WineShouts – 02/27/2015 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?  Please let us know in the comments or send us an email (see below).  Cheers!

Los Olivos Wine Fest (Santa Ynez)

If you live in SoCal, love wine, and haven’t been to Los Olivos yet, then get off your duff.  Now’s the time to go discover the best place to spend a day drinking wine in SoCal.  This charming little town just a few minutes up the road from Solvang is home to dozens of tasting rooms in a two block stretch pouring some of the best wines from the Santa Ynez Valley and the great local appellations and vineyards like Santa Rita Hills, Bien Nacido, Happy Canyon, and Ballard Canyon.  This Saturday take a beautiful, 90 minute drive up the coast and check out the first annual Los Olivos Wine Fest, with special tastings and food offerings along with music and other events.  Tix still available using the link above.  Anytime you’re in Los Olivos, stop in and see our friends at the Kaena Wines tasting room on the corner at the flagpole.  They make some of the best Grenache you’ll find this side of the Rhone.

 wineexpo – Italian (and more!) Wine Bar (Santa Monica)

@LAWineGal turned us on to this spot in Santa Monica.  Sounds like the perfect hang out for our kind of people.  Taste flights of wine or beer.  Shop for wine.  Cork a bottle you bought in the shop for only $4 at the tasting bar.  And they specialize in Italians!!!  Home run.  We will be visiting presently.  They regularly do food truck events and private parties as well.  Check out their website for details (click on their name above).

Wine Camp – Introduction to Wine (Los Angeles)

Ian Blackburn runs killer wine education and events for all levels through his and wineLA brands.   This event is a fun and tasty way to indoctrinate beginners into the wine life and you might learn something too!  And as always, you get to taste a bunch of delicious wines.  Get your Uber app warmed up and go have a great dinner Downtown afterwards.

North American Sommelier Assn.  SBC Day Trip (Santa Barbara)

Hosting the first of their “Traveling Master Class” series for 2015, this trip includes transportation, a couple of meals, wine and education galore.  Learn, meet cool wine lovers, taste and eat.  All set in beautiful wine country?  What’s not to like?

The Stonehaus – Wine Bar (Westlake Village)

We haven’t given a shout out to the Stonehaus in Westlake yet.  But they deserve one.  They have a great setting on the grounds of the Westlake Village Inn.  They serve a great variety of wine flights, or you can just buy a bottle and enjoy with friends.   There’s an excellent patio and outdoor fireplace to enjoy.  They even have tables with built in firepits in the middle.  It’s all very cozy and charming.  Dogs are welcome and even get their own dedicated fountain to drink from.  Charcuterie and other nosh are available.  It’s a really great place to relax with some good friends and your pups.  But beware, as with many Westlake haunts, the Cougars are out in force on weekend nights.  Women, guard your men.  It’s a jungle out there.

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