Sparkling Wine Flight – July 22nd, 2018

Sparkling Wine Flight

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

5PM10pm

5 Sparklers $15.00

Blanc du Blanc Brut, Grandial, France – $14.99

Prosecco, mille, Italy – $19.99

Cava Brut, Dignitat, Spain – $19.99

Vouvray, Vigneau Chevreau, France – $18.99

ROSE: Cremant De Loire, M. Bonnamy, France – $15.99

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!
OR
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!
WINE EXPO
2933 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica 90404
(310) 828-4428  info@wineexpo.com  1-800-WINE EXPO
Always plenty of FREE parking!

The Bacon Chronicles reviews our Bacon & Bubbly Fest

Full Review here

 

Excerpt:

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.”

Perfection, thy name is Wine Expo!

“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.

The Draw: Roberto himself and Tequila Master Erik Moreno.

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.

Then there’s THIS:

“WINE EXPO 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 opinions…” Click on the link below:

Big Press Love for our Point of Sale Signage!

 

 

“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

 

 

“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

 

Wow, someone REALLY likes our Wine Bar Food:

“These days it is more than a superb wine store: it’s opened a tasting room directly adjacent to the store, a lovely 30-seat area (with a private room for 16 in the back), in which it serves wine selections, of course, but also more than mere snack food….” full story:

http://www.atlarrys.com/recommendations-detail.php?Recommendation_ID=197

 

“Where To Get Chianti With A Side Of Orgasmic Olives…”

Jenn Garbee of The LA Weekly commenting on our new tasting room. Full story here:

http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/wine-bars/wine-expo-tasting-room-new-ope/

 

TastingTable.com on the joy of Pecorino, Tannat and our new Tasting Bar

“Wine Expo is a long-standing favorite shop of ours, but with its unique stock of wines from Italy and elsewhere in Europe, South America and beyond comes a reluctance to plunk down $40 on unfamiliar bottles. But now you can try before you buy, thanks to Wine Expo’s new tasting room.”

 

Mondo Italia Gone Gonzo!

“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

Squid Ink on the “Real Tequila Test”

From the 2009

LA Weekly Best of LA Edition:

 

BEST TEQUILA SECTION

A worm-filled bottle is hardly what you would expect to find in an Italian wine shop, but Wine Expo staffer Erik Moreno has a soft spot for tequila. His mother is from Jalisco, the Mexican state where the spirit is produced. Nine years ago, Moreno began systematically cleansing the Santa Monica store’s shelves of Cuervo and Patrón and replacing them with bottles from artisanal producers. Over the years, he has amassed a curiosity shop-worthy collection of more than 70 bottles. Moreno’s tequila procurement mantra is simple: Only 100 percent blue Weber agave tequilas, no mixtos (a blend of agave and grain alcohol), are allowed. Only those blancos, reposados and añejos — the names correspond to the length of time the tequilas are aged — that pass his rigorous taste tests (a hard job) land a permanent spot. And many are priced at or below those from larger tequila producers. Among Moreno’s current favorites are a light, cocktail-worthy $16 blanco from Ranchero Jalisciense and a $31 vanilla-scented añejo from D’Los Altos. For solo quaffing, the clove and caramel-laced Don Cardona reposado is hard to beat. It’s a more robust $67, but no one ever said you had to share. Jen Garbee

 

Then there’s THIS:

WINE EXPO 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 opinions…” Click on the link below:

 

Big Press Love for our Point of Sale Signage!

“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

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

“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

 

LA City Beat article on Wines of Summer featuring WINE EXPO

 

“Robert Rogness is one of the ablest sommeliers I have ever encountered….Take my advice and take his!” Dan Berger in the Los Angeles Times

 

WINE EXPO featured on CitySipper.com

 

“WINE EXPO is LA’s true temple of Champagne worship!” 
Chris Rubin, Los Angeles Reader
“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

 

“A Westside Favorite, WINE EXPO is LA’s BEST Wine Store!  Make good use of their maniacally composed, hyper-informative newsletter.” LA New Times
“WINE EXPO in Santa Monica has one of the best selections of Champagne in the country.” New York Times Wine Columnist Eric Asimov in his blog “The Pour”
“Best Service in Los Angeles” Zagat Market Guide

 

“Most fine wine shops carry a small, well-selected group of grower-producer wines, but a few shops in Southern California are renowned for their depth. That is especially true of Wine Expo in Santa Monica, which has probably the best selection of such wines in California.”

