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  • Welcome to Couch Wine!

    I’m your host, the Couch Guy.  Thanks for stopping by.   Couch Wine is designed as a place to talk, learn and share what we love about wine, without getting too serious about it all.

    First and foremost,  we love wine here at Couch Wine.  Wine can make your day better, your dinner better, your conversation better, and thus improve your day to day life.  Continue Reading

    May 19, 2014 • Welcome • Views: 4308

  • Quick Report: Garagiste Festival L.A. 7/11/2015

    The Garagiste Festival is an event that tours California highlighting the wines of small producers generally making less than 1,500 cases of wine per year.  It is a non-profit event, sending its proceeds to invest in future winemakers and grape growers in the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program.

    We attended one of their events in Solvang a few years ago, and were glad to have a chance to catch them here in L.A. at the Wiltern yesterday.

    61 wineries were represented.  In most cases the winemaker/owner was pouring the wines and taking questions and making new fans.  For them, this is a chance to build their fan base and wine clubs.  For us, on the consumer side, this is that opportunity to discover some gems and get in on the ground floor of an allocation list.  Most of these producers don’t have tasting rooms.  Their wines aren’t sold in stores.  They may have some restaurant placements.  You are not likely to find them on your own. Continue Reading

    July 12, 2015 • Reviews, So. Cal. Scene, Tasting • Views: 5586

  • WineShouts – 06/05/2015 Edition

    Happy weekend wine lovers!  We’ve put together a few spots where you can get your wine on this weekend in L.A.  and points North.  Know about another great spot or event this weekend or upcoming?  Please let us know in the comments or send us an email (see below).  Cheers!

    National Doughnut Day! (Everywhere) – 6/05

    Rainbow Sprinkles Rule!

    Happy National Doughnut Day!

    We all love Donuts.  Let’s face it.  We know they are perhaps the least healthy food on the planet.  But even the full blown Vegan, anti-sugar fanatic secretly craves the joy of a doughnut from time to time.   Rainbow Sprinkles are my kryptonite. Continue Reading

    June 5, 2015 • So. Cal. Scene, Wine Shouts • Views: 4360

  • WineShouts – 05/29/2015 Edition

    Happy weekend wine lovers!  We’ve put together a few spots where you can get your wine on this weekend in L.A.  and points North.  Know about another great spot or event this weekend or upcoming?  Please let us know in the comments or send us an email (see below).  Cheers!

    LA Wine Fest (Hollywood) — 5/30, 5/31

    A bevy of wine, spirits, beer, food trucks and general gluttony for your indulgence.  What’s not to like?

    Hamilton Russell Vertical Tasting at Woodland Hills Wine Co. — 5/30

    Saturday from 3-6 PM, taste what many consider the best wines from South Africa, and among the best Pinots in the world.  Pinot and Chard do well in the coastal Walker Bay appellation, and the more specific Hemel-En-Aarde Valley is famous for its Pinot.  A great way to treat your palate and your wine brain to some tasty education this weekend.  Continue Reading

    May 29, 2015 • So. Cal. Scene, Wine Shouts • Views: 4014

  • WineShouts – 05/22/2015 Edition

    Happy Memorial Day weekend wine lovers!  We’ve put together a few spots where you can get your wine on this weekend in L.A.  and points North.  Know about another great spot or event this weekend or upcoming?  Please let us know in the comments or send us an email (see below).  Cheers!

    Your Backyard!

    That’s right, the best place to drink wine this weekend is in your own backyard.  It’s time to kick off Summer.  Drink Rosé!!!  You know we love a good Rosé here at CouchWine.com.  If you’re ready to expand your Rosé vocabulary, find yourself a nice Rosé of Pinot Noir.  Luscious wines full of strawberry notes with a dry finish.  Great backyard chillin’ and grillin’.

    Off Market Street Progressive Cornhole Tournament (Ventura) — 5/23

    This is perhaps the worse (or best?) name for an event I’ve seen in years.  But it’s real.  The members of the Off Market Tasting Trail in Ventura are hosting a FREE Cornhole Tournament that moves from venue to venue as the day goes on.   Few things in America go together better than drinkin’ and cornholin’ (you can quote me on that).   Continue Reading

    May 22, 2015 • So. Cal. Scene, Wine Shouts • Views: 4102

  • WineShouts – 04/24/2015 Edition

    Happy weekend wine lovers!  We’ve put together a few spots where you can get your wine on this weekend in L.A.  and points North.  Know about another great spot or event this weekend or upcoming?  Please let us know in the comments or send us an email (see below).  Cheers!

    Rose Extravaganza at domaineLA (Los Angeles) – 4/26/2015

    Its hard to express how much I love a good Rosé but suffice it to say, it’s ALOT.  So how about a Rosé tasting with Lobster Rolls?!?  That is full of win.  The folks at domaineLA are pouring Rosés and serving Lobster Rolls from Knuckle & Claw at their Sunday tasting this week.   Great flight representing a variety of different Rosé styles.  Man up and drink pink wine! Continue Reading

    April 24, 2015 • So. Cal. Scene, Wine Shouts • Views: 4760

  • WineShouts – 04/17/2015 Edition

    Happy weekend wine lovers!  We’ve put together a few spots where you can get your wine on this weekend in L.A.  and points North.  Know about another great spot or event this weekend or upcoming?  Please let us know in the comments or send us an email (see below).  Cheers!

    We want to start this week with a shout out for a special charity event happening Saturday night in Agoura.  

    Hope’s Haven Poker Tourney & BBQ Fundraiser (Agoura) – 4/18/2015

    The folks at Camarillo based Hope’s Haven run a great charity that supports local hospital-bound and chronically ill children.  Please take a moment and check out their website to see some of the examples of the excellent work they do.  For instance, they have provided the pediatric ICUs of several local hospitals with iPads for the kids’ use and are working on providing an iPad for every pediatric bed in the county. Saturday night they’re hosting one of their annual fundraisers, a poker tournament, casino night and BBQ.  This event is a blast every year with 100 plus poker players, lots of food…and YES there is even wine!  Please support these great local folks and their cause!

    Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend (Santa Barbara)

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    April 17, 2015 • So. Cal. Scene, Wine Shouts • Views: 4336

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