Barnsdall Friday Wine Tastings are BACK!

One of my favorite summer activities, mostly because it involves sunshine and wine, is BACK! Get your tickets and head over to the Barnsdall Art Park this Friday for a post-work wind-down – or should we say wine-down?

Starting this Friday, and for the next few Fridays this summer, Silverlake Wine will be hosting their wine tastings at the park, from 5:30-8:30pm.  Tickets should be purchased in advance via Barnsdall’s websiteand will run you $25pp.  Your ticket gets you entry to the event and 4 generous tastes of wine.  You’ll also get a pretty awesome Barnsdall stemless wine glass to add to your collection.   I have a few from last summer and need to head back to complete my set!

There are always a few food trucks on hand to help you soak up some of that wine before driving home.  Or, if you feel like whipping out your picnic basket, you are welcome to bring your own grub and grab a seat on the lawn (no outside booze allowed in, they’re trying to keep it classy here, ok?).

Online ticket sales close an hour before the event, but why procrastinate, just go ahead and buy now.

Barnsdall Art Park. 4800 Hollywood Blvd.


Pinot Days Grand Festival Tasting

It seems like ever since that movie Sideways came out, Pinot Noir has been having its moment.  Yes, that movie did come out years ago (2004, to be exact), but let’s just call it a very looooong moment.  If you, like Miles, are a fan of Pinot, have we got the event for you.

This Saturday, head to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica for an entire afternoon filled with Pinot for the 3rd Annual Pinot Days Grand Festival Tasting. The tasting is open to the public from 1:00-5:00pm and tickets are $60 a pop.  You  may think that’s a little steep for a wine tasting, but it’s FOUR hours of wine, plus you’ll have access to taste over 300 Pinots from over 80 different Pinot Noir producers.  We dare you to even make it through 100 of those wines.

There are a few other events around town to celebrate Pinot Days including a mini-tasting featuring the Pinot Noirs of the Santa Rita Valley held at Hotel Angeleno tonight ($35pp), and a Grilled Cheese/Pinot pairing at The Wine House ($35pp), also tonight.

Our tips for Saturday: (1) don’t be lazy and buy your tickets now, (2) don’t wear white.

For more event info and to purchase tickets to any of the Pinot Days events, click here.

A (Technically) Free Wine Tasting @ Monsieur Marcel

A couple months ago, K and I had the pleasure of attending a dinner event at Monsieur Marcel, and honestly, we haven’t stopped talking about it ever since.  It was all so perfect, from the tomato soup to the macarons – amazing food, great wine, and exceptional service.  Monsieur Marcel is definitely one of the best things that the Farmer’s Market has to offer and if you haven’t stopped in yet, shame on you.

Tomorrow night, September 20th, at 6pm, Monsieur Marcel is holding an ‘End of the Summer’ wine tasting, and although we really don’t want to admit that it is the end of summer, for good wine and free gourmet food stuffs, we’ll oblige.  The tasting runs $30 per person, AND if you attend the tasting you’ll also score a $30 gift certificate to spend in their ridiculously amazing store, where we guarantee that you’ll pretty much want to buy one of everything that they stock.  $30 in, $30 to spend, yup, this is a win-win situation, trust us.

For the tasting, you’ll get to sniff and swirl your way through 6 Latin American wines, which will be paired with various cheeses from the store.  Wines on the roster include:

  • Maula, Malbec, 2010, Argentina
  • Vina Las Vertientes, Bonarda 2008, Argentina
  • Don Rodolfo Tannat, 2007, Argentina
  • El Portillo, Rosé Malbec, 2008, Argentina
  • Cucao, Chardonnay, 2010, Chile
  • Solsticio, Torrontes, 2008, Argentina


You must call in to make reservations and seating is limited, so get on it! This is one event you don’t want to miss.


Monsieur Marcel. 6333 W. 3rd Street. 323.939.7792.

White Trash Wine Tasting 2011!

We know most of you will be all caught up in The Taste this weekend, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that this weekend is Colorado Wine Co.’s annual White Trash Wine Tasting – an event that is much more suited to our budget (and lifestyle) than any of The Taste happenings.

White Trash Wine Tasting is Colorado Wine Co.’s most popular event and it’s basically just what it sounds like.  A bunch of trashy food (though somehow morphed into culinary delights) paired with the water of life, wine.  The event this year will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 6:30-8:30pm.   The tasting does book up quickly every year, so it would be best if you had made your reservations a few days ago, but since the Delorean is in the shop, just make sure to make them NOW, ok?

