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...

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What’s pouring at the Bar this Week

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

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Our Famous 20/20 Night

20/20 Night: Sample 20 diverse wines, just $20 Per Person! Every Monday and Thursday evening, 5pm to close. Fizz 1) Anna Spinato Prosecco Extra Dry, Veneto Italy  $7 glass 100% Glera, Charmat: Softer on the palate, slightly less pressure, almost too easy to drink. 2) Grandial Brut Blanc de Blancs, France  $7 glass Charmat process, bone dry, refeshing, afforable… 3) Cà dei Mandorli Brut Rosé, Piemonte Italy  $8 glass 100% Brachetto vinified DRY and with slightly less pressure than most sparklers. 4)...

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Hello Kitty Sparklers

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty…. Our friend, the lovely lovely Patrizia Torti of Tenimenti Castelrotto Torti in the Oltrepò Pavese zona of Lombardia, has just dropped the latest release of her much sought after sparkling HELLO KITTY wines in four versions ranging from a sweet Rosé to the 40th Anniversary Brut in a special bottle, all priced to move!

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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...

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It’s OK, admit it…you like your bubbly a tad bit sweet…

It’s OK, admit it…you like your bubbly a tad bit sweet… One of the reasons Prosecco is kicking Champagnes ass in the market lately is that its inviting fruit is both more inviting to a lot of people AND is great with the sort of Asian / Mexican / Jamaican / Scandinavian fusion food we love in SoCal. We are always on the lookout for a good Demi Sec Champagne as a step up choice and found a doozy this week:   Lelarge-Pugeot Demi-Sec Tradition Premier Cru à Vrigny  $42.00 This is not some...

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“Wow! That’s DRY!!!” (and why “Extra Dry” really means a little sweet…)

“Wow! That’s DRY!!!” (and why “Extra Dry” really means a little sweet…) A lot of casual Champagne and sparkling wine drinkers will tell us they only like REALLY DRY wines (without telling us that their reference point is the Extra Dry Cuvees of the large houses which are actually fairly sweet). This may seem counter-intuitive but it has a fun historical explanation: Most Champagne was originally VERY sweet (that is how the French and especially Tzarist Russian clients liked it). The Brits started...

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Friends don’t let Friends drink Veuve

Here’s why:  

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The Champagne Media Conspiracy

Media Watch Do you have doubts about the vast media conspiracy all marching to the same drummer? Well, just read these quotes and you will see that they ALL agree on one thing:   “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   “Grower produced Champagnes are easy to spot but hard to find. WINE EXPO in Santa Monica has by far the best selection in the area…” Los Angeles...

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This Just In: You CAN have Everything!

This Just In: You CAN have Everything!   Lilbert Fils Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru à Cramant Perle  Well under $100 and WORTH IT! This amazing Champagne has wondrous ripe white fruit as it is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Cramant, the source of la Champagne’s ripest white grapes. It has incredibly creamy mousse as it has slightly less pressure than most Champagnes (making it a Cremant de Cramant, cool!). BUT, because it is finished with almost no dosage, it has a VERY dry...

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Champagnes

Our selection of bubbly from La Champagne features high quality / small production wines made by Grower / Producers from their own family vineyards and changes DAILY. You don’t pay more…you GET more!   “My only regret in life is that I did not drink more champagne.” —John Maynard Keynes    

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Cremants, Vin Mousseux, more

Les Caves de Bailly Brut de Charvis Methode Traditionelle, Bailly, Bourgogne Hail the Returning Champion! Just how good is this bargain priced sparkler from Burgundy? Well, when we are out of it, middle aged customers have been known to stomp their feet and pout like five year olds deprived of their favorite candy. Then there is the fact that the LA Times picked this as LA’s Best Value Bubbly. Packed with exquisitely pure Pear / Apple fruit, smooth and creamy in texture yet finishing bone dry, this is just...

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Cava

Torre Oria Cava Brut, Penedès 100% aromatic and crisp Macabeo with tiny bead and a crisp, dry finish. Extremely versatile and a killer value.   Torre Oria Cava Brut Rosado, Penedès  100% Garnacha put through full Methode Champenoise resulting in a wine with intense cranberry color, vibrant flavors of red fruits and a clean, crisp, DRY and extremely food friendly finish. This is the solution to a LOT of problems: whether you need a nice hostess gift, something to serve at your office party that won’t...

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Serious Metodo Classico Italian Sparklers

Azienda Agricola Andrea Picchioni, Canneto Pavese, Lombardia The Picchioni winery is a small plot of land, approximately seven hectares, located in the Solinga valley. The vineyards grow on a south-exposed steep sloping hillside, on sandy and pebbled soil. The endless summer days bless the grapes with all the energy they need for a full ripening: the vine struggles in the light and the heat for every single drop of water.  Andrea tells the cantina’s story: “Our adventure began in 1988 with the...

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Fizzy Reds!

Are you MAN enoughto drink a Fizzy Red? Yes Drill Sergeant! Things happen here at your favorite wine emporium that we couldn’t make up if we tried but THIS one really made an impression: Three Sundays ago a cab pulled up and two United States Marines in full desert camo and toting full packs got out. They came in and it turned out that they had JUST gotten off a plane at LAX after a long deployment in Iraq, were on their way home to see their wives and that their wives had mentioned some wine they really liked...

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Fun and Fruity Italian Sparklers

Prosecco Mother Nature’s final retort to wine coolers, lite beer, alco-pop and other fizzy, cold, but ultimately unsatisfying industrial crap, Prosecco just plain rules: It is not about being super dry and toasty and yeasty and all those things we love in great fizz from la Champagne….it chooses to forgo the cerebral path and head straight for the pleasure centers of your brain. It is lighter and zestier and more aromatic but never actually sweet with crisp, refreshing acidity to take on anything from...

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