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30 great places to drink wine in Los Angeles

Critic Bill Addison recommends L.A. wine bars and restaurants with excellent wine lists The wine list at Kismet in Los Feliz — printed on six or so loose sheets of marigold-colored paper, clasped in a small silver binder clip — has no descriptions for the biodynamic Alsatian whites and the sulfur-free Rhône reds it catalogs. The only extraneous information appears in the Skin Contact/Orange category. Under the names and prices of the wines, beverage director Kae Whalen notes the length of time the grapes macerated with their skins during the winemaking process:… Read More

The Exceptional Experience Burgundy Wine Tasting – FEBRUARY 26, 2020

  Beverly Hills Wine Club   We’re thrilled to once again be invited to one of Beverly Hills most prestigious Burgundy wine tasting events! French Wine Lovers…YOU are in for a rare and delicious treat! Arrangements have been made to reserve a special seating for this fabulous tasting including Grand and Premier Cru wines from Château de Pommard! Seating is very limited.  Chateau Pommard events have sold out in other cities.     Founded in 1726 by Vivant Micault, secretary to King Louis XV, Château de Pommard remains one of the most iconic and visited wine… Read More

MASSETO: THE MAGIC OF MERLOT

Masseto is one of our top wineries of the decade. Read more about them and the philosophy that estate director Axel Heinz brings to the winery. If there is one winery in Tuscany that contends with the chateaux in Bordeaux and Burgundy, it has to be Masseto. It even sells a large proportion of its production through Bordeaux wine merchants. Set under the sunny Bolgheri region of Italy, Masseto’s iconic vineyard stretches across a gently sloping valley, where greyish-blue clay lies underfoot and the Tyrrhenian Sea ricochets light across the vines. It… Read More

The World’s Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2020 

From here in America to around the world, these are the top 10 wine travel destinations for 2020. See the best of wine country now. While January offers the perfect opportunity for post-holiday detoxing, it’s also the ideal time to look ahead and start planning those vacations that will motivate you through the dreary dregs of winter. All travel should broaden the mind, but the best experiences are undoubtedly those that take place with a glass in hand. If you’ve already checked off the world’s premier wine destinations, firstly: congratulations! But now… Read More

Curtis Stone’s newest Maude menu is all about Australia—and raising funds for it

Australia’s bushfires are nothing short of devastating, having burned through roughly 18 million acres over the last few harrowing months. Australia’s bushfires are nothing short of devastating, having burned through roughly 18 million acres over the last few harrowing months. Though they feel a world away from Los Angeles, they couldn’t be nearer to one of Oz’s own, chef Curtis Stone. That’s why he’s donating 100 percent of his tasting menu’s profits. At Maude, Stone’s intricate and transportive menus change quarterly, whisking diners by plate and by glass to the world’s premier… Read More

Paul Grieco Shares His Tips for Running a Wine Bar 

The owner of Terroir in New York City discusses business management and offers advice for aspiring somms…   Paul Grieco is the owner of the Terroir wine bar in New York City, which he opened in 2010 in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. He also cofounded New York’s original Terroir wine bar, which opened in 2008 and closed in 2015, and the restaurant Hearth, which opened in 2004, both in the East Village. Grieco was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. His career in hospitality began in his family’s Italian restaurant, La Scala, where… Read More

Armand Rousseau Was the Best-Performing Fine Wine in 2019

First Growths failed to make the top five for the first time in 14 years, Liv-ex says Burgundy had a stellar year on the secondary fine wine market at the expense of Bordeaux, but it was Armand Rousseau that outshone other brands in 2019, according to Liv-ex.   Last year, the average price of a total of 146 unique Armand Rousseau wines traded on Liv-ex, a London-based global marketplace for wine trades, reached £13,185 (US$17,274) per case, up 20.8% from the year before. This helped Armand Rousseau leapfrog two other Burgundy producers,… Read More

Spotlight on Bordeaux, France: A Wine Lover’s Guide for 2020

Beyond visiting the chateaux outside the city and tasting the wines, visitors will find much to do within the pedestrian friendly city center. Bordeaux is one of the most exciting cities in France. Wine producers are rejoicing over the success of the widely applauded 2018 red vintage. Beyond visiting the chateaux outside the city and tasting the wines, visitors will find much to do within the pedestrian friendly city center. Activities include shopping, restaurants, and Bordeaux’s museums. Bordeaux City Center Bordeaux is a picturesque walking city. Just strolling along the Garonne river… Read More

Happy Holidays to you and yours

It’s been an exciting year for us!  Whether you’re looking to attend more of our wine and cocktail mixers, wine tastings and dinners or our upcoming wine destination trips…we look forward to sharing our love of wine and Beverly Hills! Be sure to visit our website often for local news, insights and exclusive offers. Happy Holidays! The Wine Team    

John Malkovich’s Double Life in Wine

The actor-vintner, a late-blooming enophile, shares favorite wines, memorable moments and his fascination with fakes in part 2 of his interview with Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto. Growing up in the mining town of Benton, Ill., John Malkovich says, he “never even heard” of wine. “My parents would have a kind of spiked eggnog once every 20 years and that was about it,” he quips dryly. “In college, my friends were drunk 24/7 or they were on acid or something else. I was just never a drug taker or drinker.” In… Read More