Los Angeles Wine Tasting 60s Soiree: Party Like It’s 1961!

Models displaying 1960s-style clothing
Models displaying 1960s-style clothing

by Barnaby Hughes


What better way to unwind on a Friday evening after a long work week than with great wines, light bites, fashion, photography and live jazz? All this and more was available at an event organized by Jean-Baptiste Dhalluin, owner and founder of Los Angeles Wine Tasting. This unassuming French ex-pat, who works for French wine importer Return to Terroir, really knows how to throw a party. His 60s Soiree took place recently at the LA Theater Center on Spring Street, just a stone’s throw away from his trendy downtown loft. This former bank building, with its expansive two-story lobby, ceiling skylights and underground bank vault bathrooms, is an ideal venue for such an occasion.
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East LA Meets Napa

Pork carnitas taco
Pork carnitas taco

by Barnaby Hughes


Have you ever paired spicy tacos with a Napa Cabernet? This combination works surprisingly well! At “East LA Meets Napa,” dozens of Latino-owned Napa Valley wineries poured their wines alongside tacos, tamales and enchiladas served by East LA restaurants. Held on July 8, 2011, among the beautiful colonial-style courtyards of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, this food and wine tasting event benefitted AltaMed, a health care network serving Southern California. Live salsa music added to the Latin sabor, giving couples an excuse to dance the night away.

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