious and is very low key and has a warm interior with great service. The owners spend a lot of time teaching you about wine and let you sample several selections until you find what you like.