The Los Angeles Times Dec 24, 2008

 

Check out our favorite Negroamaro in Architectual Digest’s profile of Matthew McConaughey’s Beach Pad!

 

I have a weakness for dry white wines made from grapes that usually go into dessert wines — think about the alluring dry Muscats of Alsace, for example. So when Robert Rogness, general manager of Wine Expo in Santa Monica, enthused about a dry Malvasia from Oltrepò Pavese, a region in the southern part of Lombardy, I perked up my ears.

Azienda Agricola Martilde’s “Piume” dry Malvasia 2006 smells sweet, with a lush, honeyed bouquet, but drinks utterly dry, with flavors of melon and green apple and a brisk finish that hints of lemon peel. Word of the day: “Piume” is Italian for feathers, and refers to the label’s picture of poultry that live on the farm. This is a wine with the body and taste profile to stand up to challenging flavors, such as the sweet-sour of caponata, the tang of lemony vinaigrettes and marinades, and even the heat of spicy Thai and Chinese dishes.” Jean T. Barrett, Los Angeles Times 9/03/08

 

“The panel was struck by the general very high quality of the wines – the only one of the lot that impressed no one was a ringer, a non-vintage Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut (not listed below because it’s not a grower Champagne). “Not as distinctive” was the way one taster described it. “Fizzy, in a cheap kind of way,” said another. The others had character galore, and were generally so likable that it was difficult to rank them. Prices are very reasonable for the quality. Grower-produced Champagnes are easy to spot but hard to find. Any Champagne whose name you don’t recognize is probably from a grower. Wine Expo in Santa Monica, (310) 828-4428, has by far the best selection in the area.

 

Patrick Comiskey in the Los Angeles Times Wednesday, December 28, 2005

WINE EXPO in the Blogosphere

WINE EXPO in the Blogosphere:

Jeff from Viva la Wino on his first visit to WINE EXPO.

 

Amber Dusick lets her readers on In & Around Los Angeles in on her little secret.

 

Philip White is a deeply disturbed man living in Australia and he expresses it by writing about Drinking and Dranking (and mentions us on occasion.).

 

Craig Camp, defender of the terroir faith, touts Roberto’s Rants at The Wine Camp. Here he goes off on how he loves our point of view.

 

The New York Times’ Eric Asimov explains that, no, you really CAN’T get whatever you want in the Big Apple (but WINE EXPO can help).

 

Alder Yarrow waxes poetic on the joys of Fay Sforzato on his excellent blog Vinography. Here he gets misty eyed over our obituary of Luigi Veronelli, THE Italian wine critic.  He also loves our favorite Rosato of all time

 

Jerry Cavaliere of The Artisan on visiting our store:

 

Wine Expo

We all know that Wine is a food. Sometimes, for reasons that escape us, wine is seldom included in some Food Web Sites. Guess what? The Artisan has been guilty of that for 10 + years!  We are now remedying that faux pas.  As cooks and bakers, we are well aware of the importance of wine as a companion to foods.  As Winemakers, this is especially the case.  There are quite a few really nice  wine shops in the world. Since we are located in California, it is fitting that our first entry into wine resources is in California.

We highly recommend Wine Expo at 2933 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica CA. 90404.  Call 1-310-828-4428, and ask for Roberto.  You can also reach Wine Expovia email at mailto: info@WineExpo.com.  So why are we happy to include this incredible store on our limited Resource Page? Here is why:

Wine Expo has been in business for fifteen years. They specialize in personally selected wines, beers and spirits at reasonable prices.  What impressed us upon our visit there is the in-depth, knowledgeable staff as well as a friendly shopping atmosphere.

They stock many varietals, including some that even well educated wine lovers may never have seen, let alone experienced. Wine Expo offers the largest selection of Vini Italiani in the country plus outstanding finds from South Africa, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, New Zealand and Argentina, as well as from California. They also carry a large  selection of craft and imported beers and spirits, plus more Champagne than most have ever seen.

They  offer party planning, gifts for all occasions, delivery and shipping plus a wine club. Wine Expo is well worth a visit. Log onto their web site http://www.WineExpo.com . Tell them that the folks from The Artisan sent you!