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Saddle Peak Lodge presents a wine dinner featuring Martian Ranch & Vineyard with seatings from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Executive chef Christopher Kufek’s six-course menu will feature dishes such as pork belly spring rolls; fried soft shell crab with buttermilk biscuit, asparagus salad and bacon vinaigrette; and grilled lamb with piquillo yogurt, braised eggplant, pomegranate sauce and curried cauliflower. The cost is $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.saddlepeaklodge.com or call 818-222-3888. Saddle Peak Lodge, 419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302, 818-222-3888.
The Rhone Rangers ride into Los Angeles on Sunday, June 23, 2013 with over 50 wineries pouring their American-grown Rhone wines. Events include a seminar, lunch with the winemakers and a walk-around tasting reception. This event takes place at Vibiana, an historic site located in the vibrant downtown area of Los Angeles at 214 South Main Street, near the LA Times Building. The General Admission Ticket provides entry to the consumer walk-around tasting from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Food trucks in the courtyard will provide tasty treats for purchase to complement the wine tastings. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund. This event ends at 6 p.m. (last pour at 5:45 p.m.). Ticket prices is $45 including tasting of all wines and imported cheese & chocolate sampling from ANCO Fine Cheese. For tickets, visit http://lawinetasting.com/wine-pairing-events.html
The Drink:Eat:Play Wine Festival, presented by BevMo, will take place at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, June 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees will have access to over 50 wineries, hundreds of wines and the perfect evening setting. General Admission is $50 and VIP is $60. Both admissions include wine, with VIP attendees admitted an hour early and free admission to the pier’s Pacific Park (rides and games). Food will be sold separately. For tickets, visit www.drinkeatplay.com/winefest/
Oliverio at Avalon Hotel Wine Club is celebrating Summer Wines from the Islands of Italy on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Chef Mirko Paderno will be at his Italian best in preparing an array of hors d'oeuvres along with a spread of artisan cheeses & charcuterie to accompany the lineup of summertime wines. $40 per person all inclusive... wines & hors d-oeuvres, tax & gratuity. For reservations, call 323-850-5558 or email info@HollywoodandWine.net.
To commemorate Beachwood BBQ & Brewing’s two-year anniversary, brewer Julian Shrago is pulling out more than 25 Beachwood Brewing beers from the archives. This all-day event will feature rare Beachwood brews on tap, many of which only one keg exists, including Mocha Machine, Mrs. Stoutfire, Barrel Aged Full Malted Jacket, Zwick in a Box, Clear & Present Manger, Beachwood Six, Tovarish '12 and an anniversary double IPA called Dank Matter. Executive chef/owner owner Gabe Gordon will being serving up food specials including macadamia shrimp with blood orange gastrique and duck pastrami sausage sandwich with gruyere and sauerkraut. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, 210 E 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802, 562-436-4020.
Following the success of its “Whiskey Wednesday” series, Next Door Lounge has launched “Cognac Confidential,” a new monthly tasting series highlighting the various Hennessy Cognac marques and its versatility as a revered spirit and delectable base for innovative cocktails. The “Cognac Confidential” experience, comprised of the guided tasting, signature cognac cocktail and delicious bites, costs $60 per person. The July 10 tasting, running from 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in a reserved section of Next Door Lounge, will feature a Hennessy VS cocktail. Next Door Lounge, 1154 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-465-5505.
The annual cancer research benefit, Concern Foundation Block Party, starts at 6 p.m. at Paramount Studios. This year's theme is "A Salute to Television." There will be live and silent auctions, four stages of live musical entertainment, food from more than 50 Los Angeles restaurants, and tastings of wine, beer and specialty drinks. Tickets cost $350 each. For more information and tickets go to www.concernfoundation.org or call the Concern office at 310-360-6100.
Once per month, zinc@shade hosts Wine Academy. Mix and mingle under the stars while you taste wine, try delicious small bites and improve your viticulture knowledge. The casual evening runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Skydeck and is hosted by Villa Creek Wine with appetizers by executive chef Chris Garasic. Hotel Guests have complimentary access. Cost is $25 pre-sale or $35 at the door. Limited availability. zinc@shade, Shade Hotel, Metlox Block, 1221 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-546-4995.
Katana brings happy hour back in a big way with menu and beverage specials featuring crowd favorite appetizers, desserts, cocktails, and more. Katana’s menu includes albacore cannoli ($5) with Maui onions, cucumber, yuzu, and guacamole served in a crispy cannoli shell; Kobe lettuce wrap ($6) with corn and shiitake relish; and tuna carpaccio ($7) with arugula, avocado, parmesan, and truffle soy sauce. Beverage specials include Japanese beers ($5), a selection of sake ($5-$6), wines by the glass ($7), and cocktails such as the Champagne St. Germain ($7) and white peach saketini ($7) will also be available. The happy hour menu is offered nightly in the bar area from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Katana, Piazza del Sol, 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-8585.
