The Melrose Village Blog recently heard about wine dinners coming up at two of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants.
This coming Wednesday (February 22), Playa will host its first Playa Community Wine Dinner at 7:00 pm. According to the restaurant:
Building on the success of our Wine Chat, we have decided to host our first Playa Community Wine Dinner, which will explore the historic and now-booming Spanish wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Toro. Enjoy a four-pour tasting with wines made from 100% Tempranillo grapes, while you enjoy a chat with sommelier, Ben Broidy. Then, savor a three-course dinner of Playa cuisine perfectly paired with Tempranillo-based wines, while sharing delightful conversation with other guests. $34 per person (food only) + $16 wine pairing. To participate in this month’s Community Wine Dinner, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple weeks later, Blu Jam Cafe will host an evening with Mikael Sigouin, winemaker and owner of Kaena Wines in Los Olivos. The event takes place Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 pm. It features a 5-course dinner paired with Kaena wines for $65/person + tax & gratuity. Here is the menu:
1st course: Baby greens with Chevre goat cheese, braised fennel and tarragon-citrus vinaigrette, paired with Kaena Sauvignon Blanc, “Tierra Alta vineyard,” Santa Ynez, 2010
2nd course: Sautéed jumbo scallop on a bed of arugula, mashed carrots with curry and Meyer lemon butter sauce, paired with Kaena Hapa Blanc (Grenache, Roussanne), Santa Ynez, 2010
3rd course: Wild mushroom risotto with pork chorizo sausage, green peas and manchego, paired with Kaena Grenache, Santa Ynez Valley, 2009
4th course: Seared lamb chops with syrah-cherry sauce, served with a pan roasted vegetable and potato mint “hash,” paired with Kaena Hapa Red (Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet sauvignon, Mourvedre), Santa Ynez Valley, 2008
5th course: Plate of dessert bites
For reservations, call (323) 951-9191.
Both of these wine dinners sound fantastic. And since we live in one of the most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in California, you can leave your car at home, avoid drinking and driving, and walk to these excellent neighborhood restaurants to get your wine on.