Santa Monica's recent entry into the wine bar scene in Southern California is Pourtal, at 104 Santa Monica Boulevard. "Steps from the beach," as the apartment ads say - only this place really is.
Pourtal not only has plenty of wine, they also have the gadgetry to compete. The state-of-the-art, self-serve Enomatic sampling system offers 40 different wines along with 20 others by the glass. The wines are all available for purchase, either for drink-in or takehome.
December is an exciting month for Pourtal, as they are throwing the Klieg light on wines from what they are calling The Cradle of Wine, although it could be considered the cradle of nearly everything. Wines from Hungary, Israel, Croatia, Montenegro, Lebanon and the Republic of Georgia will be featured in tasting events throughout December. Six months of research turned up some old-world, traditional wines that are not commonly found.
The Cradle of Wine series begins Tuesday December 1st, when the importers of all the month's featured wines will be on hand to pour and answer questions from 7 to 10 p.m.
Each event during the month will be led by an importer, and will feature a discussion and hand poured tasting of small production wines not typically available in Los Angeles. Featured wines from The Cradle of Wine will be dispensed from the Enomatic machine throughout December.
A menu of wine-friendly foods that pair well with the wines in the series will also be offered. Selections will include mixed olives and dolmas, hummus, muhammara, spanakopita and lamb kofta, plus a selection of 20 or so artisinal cheeses.
The Cradle of Wine Hosted Events Schedule*
December 1, 7-10pm
The Cradle of Wine Program Launch with representatives from Israeli Wines Direct, Terrell Wines, Blue Danube Wine Company, Epic Wines, and Wine Warehouse showcasing wines from Hungary, Montenegro, Israel, Croatia, Lebanon and Republic of Georgia. A Choice of 5 tastes for $10 (In addition to our featured 8 wines from the Enomatic Tasting Tour)
December 7, 7-9pm
Grower Champagne Tasting hosted by Adam Zuckert from Terry Theise Selections
$30 for Flight of 3 Champagnes - Chartogne-Taillet, Henri Goutorbe, Vilmart
December 8, 7-9pm.
Ramos Port Tasting hosted by Dirk Smits, from Maisons, Marques and Domaines
December 9, 7-9pm
Exclusive Central-Eastern European Wines from Blue Danube Wine Company hosted by Stetson Robbins
$10 for Flight of 5 Wines
December 10, 7-9pm
Chateau Musar from Lebanon hosted by Rebecca Mamoud
$10 for Flight of 3 Wines
December 14, 7-9pm
Republic of Georgia Tasting hosted by Gregory Alonzo of Terrell Wines
$10 for Flight of 3 Wines
December 17, 7-9pm
Israeli Tasting hosted by Bill Mendel, California Regional Manager, Yarden Wines
$10 for Flight of 4 Wines
December 22, 7-8:30pm
‘Bubbles’ hosted by Helena Centerwall
$20 for Flight of 3 Wines with Food Pairings
* Check back on Pourtal's website as additional events will be added.