New Year’s Menu for our Bar

Happy New Years! 
Sample 5 top wines in our Bar after 5pm, 
your choice:
Bubbly or Serious Reds, taste’em all for 
$45.00 plus tax and gratuity  
Antoine Remy Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru, la Champagne  $20 glass
100% Chardonnay from some of the best vineyards in la Champagne..
Bernard Gaucher Brut Prestige, Arconville la Champagne  $16 glass
90% Pinot / 10% Chardonnay, meaty and complex, can handle real food.
Leclerc-Briant Cuvée de Réserve Brut, la Champagne  $25 glass
70 / 30 Pinot /Chardonnay from biodynamically cultivated vines.
Camossi Franciacorta Extra Brut Rosé, Lombardia Italy  $22 glass
100% Pinot vinified on the skins, Methode Champenoise 3 years on the lees.
Alice Bel Colle Moscato d’Asti  2015, Piemonte Italy  $10 glass
Bottled Love? Zombie Detector? See why this is a guilty pleasure for so many. The most refreshing of our gamut of Moscato d’Asti: more lemony than burnt orange in flavors and just 5.5% ABV so, yes, you can have a third glass!
Loa Rioja Limited Production (3,777 BOTTLES!), Spain  $30 glass
Spain (and Rioja in particular) is the world’s great strategic
reserve of aged reds made from ancient vines in traditional styles
Cascina Ballarin Barolo Tre Ciabòt 2010, Piemonte Italy  $27 glass
Classic Barolo from a classic vintage: tar, roses, earth, power and grace.
Terre de Trinci Montefalco Sagrantino 2006, Umbria $16 glass
Sagrantino, the deepest, gnarliest red grape known to man. Taste and believe.
Corte Lenguin Amarone Classico 2011, Veneto Italy $22 glass       
Enough Corvina grapes to make 3 bottles of Valpo, dried for 4 months,
2 years in wood. Soft and smooove meets power and intensity in your glass!
Krohn Vintage 1995 Colheita Porto, Portugal  $20.00 glass
The perfect ending to a night of tasting…
We’re here till at LEAST Midnight
everyday till  New Years Eve, 12/31!
Store opens at 9am daily.
Cheers and thank you!
2933 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica 90404
(310) 828-4428  1-800-WINE EXPO
Always plenty of FREE parking!

What’s pouring at the Bar this Week

Aperitif: Canals Canals Reserva Especial Brut, Barcelona Spain  $8 glass


1) Casual but delicious whites  $12 per flight

A) Ikella Torrontes 2010, Mendoza Argentina  $6 glass

Light and dry with wonderful aromatics, kills boring Chardonnay on contact!

B) Nico Dry Moscato Giallo 2012, Sierra Foothills California  $6 glass

Complex with intense citrus aromas and a bone dry finish. Amazing with Thai food.

C) Stone Fruit Riesling 2011, Pfalz Germany  $6 glass

Fresh, ripe & quaffable fruit with a solid substrate of minerality. Almost too easy to drink!

2) SO not Pinot Grigio…   $26 flight

A) Cieck Erbaluce di Caluso Misbolo 2014, Piemonte Italy  $12 glass

100% Erbaluce with herbal notes on the palate, medium body and a firm dry finish.

B) Kocjancic Rado Vitovska 2013, Friuli Italy  $13 glass

Dry. complex, aromatic Vitovska grows on the Italian / Slovenian border. Try it, you’ll like it!

C) Vignato Davide Gambellara Classico 2013, Veneto Italy  $12 glass

100% Garganega (the Soave grape) organically grown in volcanic soil, aged on the lees.


3) Italy, France, California…  $13 per flight

A)  Ippolito Cirò Cirò 2013, Calabria Italy  $7 glass

100% Gagliopo vinified for grace and freshness. Our go to red wine with fish wine.

B) Chateau Dubois Claverie Rouge 2014, Bordeaux France  $7 glass

Balanced, food friendly claret with 80% Merlot / 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

C) Lapis Luna Shoup Vineyard Zinfandel 2012, Lodi  $7 glass

Full throttle Zin on the warpath, this weighs in at 14.8% ABV proud of it!

