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Eat Drink LA - May 2023

6 Ways to Celebrate National Wine Day in LA

National Wine Day is this Thursday, May 25th, and outside from getting blitzed in your kitchen, there are some truly inventive ways to celebrate National Wine Day in LA too!

TOAST THE HOLIDAY AT A WINE BAR

Esters Wine Shop & Bar offers Happy Hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m. with $10 glasses of House Wine and snacks like Burrata and Crostini starting at just $11. Plus, no corkage on anything purchased at Esters!

Stop by Evil Twin in Culver City, where they are celebrating with 50% off select bottles of wine that can be enjoyed on their patio or at your own home.

Easters Wine bar

If up until this point, your local wine shop has been Trader Joe’s; then it’s time to step your game up! Vinovore in Silverlake and Eagle Rock are wine shops founded by Coly Den Haan that carry female winemakers almost exclusively! Visit the shop for some winesplaining from the staff or to pick up a truly unforgettable gift box that goes way beyond the bottle.

Vinovore in Silver Lake

MAKE YOUR OWN WINE

Take your love of wine to the next level and MAKE SOME at The Blending Lab in West Adams and Paso Robles.

Founded by three “LA Day Dreamers,” The Blending Lab offers Wine Blending Classes both indoors and online ($75-$110). They’ve just moved to West Adams and so they are online all summer long – but you can book private Wine Blending Classes on their website.

Wine kit

TRY A NATURAL WINE

Have you heard of natural wines? In short, it’s the cleanest glass of vino you’ll ever find, although not all natural wines are created equal. This year, make National Wine Day in LA a natural wine day with brands like RedThumb Natural Wines. They offer a Tempranillo, a Rosé, and a Chardonnay, all around $20, made with just 3 ingredients listed right there on the bottle. Purchase directly from their website.

If you’re a fan of Orange or Amber Wine, then you owe it to yourself to try the Monje Orange Wine from Tinto Amorio. You’ll find them at popular L.A. hotspots like Good Clean Fun in Downtown Los Angeles and Vin on Rose, or you can order directly from their website for $35 a bottle. They also have a Wine Club.

Bottles and glasses of wine

DRINK AN L.A. BASED WINE MAKER

The Vice Wine brand gets its grapes from Napa but has its heart in Los Angeles. Founded by L.A.-based husband and wife duo Malek Amrani and Torie Greenberg Amrani, they are dedicated to small-batch, single-varietal wines that are low in sulfites, certified vegan, and contain no added chemicals.

What’s the easiest way to give in to your “vices”?: Sign up for their emails and get 15% off.

bottle and two cans of wine

GO VIRTUAL WINE TASTING

Enjoy your own private wine tasting without having to hire a driver when you order a kit from In Good Taste.

What I like best about In Good Taste is that you can schedule your own private tasting as it fits your schedule. Plus, it’s FREE with the $65 tasting kit price if you can gather a group of 6 together. The kit features eight rather large pours in stunning apothecary-style bottles that you’re encouraged to keep past the tasting. During the class, you’ll learn how to taste your wine, a little about all the wine regions, and what to look for when you’re out shopping for your own bottles.

Bottles of wine

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