Wednesday, January 5, 2011

JANUARY 2011 WINE EVENTS FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


Events Calendar

We’re nearly a week into the new year of 2011 as I write this, and I haven’t been to work yet.  Well, not THAT work, anyway.  I have spent an inordinate amount of time online involved in wine-related endeavors, but that doesn’t quite seem like work.

Wine tasting events are a part of my “job” as a wine writer, but they don’t seem like work, either.  As I scan the ol’ Now And Zin Wine Calendar, it looks like January is jam-packed with nice wine events.  Work, work, work.  Let’s try to work out the details on these events and get the new year of wine tasting started with a slurp.


Pinot Days Southern California, 2nd Annual
Jan 15, 2011
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport
Santa Monica, CA
Cost:  $60; $100 VIP (enter at noon)

125 producers pouring 400 domestic Pinot Noirs sounds like a great time.  Sample wines from the Russian River Valley, Carneros, the Santa Lucia Highlands, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Oregon.  The inaugural event was big.  The sophomore effort should be even bigger.

Bockfest 2011 
Jan 15, 2011
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $20

Bockfest is a winter beer festival with no snow in the forecast.  You'll sample some great Southern California beers as well as great brew from around the world.  65 beers will be represented and the two best will be named champ by a panel of judges and a people's choice award.

Stars Of Santa Barbara 
Jan 18, 2011 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Scott's Restaurant and Bar
3300 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA
Cost: $59 - $120

Staged by Ian Blackburn's Learn About Wine, this event throws the Orange County spotlight on the best wines of Santa Barbara. Blackburn puts on great wine events - two more Stars events are set for the first quarter of 2011.  He sets the stage ideally. If you don't get the most from Blackburn's tasting events, it's your fault.

Stars Of Santa Barbara 
Jan 19, 2011
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Peninsula Hotel
9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA
Cost: $59 - $120

Staged by Ian Blackburn's Learn About Wine, this event throws the Beverly Hills spotlight on the best wines of Santa Barbara.  Blackburn puts on great wine events - two more Stars events are set for the first quarter of 2011.  If you don't get the most from Blackburn's tasting events, it's your fault.

Union des Grands Crus Bordeaux Tasting 
Jan 22, 2011
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport
3021 Airport Avenue #203
Santa Monica, CA
Cost: $59

Wally's Wine and Spirits welcomes over 100 of Bordeaux's Chateau owners and winemakers, this year in an airport hangar. Hundreds of wines will be poured at this unique event.

Savor The Wine 
Jan 22, 2011
6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Lost Canyons Golf Club
3301 Lost Canyons Drive
Simi Valley, CA
Cost: $30

Wine tasting, a pasta bar, small plates and desserts are all included in the price of this SoCal shindig. There will also be music, raffles and auctions to help pass the time.  Proceeds benefit the ARC of Ventura County, a center for the developmentally disabled.

Pasadena Pinotfest Kickoff Winemaker Dinner, 3rd Annual 
Jan 23, 2011
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Noir Food & Wine
40 North Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA
Cost:  $149

Brewer-Clifton winemakers Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton will help kick off the festivities for Pasadena Pinotfest by pairing their wines with a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Claud Beltran.

Loyola Marymount University Wine Classic, 30th Annual 
Jan 30, 2011
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $90

More than 150 wines will be poured from 46 boutique California wineries, and you can meet with the vintners while you sample their wares.  There's also a silent auction of specialty wines and other products.  $40 of the ticket price is tax-deductible, and early bird tickets are only $75 through Jan 21.  The Wine Classic Dinner is held on the evening of the event under separate pricing.  The proceeds benefit LMU Student Scholarships.