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May 1, 2008 11:27 AM

Excellent Restaurant with Wine Flights (but not a wine bar)

I recently went to B&B in Vegas and loved having an Italian meal with wine flights. I'm looking for a restaurant in LA that does something similar but that is not necessarily a wine bar. In my experience, in restaurants you can usually only order a glass/carafe/bottle with no flight option.

If I've stumped you, I'd be interested in wine bars too although I'm not usually big fans of their food. I've already been to 750ML and Vertical (? in Pasadena).

Many thanks in advance for your advice.

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  1. do you mean flights, or pairings?

    You may want to try tasting menus with wine pairings at Providence, Spago, or Valentino.

    I always thought that a flight was a tasting of wines by either vintage, varietal (or "horizontal"), or winery(or "vertical"), . Most pairing menues go all over the board with vareital, vintage, and winery as the wines match the foods.

    Valnetino, which has one of the best cellars in thoe country, may do factual flights as opposed to matched wines with dinners if you make a special request.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Diana

      Just to clarify: a wine FLIGHT CAN be all of the same vintage, varietal or winery, but it is really any grouping of wines. How broad it is seems to depend on the overall scope of the event. Many educational flights have the purpose of exposing tasters to several varietals, or can be more specific.

      Per Wikipedia: "Tasting flight is a term used by wine tasters to describe a selection of wines, usually between three and eight glasses, but sometimes as many as fifty, presented for the purpose of sampling and comparison.

      Glasses used in tasting flights are usually smaller than normal wine glasses, and they are often presented on top of a sheet of paper which identifies each wine and gives some information about each grape or vineyard. This format allows tasters to compare and contrast different wines.

      An extended tasting will typically consist of several flights, each with a theme. For example, several wines from the same region and vintage would comprise a flight, or several wines from the same variety but different regions. It is typically the responsibility of the tasting organizer to select flights that offer maximum illumination of similarities and differences, while at the same time making sure the progression of flights is appropriate."

      1. re: Midlife

        basically what I said, in more words.

        1. re: Diana

          Sorry if I sounded nit-picky. Your response said you thought the word was limited to groupings of the same vintage, varietal or winery and suggested that it was with pairing menus that those lines were crossed. Sometimes I have too much time on my hands.

    2. Quick clarification---wine flights and/or pairings. Thanks.

      1. Napa Valley Grille in Westwood offers wine flights.

        1. Try Enoteca Drago or AOC.

          8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          Enoteca Drago
          410 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          1. Upstairs 2 -- you can create you own tasting with 2 oz, 4 oz or 6 oz pours.