Light and unfocused, this is a simple wine with ripe tannin. Medium body with hits of black cherry, and raspberry.
Minervois, Domaine d’Albas, France, 2015 Retail $21.99
Bold, sticky fruity notes with hits of licorice. Heady and perfumed with a soft note, earthy spices, and smooth oak.
*NEW ARRIVAL Cotes Du Rhone Villages, Cariranne, Boutinot, 2012 Retail $32.99
70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault, 5% Carignan
Explosive fruit driven and almost savage at first, developing into more complex sensations of ripe fruit interwoven with the silky-smooth structure of subtly integrated oak, but the tension lingers to the finish, black cherries laced with kirsch and counterpoised by the savouriness of black olive tapenade, tinged with mocha.
*NEW ARRIVAL Cote Du Rhone Village, Les Coteaux, Boutinot, 2014 Retail $20.99
75% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah
Luscious, warm ripe fruits soften by aging in used French oak barrels for 22 months with a touch of complexity.
*NEW ARRIVAL Crozes-Hermitage, Brotte, La Rollande, France, 2014 Retail $39.99
Colour – Dark with hints of deep purple.
Nose – Intense blackcurrant and violet aromas with spicy notes of white pepper, licorice, vanilla, black olives and a hint of laurel leaves.
Palate – Harmonious and firm, suggestive of cherries and blackcurrant with long and well-defined tannins on the finish. The long and flavourful finale reveals black fruits notes.
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
ORGANIC Beers from EEL RIVER!
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 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 Bacon, Hog Heaven Bourbon Bacon, Boss 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.