• 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: 7316

  • Augustine Wine Bar – Sherman Oaks

    Opened in February, Augustine Wine Bar is a must visit for Valley wine lovers looking for a great spot to indulge themselves.

    Brought to the Valley by the team from Bar Covell in Los Feliz, along with their new partner at this location, Dave Gibbs, who brings to the table an extensive collection of vintage wines that they pour by the glass daily at Augustine!  There is a lot to like about Augustine, but the changing list of vintage wines available to taste by the glass each day is awesome.  Want to know what all the fuss is about vintage wines and if those prices are really justified but don’t have any 1938 bottles in your rack?  Now’s your chance. Continue Reading

    March 5, 2015 • Reviews, So. Cal. Scene, Tasting • Views: 6103

  • Ventura Wine Co. and The Cave

    To kick off our So. Cal. Wine Scene section, I am not going to take you to the heart of hipsterville in the city, but instead up the coast to the city of Ventura and one of my favorite wine spots, the Ventura Wine Co. and their wine bar The Cave.  This spot is a true gem and I’m excited to share it with you.

    These guys pack a triple-punch of awesomeness into a small package:  1) Great wine prices.  They are very possibly the best priced retail wine shop in So. Cal.  2) The Cave, their wine bar, has 32 wines up on self-serve enomatic machines that you can taste at will.  3) The food served in The Cave is consistently good and well priced.   As a small store, the selection isn’t huge, but they always have a good selection of essentials as well as interesting new finds. Continue Reading

    August 2, 2014 • So. Cal. Scene, Tasting • Views: 5230