Every Sunday from 5 p.m. to close, diners at City Tavern can participate in the Market Basket Bartender program by picking one of three options in three categories (spirits, fruits, and syrups) to create a custom $6 cocktail. Spirits will range in variety, from rum to rye to gin, the ‘fruit’ category will also include a variety of herbs and spices, and the syrups section will include flavored syrups, bitters and liqueurs – all selections based on a mix of what is currently fresh and in season and the current bartender’s whimsy. City Tavern, 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-838-9739.
Beer Belly in Koreatown offers happy hour daily, except Tuesdays, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. All beers on tap are $1 off, canned craft beers are $4-$5 and many dishes are just $5. Beer Belly, 532 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020, 213-387-2337.
Enjoy half-price bottles of wine on Wine Discovery Mondays at Taste. Some wines may be exempt. Taste, 8454 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-852-6888.
Chaya Brasserie offers a Tuesday night special with wine bottles half-priced from 5 p.m.-closing. The special is available in both the bar/lounge and the dining room, and diners may choose from the full wine list. Chaya Brasserie, 8741 Alden Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-859-8833.
Luxe Lounge at the Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard is offering affordable wines at the "Take Flight Off the 405 Happy Hour" Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. To 7 p.m., with wine flights and a menu of light bites created by executive chef Olivier Rousselle. Two to three-ounce pours are offered for $6, with a rotating selection of wines including the New World flight (Pinot Noir from New Zealand, Shiraz from Australia, Malbec from Argentina) and the Old World flight (Syrah from France, Tempranillo from Spain, Sangiovese from Italy). For more information and reservations call the Luxe Lounge at 310-691-7584. Luxe Lounge, Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard, 11461 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-691-7584.
Silverlake Wine offers “Blue Monday” wine tastings to take the edge off the beginning of the week. This establishment from George Cossette and Randy Clement (both of Campanile), and April Langford (of the Park Hyatt Los Angeles in Century City) offers a selection of interesting wines accompanied by cheeses from the nearby Cheese Store of Silver Lake. Price is $12 per person. The tastings run from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. each Monday evening. Silverlake Wine, 2395 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-662-9024.
First & Third Mondays
At Suzanne Goin's Tavern in Brentwood, a wine and cheese tasting is held every first and third Monday of the month. The events, which takes place at the restaurant's casual Larder, run from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and explore wine regions from around the world. The cost is $29 per person. Reservations are required; please call 310-806-6464 for more information. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Tavern, 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-806-6464.
Mondays & Tuesdays
Whist features special Wine Lover's Evenings every Monday and Tuesday: more than 100 bottles of wine are available for the flat rate of $25 per bottle. The selection includes labels like Cakebread, Green Valley and Delle Venzie, some of which are ordinarily listed at up to $100. Whist, Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-260-7511.
Providence restaurant offers "no corkage" every Monday evening. Enjoy chef Michael Cimarusti’s cuisine and bring a bottle of wine from your own cellar at no charge. Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4170.
Left Coast Wine Bar & Gallery offers Tuesday Tastings at 7 p.m. Guests can partake in a flight of four wines for $15 per person. No advance reservations are needed. The evenings also include live jazz music. For more information, please visit www.leftcoastgalleries.com/lc_winebar. Left Coast Wine Bar & Gallery, 117 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205, 818-507-7011.
West L.A.’s Il Moro continues its wine tastings, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring a selection of wines, accompanied by a generous offering of Italian finger foods. Price is $15 per person. Call for more information on featured wines. Il Moro, 11400 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-575-3530.
Whiskey Wednesdays at the Next Door Lounge in Hollywood features guided tastings with four pours of themed whiskies and Scotches, and complimentary custom-paired small bites for $30 per person. The events take place from 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. every Wednesday. Next Door Lounge, 1154 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-465-5505.
As part of Wino Wednesdays, Aburiya Toranoko offers all bottles on their wine list at half price. Aburiya Toranoko, 243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-621-9500.
On the third Wednesday of every month from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Eagle Rock Brewery presents a Women's Beer Forum. The brewery's co-owner Ting Su will present a flight of four to six beers and host a discussion about each. Cost is $10-$20. Eagle Rock Brewery, 3056 Roswell St., Los Angeles, CA 90065, 323-257-7866.
NINETHIRTY restaurant at the W Los Angeles Westwood is hosting Wine Down Wednesdays every third Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each month will have a different theme. Cost is $20 for unlimited tastings. To RSVP simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. NINETHIRTY Restaurant, W Los Angeles Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-443-8211.
Thursdays through Saturdays
Pasadena’s Le Petit Vendôme wine store offers tastings every Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m., every Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and every Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. Each tasting features 10-15 wines. Apart from Thursdays, when each pour is $1, the price of each tasting varies. Call the store for pre-registration. Le Petit Vendôme, 906 Granite Dr., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-396-9234.
Bottles of wine are half price on Sundays at Chaya Downtown. In addition, diners can order a three-course chef's tasting menu for $25 per person. Chaya Downtown, 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-236-9577.
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