Augustine Wine Bar – A social mixer “field-trip” for dedicated 902wine0’s

  Wine Lovers…YOU are in for a rare and exclusive treat! Arrangements have been made to reserve an exclusive intimate space for the first twelve wine lovers who RSVP for this casual social mixer in the valley…our first gathering outside Beverly Hills. Augustine Wine Bar has been voted one of the top wine bars in Southern California. Haven’t heard of Augustine Wine Bar? Read on… If a fascination with fine wine rules your life, then Augustine Wine Bar is your must-visit spot in Southern California. This San Fernando Valley hotspot is always… Read More

Chef Ludo Lefebvre Launches Montage Beverly Hills Pop-Up Restaurant (Exclusive)

The South of France-inspired concept, in partnership with chef Gilles Epié, is set to kick off July 10. Just in time for summer, chef Ludovic Lefebvre — of Trois Mec (now Michelin starred), plus Petit Trois and Ludo Bird — will partner with his friend, mentor and fellow A-list French chef Gilles Epié to transform the former home to Georgie at Montage Beverly Hills into the Summer of Ludo & Gilles. The South of France-inspired pop-up restaurant will serve lunch and dinner beginning July 10 and running for three months. “It’s a… Read More

Cheers to the Garagistes!

It’s a little known secret, our fascination with the garagiste wine movement.  What are the garagistes you ask? In short, the garagistes refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region, producing “vins de garage”, “garage wine”. A group emerged in the mid-1990s in reaction to the traditional style of red Bordeaux wine, which is highly tannic and requires long ageing in the bottle to become drinkable. The garagistes developed a style more consistent with perceived international wine tastes. Present day, here in California, some of the garagistes we’ve come to… Read More

Mastro’s Wine and Cocktail Mixer – June 20th, 2019

  Sip and Socialize with fellow #902wine0’s at one of our all time favorite watering holes. Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator 2018. Live entertainment typically starts at 7pm. This is a casual meet up with no event fee.  Order direct from menu. Mastro`s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club Seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience…   Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 246… Read More

We Asked 15 Sommeliers: What’s the Most Expensive Wine You Ever Tasted? 

“One of my favorite aspects of the wine community is the culture of sharing,” says one sommelier. If Petrus, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche, or Screaming Eagle are on the table, we’re inclined to agree. Learn about 15 wine professionals’ most expensive wines here. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Screaming Eagle. Petrus. Château Margaux. We asked wine professionals across the country to share the most incredible (and incredibly pricey) wines they’ve ever tasted, and their answers are unsurprisingly enviable. Here are the most expensive wines 15 sommeliers have had the pleasure of… Read More

Take a trip to Champagne on South Beverly – Beverly Hills

Maude, Curtis Stone’s dream little restaurant, on South Beverly will take guests on a culinary journey to France for its summer menu.  With a focus on the world’s great wine regions, the quarterly menus have the team of chefs and sommelier embarking on enviable research & development trips around the globe, hobnobbing with the region’s farmers, purveyors, and winemakers, in order to seek inspiration for the degustation and wine pairings. Maude opened in February 2014 with the daunting ambition of creating a new tasting menu every single month, using a focal hero… Read More

Exclusive: Whispering Angel Will Release a New Luxury Wine This Summer

It’s never been a hotter time to be in the rosé business. Rosé has long been a summer staple—at least for wine lovers, winemakers, vintners, and oenophiles of all skill levels. But it’s arguable that Whispering Angel put rosé and its source regions on the map for millions of consumers worldwide—especially in the United States—over the last several years. The year 2017 marked the first time that rosé replaced French red and white wines as the top category seller in the U.S., and approximately one in five bottles of rosé sold stateside… Read More

Wally’s Wine & Spirits Continues to Innovate in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica

When it comes to wine in L.A., few names carry as much weight as Wally’s, founded in 1968 as a neighborhood wine and liquor store in West L.A. Since then, longtime Wally’s president Christian Navarro and his team have worked to be the “communicators of all things delicious.” As a result, it’s never been a […] Source: Wally’s Wine & Spirits Continues to Innovate in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica

Interview with Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards, Cult Wine King of Paso Robles

Justin Smith looks and acts a little like The Dude, Jeff Bridges’ world-class slacker from the Coen Brothers classic, “The Big Lebowski.” But don’t let that resemblance fool you. Smith is not the kind of guy to sit around in his housecoat drinking White Russians all day. His small-output Paso Robles winery, Saxum Vineyards, has produced some of the most highly rated wine in America over the last few years. Interview by Paul Hodgins on a trip visiting Justin Smith at Saxum Vineyards in Paso Robles. Waiting >>>more Source: Interview with Justin… Read More

How to Source Back-Vintage Wines for a List

Wine professionals share advice on finding and purchasing aged wines for restaurant programs Nothing intrigues wine-loving guests more than a wine list full of back-vintage bottles. Iconic wine programs like those of Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida, and Pappas Bros. Steakhouses in Houston and Dallas have become known for their depth of aged wines. Other, newer establishments, like Marta in New York City, which has a reserve list of old Italian wines, and St. Anselm in Washington, D.C., which lists older wines from classic regions at more approachable price points, draw guests… Read More