by JENNIFER FRAKES  |  photos by Zeena Gregg Photography and Jennifer Dery

The inspiration for opening The Twisted Vine Bistro | Wine Bar was simple: serve excellent food, wine and beer in a casual atmosphere without having to leave the neighborhood. “Why should we have to drive downtown to have a hip place to hang out?” says Tammy Moore, proprietor of The Twisted Vine Bistro | Wine Bar.

Located in the Torrey Highlands Village shopping center, The Twisted Vine Bistro | Wine Bar pairs chef-created cuisine with boutique wines and locally crafted beers. Executive chef, Mia Saling, has created a unique and globally inspired farm-to-fork tapas menu that features dishes such as seared yellowtail tostadas and molten brie crisp. “The idea of ‘farm-to-fork’ cuisine is all about Chef Mia’s goal to serve what is harvested in our own backyard,” says Moore.

When it comes to the wines, the selections hail from all over the world. Beverage director, Luciano Leonardo, has created a wine program with hidden gems from around the globe. (Each month, different wines are brought in to taste by the glass.) “We are committed to offering boutique, small production wines that have been selected for their complexity, unique characteristics and delicious taste. Our craft beers are chosen in the same way from local purveyors. We can help our customers chose a bottle of wine or a beer that matches their flavor profile, but is new and exciting,” says Moore. “It is our goal, in union with our innovated food menu, to offer you a unique and exciting experience every time you visit Twisted Vines.”

The Twisted Vine Bistro | Wine Bar offers wine tastings on Saturdays at 4 p.m. (visit for more information about the Di Vine Wine Club). This includes five full glasses of wine paired with special light bites by Chef Mia for only $35 a person. On Sundays, Chef Mia teaches cooking classes and offers a hands on cooking class plus two glasses of wine for $75. Says Moore, “At Twisted Vine, we approach cooking with a smile, a passionate pursuit, and always a glass of wine.”

Moore, Saling and Leonardo are pleased to share their love of great fresh food and unique wine with their customers in an unpretentious setting at affordable prices. “We are people with a passion for food, wine and life,” says Moore.


The Twisted Vine Bistro | Wine Bar is located at 7845 Highland Village Place C101. For more information, call 858-780-2501 or visit