Mel & Rose + Veuve Clicquot

Veuve will always hold a special place in our hearts. It has been there for nearly every holiday, celebration, and many a lazy bubbly Sunday, in our lives. Yes, we have tasted many, dare we say, better (and sometimes less expensive) champagnes over the years, but something about that crisp taste and gorgeous yellow label gets us every time.

That is why this tasting, at our favorite local wine store to boot, is HIGH on our priority list this week:
What: Veuve Clicquot Tasting

Where: Mel & Rose, 8344 Melrose Ave

When: Friday, Sept 21st 7-8:30pm

Cost: $25  (RSVP Required: (323) 655-5557)

If you have not been to Mel & Rose before, this is the perfect excuse to scope it out. Every time step we step inside our eyes grow wide ala kids in a candy store – such a large selection of interesting wines, bubbly, and boozes. Its really rather fantastic (and within walking distance of our homes!)

There are also interesting European and Asian candies, crackers, cookies, and a small deli set up serving delicious sandwiches that you can enjoy while people watching in their front cafe.

And yes, this Friday there will be Veuve. So you really have no excuse NOT to go. That is, unless you move too slowly to snag a spot at the tasting. Space is limited so move like the wind ye gluttunous classy drinkers!

Mel & Rose / 8344 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood / (323) 655-5557 /


Wines of South Africa at Rascal Tonight

Yesterday in my haste to put up a post after a boozy weekend in Catalina, I wrote wrote about an event goin down July 25th and labeled it as June 25th. I even instructed our poor readers to jump on the horn asap and get their reservations for an event I believed was goin down last night. Woops! (Note: the post was later edited, and we still encourage you to call ahead and make ressys for that delicious pasta dinner!)

So I’m sure you’re level of trust with me right now is pretty darned low. But I PROMISE this event is ACTUALLY happening TONIGHT. Not July 26th. But JUNE 26th. To prove it (and save myself from further writing, and thus risk of further error), I included the original flyer right here:


$10 is a FANTASTIC deal for bites and tastes! And, if you head there a bit earlier you can start your evening off with one of their ridiculously inexpensive happy hour burgers ($5) and some happy hour boozy beverages.


You still might not trust me on this one – so you are free to call ahead and confirm. Really, you should probably do that anyway since the flyer requests you ‘reserve a spot’.


Rascal / 801 S. La Brea, Los Angeles / 323.933.3229 /

Wine Tasting @ Sotto with Lou Amdur

If you are one of the many who were saddened to hear the news of Lou on Vine closing, here’s your chance to get up close and personal with Lou himself.

Head to Sotto tomorrow night (June 21) for part of their June Winemaker Tastings, and join Lou along with Sotto’s Jeremy Parzen and Rory Harrington for a night of Sicilian wines.  The tasting starts at 7pm and will run $40/pp.  You’ll get to taste a flight of natural wines from Sicily and get the full scoop on Lou’s recent trip to the island.

Reservations are required and space is limited, so call now and sorry for the one day notice (although we know most of you are procrastinators anyways).


Sotto. 9575 W Pico. (310) 277.0210.

LA Wine Fest 2012

Just the other day I was thinking to myself: where on earth can I go to drink copious amount of wine, in an acceptable social setting, until my teeth turn aubergine and my words turn jumbled?


LA Wine Fest

When: Saturday, June 9th, 2pm – 6pm AND Sunday, June 10th, 12pm – 5pm

Where: Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. / 5300 Melrose Avenue

What: Absurd amounts of booze (over 500 wines, beers, and spirits) + food trucks, live music, and classes to enlighten your mind and liver.
Moolah: $75 a person (or you can scour for giveaways or deals online.)
We LOVE day drinking. We LOVE wine. This is an all around win win for us. Plus its relatively close meaning a cheap cab home.
While we’re sharing stories here (we were, weren’t we?): We once went to an all day booze fest in this area and being the smart, law abiding, citizens that we are – decided to walk home the 4 miles from this event. It was an adventure, for sure. If you live in the area, by all means follow our example and make it a food crawl as you meander down Melrose on your way home. Otherwise, plan for cabs or a DD (they can get in for just $20, which seems like a rip-off for their civic sober duty, so maybe you boozies should pay their way).

Wine Tastings at Campanile

Ever wonder what the process for selecting the wine list at a restaurant is like? Ever wanted to be a part of such an assuredly boozy affair?

If anyone is a historic-Spanish-architecture nerd like me, you are going to die when you go inside this place. The dining room was built around the patio of a 1920s Spanish gem of a building.


Campanile Wine Tastings

When: Every Third Sunday of the Month, 4-6pm (i.e. this weekend)

What: The opportunity to try a selection of wines  that the restaurant is vetting for its wine list.

Cost: $25 per person

The restaurant’s PR for this event mentions 30-40 different wines, which is a whole ton of vino to try in just two hours. And each week’s tasting has a different theme, this week’s being wines of France. Ooooohlalala!

In addition to your vino there will also be some light bites and profiles of each wine so you can get a bit learn-ed while you drink.

AND: After the tasting, the best of these wines will be featured on the wine list the following week for you to return and enjoy with some scrumptious food. And maybe  then you’ll do a little light bragging to your date that you were involved in the selection process of such a wonderful wine list…

Campanile / 625 S. La Brea, Los Angeles / (323) 938-1447 /

DomaineLA+Santos Uy=Love

This Sunday, after you’ve finished your mimosa brunch binge, head to the Off the Clock’ tasting at DomaineLA.  For those uninformed, they do great tastings+pairings every Sunday afternoon, and this week’s installment will feature some wines and bites of Santos Uy’s selection.

