Wine Expo Hit List: All about Barolo – July 20th, 2018

Wine Expo Hit List (Featured Wines) – July 20th, 2018
*NEW ARRIVAL – Barolo, Cascina Boschetti, Italy, 2013 $41.99
A well balanced, structured red wine with ripe sour cherries, ripe strawberries, roses with a hint of leather and oak.
Barolo, Cantine Povero, Italy, 2011 $51.99
Lighter tannins than traditional Barolo. Smooth and easy to drink. Low tannins, delicate and elegant.
Barolo, Terre dei Roveri, Italy, 2012 $63.99
Romantic, complex with a most of moss, truffle and dark fruits like plum and blackcurrant. A soft dance between acid and tannins. Subtle tannins due to aging in Slovenian oak cask. Cedar, toasted oak, dried plums, and marzipan.
*NEW ARRIVAL – Barolo Vigna D’Vai, Ca’ Brusa, Italy, 2008 $79.99
Deep garnet, not overly complex, yet great quality Barolo with a nose of black fruits, coffee, and earthiness. Soft, silky and beautiful.
*NEW ARRIVAL – Riserva Barolo Vigna D’Vai, Ca’ Brusa, Italy, 2005 $84.99
A seriously Barolo. Traditional flavors of Tar and Roses, intense red berry flavors with sharp acidity and strong tannins.
Barolo, Claudio Alario, Riva Rocca Italy, 2011 $90.00
A traditional Barolo, well made, Robust Barolo with dark cherry color and an orange rim. A nose of allspice, star of anise and juniper, red plum, cherry and dried flowers and strong tannins.
*Limited Quantity Barolo, Rocche Dei Manzoni, Italy, 2012 $150.00
Aroma of oak, coconut, burned rubber and scorched earth. Palate of vanilla, licorice and astringent tannins with a hint of Eucalyptus. Taste of blackberry, blackcurrant, leather, espresso, plum and vanilla with firm tannins.

French Red Wine Flight Lineup – July 20 – 21, 2018

Join us for a French Wine flight this weekend!
Today, Friday, July 20th, 2018 & Tomorrow, July 21st, 2018| 5 PM-Midnight
$15.00 Per Person
The Lineup
Bordeaux, Chateau Buisson Redon, France, 2016 Retail $17.99

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.

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.