Proprietor and Chef of WetStone
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Years in the industry: 35
How did you get involved with wine?
Through travel and WetStone
Began with first wine valley trip to Napa back in 2002
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Museum Art Director
Best meal you’ve ever had?
So many to mention but one…the foie at Borda Berri in San Sebastián
What is the last book you read?
Christian has created a true gem at Wet Stone. The warmth and authenticity of this special wine bar can only be developed with time, love, and passion. It is the kind of place that defines the culture and heart of a neighborhood. – Shelbi Herring, owner of Copa Fina Wine Imports
How did WetStone come to be and how has it evolved?
After cooking in the private sector for many years and discovering wine in the early 2000’s, I took the advice of feedback and growing passion for wine and came back to my hometown to express something of difference. It’s now going on 14 yrs.
Your Food Inspiration
Galicia, Spain. Miraflores, Peru…and Mercado San Miguel, Madrid, Spain.
If you could change one thing in the wine industry, what would it be?
That more wine lists would be diverse, fun and progressive.
How do you measure your success?
Happiness. Balance in life. Healthy and smiling.
The soundtrack of your life would include what three songs?
How has COVID impacted your business?
Modify, flexibility and bending like bamboo.
How do you feel about the wine tariff situation?
Not in agreement. Totally different industries that have nothing to do with one another. Should have been negotiated differently, but under #45’s watch, explains it all. Looking forward to #46
Do you believe in climate change? Has it directly impacted your life or your wine list?
Yes I do. Growing up in Southern California it is so evident. Seasons are limited.
There are few people in the industry who match Christian’s effort, to taste so discerningly, to offer high quality to price ratio wines for his customers. Above that, he is a man of character and integrity; a seasoned professional in fine food and wine. He gives back to the community and has a genuine concern for the less fortunate. – Danny Morando, co-owner of Poured With Love
Wet Stone Wine Bar is offering exterior seating and call-in/pickup Tuesday through Friday 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm, and Sunday 4 pm – 9 pm. Feel free to BYOB! Bring Your Own Blanket! For reservations call (619) 255-2856 or visit their website wetstonewinebar.com. 1927 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101