Photo via TC @ - Read His Review of Papilles by Clicking the Photo

We give Santos a lot of love on this blog because he is of Trojan heritage. And he also owns some amazing restaurants with fabulous wine lists and fantastic food (BacaroLA, Mignon, and most recently Papilles.)

The tasting is just $15 and you get to try five different wines paired with some bites inspired by the Papilles menu. The event is capped at 25 people, so make sure to buy tickets via DomaineLA’s website stat. Party goes from 2-4:30pm.

Here’s a list of the wines that will be featured:

2010 Batic Pinela
2004 Radikon Ribolla Gialla
2000 Lopez de Heredia Rosado
2009 Monpertuis Counoise
and a surprise red…

For a review on Papilles and what the food+wine is like there, so you can get an idea of how great this event Sunday will be, check out Sinosoul’s post here.


DomaineLA / 6801 Melrose Avenue. Los Angeles / (323) 932-0280 /

Champagne Tasting at Pop

This is one of those “skip to the end of the article and call the number listed STAT so you can actually have a shot at grabbing a seat” type events.

Tonight, from 7-10pm, POP Champagne Bar in Pasadena will be holding a small tasting event featuring Stéphane Coquillete champagnes.

Stephane Coquillette champagnes are grower champagnes – meaning the guy isn’t owned by one of those big wine/bubbly houses and actually is puting his blood, sweat, and tears into these bottles. And these bubblys are GOOD shit, not the crap you can actually afford at the grocery store… I mean, we’re talking, reallllly good champagne. And you’ll get to try five different bottles, along with some light bites, for $30 a pop. 

Champagnes featured:

– Non Vintage “Carte d’Or” 1er Cru Brut (retails around $54) 

– Non Vintage Cuvée Diane Blanc de Blanc Brut (retails around $65)

– 2006 Carte Bleue Brut (retails around $60) 

– Non Vintage “Les Cles” Blanc de Noir Brut (retails around $65)

-Non Vintage Marie Aimer Rosé Brut (retails around $65) 

Note: (BIG NOTE): The event is capping at 15 people, so call NOW and reserve your spot. (626.795.1295)

And, if after 5 tastes of fancy-pants champagne your liver hasn’t had its fill yet, there will be special pricing available for the stuff by the glass and by the bottle as well.

POP Champagne Bar / 33 E. Union St, Pasadena / 626.795.1295 /

20/20 Nights at WineExpo

Recently we were hanging out with TreasureLA, and, over an excess of beer and debauchery, we discussed some of LA’s best booze deals. The point came up that there are some deals in LA that are in fact SO good, that offer SO much for SO little, that not even us finerthings gals have ever been able to FULLY take advantage of them. Case in point: WineExpo 20/20 nights.

Every Monday and Thursday, starting at 5pm, WineExpo opens up 20 bottles for you to sample, and charges you $20. You can try ALL 20. And not just little sips, but actual tastes/glasses of vino. TWENTY.

Image via The Lush Chef


Don’t let the sad strip-mall exterior of this place deter you. Its both a wine shop and wine bar, and who cares if it has a gussy exterior. We’re talking TWENTY WINES FOR TWENTY DOLLARS HERE. Amazing. Really amazing. You couldn’t even buy 20 bottles of wine from TJs for $20. And these wines will definitely be a lot better than two three-buck-chuck.

If you need a bit of food to pair with your wine, WineExpo has a selection of salumi and cheese plates for you to choose from as well as a crostini sampler with veggies. All these items will run you around $11. And if sampler plates are not enough to sate your voracious appetite, there are usually food trucks parked out front Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. Tonight’s will be the Vizzi Truck (Check out the list future scheduled trucks online.)

TreasureLA admitted to us that he’d tried the 20/20 deal once, never making it through all 20 wines and still needing a cab home at night. So it makes us wonder: Has anyone ever successfully made it through all 20 wines on any given night? If so, we’d love to meet them and ogle in the greatness of their liver.

Wine Expo / 2933 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica / 210.828.4428 /


Champagne Tasting @ Tavern

If there’s one thing we really, really love in this world, it’s champagne.  In it’s purest form, mixed with OJ during weekend brunches – we just can’t get enough. If you share our love for ‘pagne, head to Tavern tonight for their “Let the Holidays Sparkle” sparkling wine tasting event.

I could bore you with some more filler on our infatuation with champagne but let’s just get straight to the details:

Where: The Larder @ Tavern, 11648 San Vicente Blvd

When: Tasting begins at 7pm

What: FIVE different sparkling wines, a selection of 6 different cheese, and small bites including grilled cheese with gruyere and caramelized shallots

The tasting will run you $50/person, call in advance to reserve your spot! (310) 806.6464.


Wine Tasting at The Rockefeller

Deals this lovely require very little fluff and lead-in to the story….

Food, friends, and SIX wines for just fifteen dollars? I know I swore I’d take it easy on my gut and liver this week after the weekend’s non-stop gluttony, but mini sized foods count as ‘diet food’… right? And six glasses of wine isn’t THAT many… right?

Okay Rockefeller, you win. Diet be damned, we’ll be there.

The Rockefeller / 418 – 422 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach / 310-372-8467 /