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Skip and Maureen Coomber at the newest urban winery and tasting room in booming downtown Oceanside. Photo by Frank Mangio
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Taste Of Wine: Family of wines at a place like home

Skip and Maureen Coomber have brought their love of wines to downtown Oceanside. If ever there was a craft winery and tasting room that merits a “wow,” Coomber Craft Wines Oceanside in the “Mid Mission” District is the one! Open less than six months ago with the look and feel of a “Cheers” bar with a lot of an “Austin Texas City Limits” atmosphere, this home away from home is a fascinating place to hang out and have a great time with friends.

I first met Skip and Maureen just after they started making premium wines like Cabernet Sauvignon at their wine-making facility in Santa Barbara in 2008.

It was when they started branding a fun, family wine called “Skater Girl,” named after their pet English Bulldog who had just learned how to ride a skateboard, and one of their premium wines had just earned a 95 rating in the national wine publication, Wine Enthusiast.

Some 20-plus Coomber wines are available in glass, wine flight or bottle. A preservation system ensures each glass is as fresh as it can be.
Will Burtner is the president of the operation, a professional with over 20 years of presenting wine in an entertaining, family atmosphere. He couldn’t say enough about the city of Oceanside’s support and help in the opening of Coomber Craft Wines.
“When the city was presented our plans and noted who our contractors were, they fast-tracked it and saved us a minimum gtwo months opening time. They loved the custom work with a sustainably sensitive touch, plus the warm ambience reflecting the Coombers’ charismatic, welcoming character.”
I especially loved what I felt was the “inside-outside” feeling of the place.

A roll up window next to the entrance allows customers to greet the street and spread the fun around. This community feeling extends to a large outdoor area for wine tasting and live music on stage Thursday through Sunday 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a state-of-the-art sound system, including a Grand Player Piano. Some 20-plus Coomber wines are available in glass, wine flight or bottle. Food can be delivered in from select restaurants with no service charge.

Be sure to ask about the Coomber Collection Wine Clubs, the smart way to join the “Coomber Community.” Hours are Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Learn more at (760) 231-8022 or visit

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Wine Bytes
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