LA’s Toast to the Great Grape (Meaning Vino, Of Course)

Whether you’re an expert with a wine collection older than your ancestors or a novice who can’t tell the difference between a Merlot or Syrah, make room in your schedule next week to drink up at these haute eateries paying homage to the finest vineyards.


8764 Melrose Avenue

On Monday, Aug. 20 at 7pm, general manager and sommelier Marino Monferrato will host an interactive an informative wine tasting featuring Italian rosé in the restaurant’s pristine Butterfly Room. For $25, attendees will taste five different wines paired with different Italian tapas.


Napa Valley Grille

1100 Glendon Avenue

Head to Westwood Village for Napa Valley Grille on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6:30pm where executive chef Taylor Bourdreaux will present a four-course wine dinner featuring Russian River Valley wines from family-owned Iron Horse Vineyards. Such courses include a soft-shell crab with sweet corn puree, Fresno chiles, micro cucumber, jicama and cilantro vinaigrette paired with a 2010 estate chardonnay, and an herb-roasted pork tenderloin with summer squash gratin, peach-apricot agrodolce and bourbon jus paired with a 2010 estate pinot noir.

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

300 South Doheny Drive

Restaurateur and sommelier Paul Grieco is taking his Summer of Riseling program that started at Grieco’s Terroir in New York and bringing it to all Four Seasons North America locations, including Los Angeles. Hotel restaurant staff will pour only Riseling for the white wine choices until the end of summer. Four Seasons Los Angeles sommelier Mauro Vitale will hand-select four rotating Riseling wines specifically chosen to complement the menu. Such selections include the 2008 Huber Riesling “Traisental’ from Austria and the 2010 Dr. Thanisch Riesling Q.B.A. Mosel from Germany.

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