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May 31-June 2
Where else can you get wines from South Coast Winery & Resort, Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards, Keyways Winery, Monte de Oro, Palumbo, Miramonte, Bel Vino, Briar Rose, Europa Village, Lorimar, Maurice Car'rie, Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery, Thornton, Van Roekel and Wiens Family Cellars all in one beautiful park with a lake view? Held at the Lake Skinner Recreation area, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is surrounded by untouched natural vistas, Lake Skinner and the Shipley Multi-Species Reserve. Outside the park borders are the rolling hills of Southern California's Wine Country - a wine country that now boasts more than 30 wineries. There are three options to wine tasting at the Festival: Reserve Tasting with six 2 ounce pours of award winning winemakers' reserve wines in a specialty souvenir glass $25; Standard Wine Tasting, $15, includes six tastes and a souvenir glass; Food and Wine Pairing, Saturday and Sunday includes four courses from local chefs paired with four different award-winning wines. It’s $73 on Saturday, $65 on Sunday and includes Festival admission as well as Festival seating at the concerts. Guests can buy full glasses of wine at "Wine by the Glass." Beverage tickets can be purchased in advance and will help reduce wait time in lines. All Festival tickets, and the food and wine pairing tickets can be found at www.tvbwf.com
Join L'Ermitage Wine Club for a Clos Pepe winemaker dinner on June 7 at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $100 per person before tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 323-850-5558 or write to info@HollywoodandWine.net
The 8th Annual LAWineFest will serve up a relaxed weekend of great wines and more on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, in support of L.A.’s own Food Forward, the non-profit group that works with home and business owners to glean unused fruit to feed the Southland’s hungry. Event attendees explore hundreds of award-winning wines from around the globe, brews and spirits in a fun and accessible environment. Live demonstrations and tasting seminars are scheduled throughout the weekend. Twitter-ific food trucks, live music, and boutiques add to the fun. One-day tickets ($85) or weekend passes ($110) get ticket-holders unrestricted access. Some seminars require an additional nominal fee. For those wanting to take home a taste of LAWineFest, K&L Wines in Hollywood will be on-site to take orders and make wines available for in-store pickup or home delivery. The event will take place from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 at historic Raleigh Studios on Melrose in Hollywood. Visit www.LAWineFest.com for early-bird pricing and to purchase tickets.
Join Los Angeles Wine Tasting for a 1950's Rendezvous & Vintage Fashion Show on June 14 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Meet and mingle at the new bar 'Invention', an homage paid to the inventions of the club members over time that were found in the Club’s archives. With an expertly crafted cocktails list and a decadent menu of gourmet bites, this space will transport you back into the private-club tradition. During this unique soiree, models will be strolling in a mid-century style fashion show. Each admission ticket includes one glass of wine and complimentary appetizers for the 1st hour. Additional glasses and gourmet bites can be purchased at the bar throughout the evening. Your ticket also includes a day pass at the Los Angeles Athletic Club and your chance to win a one-month membership. Tickets cost $20-25. For more information, visit http://lawinetasting.com/mingling-soirees.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/
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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