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Carl Aug 12, 2006 03:00 AM

Are there any wine stores in the Los Angeles area that have tastings of relatively expensive wines?

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    echo eater Aug 12, 2006 03:28 AM

    Colorado Wine Company in Eagle Rock and Silverlake Wine in Silverlake.

    http://cowineco.com/

    http://silverlakewine.com/

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      echo eater Aug 14, 2006 06:27 AM

      ooops. I read this wrong; I read in-expensive. we all see what we want to I guess. Both places do have great wines at any rate, definitely on the less expensive side however.

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      weaver Aug 12, 2006 03:38 AM

      Moe's in Brentwood does sometimes. (moesfinewines.com)

      1. Mrs Fang Aug 12, 2006 03:54 AM

        The Wine Country in Long Beach (on Redondo) has at least one tasting a week and they do well to select good medium-priced wines. I think they have a web site.

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          wiz Aug 12, 2006 05:38 PM

          For something unusual, try the Gourmet Cheese and wine bar in the South bay galleria, great tastings, 7 wines with a light dinner, every Friday night 7-9, prices vary according to the wines used. Check out website, Gourmetcheeseand wine at the south bay galleria.


          The tasting is at the Gourmet cheese and wine bar, 1815 Hawthorne blvd in the South Bay Galleria, Hawthorne blvd and Artesia, in Redondo beach, 2nd floor next to entrance to Nordstroms. Reservations needed, call Andy, 214-2122.

          1. bodie Aug 12, 2006 05:46 PM

            Red Carpet in Glendale or one of Vendome's many locations do tastings of wines that are sold at a variety of prices. I'd bet the swanky places on the West Side probably have good tastings as well.

            1. MEalcentric Aug 13, 2006 01:00 AM

              BevMo has one each Friday and Saturday. Like $3 for a few one ounce pours. Very informal, very cheap.

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                carter Aug 13, 2006 01:57 AM

                Wally's, the Wine House, Silver Lake Wines, Mission Wines, the Wine Country as mentioned, and Monsieur Marcel in the Farmer's Mkt. all do varying priced wines. Just go the respective websites, and get the schedules and sign up for those of interest.

                1. russkar Aug 13, 2006 05:18 PM

                  The Best Sat Wine Tastings we have ever attended are at WINE EXCHANGE in ORANGE. They range between 10-35 dollars depending on the costs of the Wines. Normally around 15 selections. No one does it better or is more knowledgeable. Plus they have a Massive Selection of Wines from around the World at low Prices. I believe they are the biggest single retailer in So Cal.

                  1. DanaB Aug 13, 2006 05:51 PM

                    The most rare or expensive wines I've ever had at wine tastings were at Wine House in West LA. I've linked a list of wine tasting classes, so you can check and see what's upcoming. The classes are priced according to the cost of the wines they will be sampling.

                    http://annex.winehouse.com/classes.html

                    Your other option might be to go to a restaurant that has a large by the glass selection, such as AOC. They have some pricey wines by the glass.

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                      diningdivala Aug 13, 2006 09:07 PM

                      Moe's often has tastings with expensive, hard to find wines. Heritage in Pasadena offers great wines by the glass and tastings. silverlake, of course, colorado wine.

                      1. Midlife Aug 13, 2006 09:24 PM

                        All the recommendations sound good. I'd just like to know what you 9and others) consider to be "relatively expensive"? The wine industry apparently considers anything over $12 or so to be "super premium", but my guess is you're more likely thinking more like $30+. I'm curious if that's close.

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                          weaver Aug 14, 2006 02:05 AM

                          As for my recommendation for Moe's, I think I've seen announcements for tastings of wines ranging from $15ish to $100+ (some champagnes). I think of $40-50 as the starting point for "relatively expensive" wine tastings, I suppose.

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