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170 Wine & Spirit Purveyors • 70 of San Diego's Top Chefs
Celebrity Chefs • Cooking & Wine Tasting Classes
Big Bottle Auction • Continuous Food and Wine Tastings
Over 800 Wines • $50,000 Chef of The Fest Competition

John Alonge

Founder San Diego Wine & Culinary Center

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The expressive, realist paintings of Contemporary painter Christopher M. remind us that artistic talent fused with good old-fashioned values never goes out of style. Creativity, beauty, integrity and hard work are constant companions to this artist’s paint and canvas.

“The execution of the concept that is the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center represents a wonderful professional challenge for me,” Alonge said.  “With the renaissance of Southern Californian wines, I saw the opportunity to showcase them in a fresh way that balanced the sophistication and appreciation of an art form in the convenience of a winery themed environment complete with the abundance of regional produce that heretofore could only be found at a vineyard.  We’ve achieved that balance.”  

His first hand experience planting, harvesting, elaborating and bottling red and white wines in the Loire Valley in France fueled his lifelong passion for food and wine.  Since then, he has owned and operated successful restaurants around the world and served as Director of Food and Beverage for a major San Francisco-based hotel and restaurant group. His affiliation with numerous San Diego County wineries has allowed him to participate actively in the renaissance of fine wines in southern California.

Alongé is actively involved in the San Diego County Vintners Association, the California Restaurant Association, the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and the San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. He regularly gives animated food and wine presentations to corporate and private groups as well as teaching wine industry classes at San Diego State University.

About the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center

The San Diego Wine and Culinary Center (SDWCC) blends a taste for fine wine with the accessibility of an urban location.  Located in downtown San Diego, SDWCC brings the food and wine bounty of San Diego County into the city and adds a splash of classic wines from around the world. The SDWCC is located at 200 Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101.  For more information on SDWCC programs, events, tastings or tours, visit


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