4) Europe on Parade…  $18 per flight

A) Braschi Sangiovese Superiore Il Costone 2012, Romagna Italy  $8 gl

Semi Serious Sangiovese from the EAST coast of the boot…killer deal!

B) Domaine les Espériéres Côtes du Rhone 2012, France  $8 glass

Syrah + Grenache = oomph, violets & white pepper!

C) Quinta dos Quatros Ventos 2009, Douro Portugal  $9 glass

Mostly Tinta Roriz plus a scoonch of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca for spice.

5) Italy beyond Chianti…  $29 per flight

A) Donati Marzemino Orme 2011, Trentino Italy  $13 glass

Intense but soft red fruit with a solid undertow of rocks from the Dolomites.

B) Pollino Terre di Cosenza Magliocco Ferrocinto 2011, Calabria, $15 gl

Deep dark and smoky 100% Magliocco, an indigenous variety from the toe of the boot.

C) Terre de Trinci Montefalco Sagrantino 2006, Umbria $15 glass

Deep, dark & meaty Sagrantino, the world’s most flavorful wine grape. Try the strong cheese!

Krohn LBV Porto 2007 bottled 2011  $10 glass

Sorry, we cannot split flights        $4 per person corkage for wines purchased in our store

No corkage for any bottle purchased from the store over $49.99…Cheers!

Beer / Soft Drinks

Mother Earth Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale (sooo good!)  22oz  $11

Santa Monica Brew Works 310 Blonde Ale (surfs up dude!) 12oz  $4

Santa Monica Brew Works XPA Pale Ale (just enough hops…)  12oz  $4

La Trappe Quadupel Trappist (strong, very flavorful and round) 750ml  $22

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (seriously hoppy, 7.5% abv)  12oz  $4

Maui Brewing Coconut Porter(delicious, invigorating, dry!) 12oz  $5

Common Blackberry Sangria Cider (insane! NOT sweet, winey) 22oz  $14

Hollows & Fentimans Ginger Beer (gluten free, 4% ABV)  500ml  $11

Juices & Sodas  $3  Lurisia Mineral Water  $3 / $5

Beer Flight!: Taste ‘em all for $15!

includes chips, nuts & snacks


Açai Berry Wheat, Scotia California  4.0% ABV

Amber Ale, Scotia California  5.0% ABV

India Pale Ale (IPA), Scotia California  7.2% ABV

Porter, Scotia California  5.8% ABV

Triple Exultation Old Ale, Scotia California    9.7% ABV

20% gratuity added to parties of 6 or more

The Bacon Chronicles reviews our Bacon & Bubbly Fest

Full Review here



The title on the menu at Wine Expo’s Bacon & Bubbly night said “Bacon + Champagne = Bliss!” and I couldn’t agree more. Never before had I sought out to pair Champagne with bacon. In my own kitchen, I spend all of my energies devising the perfect pairings and ratio of bacon to other foods, and when alcohol comes into the equation it is usually one of Andy “Sampler Tray” Greene’s many beer offerings. Which is to say that I veritably jumped at the chance to taste some of Wine Expo’s best Champagnes alongside several of BaconFreak’s artisanal bacons.

Wine Expo holds a Bacon & Bubbly tasting the second weekend of every month at their location in Santa Monica, CA, each time with different bacons and Champagnes. To be sure you remember when the time comes, go ahead and follow @WineExpo on Twitter and Wine Expo Santa Monica on Facebook.


For $29.99 per person (that includes the Champagne, bacon, and bread/olives/crackers on the side), it’s an incredible deal.

As mentioned above, Wine Expo has teamed up with BaconFreak for their artisanal bacon needs. My only previous experience with BaconFreak’s wares was when I purchased and devoured their International Bacon Day Bundle. My favorite of that pack had been the Cajun Smoked Bacon, which was the only bacon on Wine Expo’s menu that I’d had before.