Corn nuts & wine, the perfect snack.

The tasting is a very reasonable $20 per person, and features 4 trashy courses paired with wine.  The menu was just finalized and here’s the lineup:

  • Corn Nuts paired with Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace
  • Tuna/Pecan/CreamCheese/Pimento Balls paired with Vina Clavidor Verdejo
  • Bacon Baked Beans paired with Dubaisson Scaldis Amber Beer
  • Katie’s Grandma’s Poke and Pour Cake with Aszu Tokai

It’s definitely not going to be like any other wine tasting you’ve been to before, so don’t expect some shmancy cheese plates and intellectual conversation.  Read up on your Nascar stats, listen to some Toby Keith, and as we said last year, although costumes aren’t required, we suggest dressing in your White Trashiest apparel to enhance the experience.

Colorado Wine Co. 2114 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock. RSVP to info@cowineco.com 

Beer Tasting @ L’Epicerie

We know that you are probably huge procrastinators like us (and the majority of our friends), so we know you won’t mind that we’re giving you under 12 hours notice to head to this event tonight.  8 hours notice, to be exact. If you haven’t already made plans for the night and are looking for place to whet your whistle, check out tonight’s beer tasting at the L’Epicerie Market in Culver City.

The tasting will be held from 6:30-8:30p, and reservations are required.  For $35 a person, taste 4 German beers paired with 4 delicious plates.  If you work/live in the area and are able to get there earlier, you can also take advantage of L’Epicerie’s amazing happy hour, which runs from 4:00-7:00p and features $3 (so cheap!) food, wine, and beer.  A $3 glass of bubbly?? Love it.

And, if you just so happen to be the type that does like to plan your boozy schedule in advance, don’t worry if you can’t make tonight’s tasting event, L’Epicerie will be hosting a wine tasting next Tuesday (July 26) as well.  The wine tasting event will feature wines from Spain paired with some tasty tapas.  This tasting will run you $45 a person and reservations are also required.

Call for your ressies now! (310) 815.1600.


L’Epicerie Market. 9900 Culver Blvd.

Friday Night Wine Tastings @ Barnsdall

We’re betting last weekend got a little aggressive for you – a game of flip cup that got a little out of hand, one too many beers on the beach. So this weekend, why not take it down a notch?  Head to hipsterville, lay out a nice picnic and enjoy some pours from Silverlake Wine.  Sounds perfect, right?  

The perfect end to the work week and the perfect start to the weekend!

Friday night wine tastings at Barnsdall are back this summer and we couldn’t think of a better way to start off the weekend.  Every Friday, the Barnsdall Art Park (home of  FLW’s Hollyhock House) hosts wine tastings from 5:30-8:00p.  Tickets are $25/person and that includes generous pours of at least 4 wines from Silverlake Wine plus a Barnsdall wine glass that you get to take home. If you go every week, you can rack up  a whole set – challenge accepted. 

Tickets are sold online here up to one hour before the tastings start or until they sell out.  Tickets sell out every week so if you are planning on going, we would suggest rallying your crew and purchasing your tickets now for tomorrow’s tasting.  If you are too lazy or exhausted from the work week to pack a picnic, don’t worry – you can get your grub on at some food trucks, there are usually a few parked at the park during the tastings.

Barnsdall Art Park. 4800 Hollywood Blvd.

DomaineLA + Salt’s Cure

We’ve written up the Sunday tastings at Domaine before, and are excited for the one this weekend because it involves one of our favorite new spots in our neighborhood – Salt’s Cure.

Head to Domaine this Sunday (maybe after some bottomless mimosas), for some afternoon wining and dining from 2-5pm.  For $15 a person you get to taste 5 wines from Donkey & Goat’s spring releases.  How could you not love a winery named Donkey & Goat?  The wines you will be tasting include a 2009 Chardonnay, 2010 Cuvee Rose, 2009 Red blend, a 2009 Syrah, and a 2009 Mourvedre.  And, while enjoying your wines you can nibble on meats and cheese provided by Salt’s Cure, which are guaranteed to be delicious.

Reserve your spot in advance here, as space is limited.

Domaine LA. 6801 Melrose Ave. (323) 932.0280.