In addition to the Snout’s Honor Cajun Smoked Bacon, there was also Bacon is a Vegetable Summer Herbed BaconHog Heaven Bourbon BaconBoss Hog Honey BBQ Rubbed Bacon, and Coastal Caliente Chipotle Bacon. While the cajun bacon had been my previous favorite, I was pleasantly surprised to find the other 4 offerings to be even better. It wound up being a pretty darn good night.

They like us…they really like us!

“A Miraculous Wine Shop for Italian Wine Lovers!!! WINE EXPO…where have you been all of my life?”

David Rosengarten in The Rosengarten Report


“WINE EXPO practically specializes in great inexpensive wines and you would be foolish not to take advantage of their specific expertise…leave the Two Buck Chuck to everybody else!”

Pulitzer Prize winning food scribe Jonathan Gold



“You can buy your Veuve at Cost Plus or your Dom at Gelson’s, but if you have the guts to go beyond the obvious and you are not embarrassed about spending less for better quality…WINE EXPO is THE place for bubbly!”

LA Magazine’s Best of LA Edition, August 2007


“Their selection is great as they aren’t going to carry things you can find at every corner store. Also, I can honestly say that I have never been into another store where the staff could not only accurately tell you what each bottle tasted like and what foods the wines best went with, but they actually asked you about your preferences and adjusted accordingly. Wine Expo is truly a model for what a store should strive to be in terms of service and selection.”

Brad Baker, The Champagne Warrior


“I eagerly await their weekly communiqués to see what pronouncement, discovery or outrage they want to share and, even when I disagree, I find them intriguing and worth considering. Their sheer delight in sharing their discoveries and philosophies with their readers get my attention even when I am not in the market for their wines.”

David Shaw, LA Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning Media Critic, 10/6, 2004

The full article “Their Passion and their Muse” by David Shaw


Mondo Italia Gone Gonzo!

Wine Expo. 2933 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

“I was smitten with the Old World SoCal of WineExpo years ago based on its old school newsletters, filled with raucous descriptions, eclectic music references and food popping up just about every other wine. When I finally got there in 2001, it was a genuine thrill. I can’t recall being in one shop whose dual foci—Italian wines and bubbly—were so broad yet so deep. Humble wines, fancy wines, freak wines… wines with names as long as your arm. The inventory at Wine Expo is not so much assembled as curated. How else to explain the presence of 13 {yes, 13} fizzy reds. The man behind the wines, Roberto Rogness, snags many of these bottlings to be Wine Expo exclusives on pilgrimages to VinItaly. Roberto has been Expo’s wine director since it opened 15 years ago; he only loves one thing more than vino: his customers. If you are into bubbly and/or Italian wine, go to the website right now; cruise the write-ups; check out Roberto’s rants. All it takes is a few clicks to realize that Wine Expo is about as close as you’ll find to a vinous version of Alice’s Wonderland.”

W. R. Tish @The Wine Skewer

Even our SIGNS get press…

LA Weekly October 2, 2009

“Santa Monica’s Wine Expo has, in addition to wine, a collection of over 70 100% blue Weber agave tequilas. What they also have is a lot of peculiar signage. Is there any connection? A distinct possibility. The wine shop has been screwing around with semantics ever since it opened nearly twenty years ago. We’ve put together a Dateline-worthy photo documentary, snapped last night, of the wine shop’s current political opinions (forewarning: the employees are staunch Chianti supporters).”

Click on the link below for the full story:

Big Press Love for our Point of Sale Signage!

10 Best Wine & Spirit Shops in LA

10 Best Wine & Spirit Shops in LA

Los Angeles Magazine December 2010

“We’ve lauded this place in the past for its unparalleled sparkling selection, which is still the best in town (there are more than 250 varieties and a sign which says “FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRINK VEUVE CLICQUOT”). Roberto Rogness has been spreading the gospel of artisanal wines and spirits for 17 years. Underappreciated regions are well represented (80% of the wine inventory is Italian) and each bottle usually comes from a story from Rogness. The tequilas are as impressive as the bubblies.”

Happening: “A swank Tasting Room opened this fall. It has become a post-work-drinks destination. Featured flights have wacky titles and focus on obscure regions or unusual flavor profiles.”