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NEWS: Happenings Around Los Angeles

There are a bunch of events happening around Los Angeles soon:

Pinot Days: The First Annual Pinot Days Southern California engages all the senses with its offering of gourmet food and 400 incredible pinot noirs. More than 75 pinot producers will pour their wines at Pinot Days, including the newly-released 2007 vintage, which critics are calling pinot's best vintage in decades, and maybe ever. The three-day Los Angeles food and wine event includes two intimate winemaker dinners and the Grand Festival, a wine tasting event which gives wine lovers the opportunity to experience and enjoy some of the world's best pinot noir and interact directly with the gifted and passionate winemakers who produce them. Pinot Days Southern California begins January 15 and culminates on January 17 with the Grand Festival at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. Event tickets can be purchased at

Pinot Days producer Lisa Rigisich said, "Los Angeles is a real food town and the innovative culinary scene in this city is the perfect complement to the depth, complexity and versatility of pinot noir. Like chefs, pinot producers are modern day artists with an intense passion for their craft. This dynamic lends itself well to Pinot Days because it allows food and wine lovers to learn about pinot by connecting to it with both their palate and through its producer."

San Antonio Wine Tasting:

San Antonio Winery, Southern California’s most awarded Winery, invites all wine lovers to join them at the “Wine 101: Introduction to Wine” Tasting and Food Pairing on January 24, 2010.

Among the wines to be sampled are:

· Louis Perdrier Rose Champagne
· Windbreak Chardonnay 2006, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey
· Maddalena Vineyard Reisling 2008, Monterey
· San Felice “Il Grigio” Chianti Classico Riserva 2005, Tuscany
· San Antonio “Heritage” Rhone Blend 2006, Paso Robles
· San Simeon Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Paso Robles
· Maddalena Vineyard Muscat Canelli 2008, Paso Robles

These fine wines will be served a puma goat cheese, orange and roasted eggplant salad with French vanilla glaze, basil oil and microgreens; broiled Miso Alaskan black cod on a potato and chive pancake with Miso glaze; roasted Ancho pepper crusted rack of lamb on roasted wild mushroom risotto with pinot noir coriander sauce; and for dessert, Island mango mousse with candied macadamia nuts and toasted coconut shavings.

For more information or reservations, please call (323) 330- 8771. The cost of the event is $55.00 per person.

WHEN: Sunday, January 24, 2010, 1-4p

WHERE: San Antonio Winery
737 Lamar Street in downtown Los Angeles

I've also got some shameless self-promotion (of a sort) to do. I recently got a new job (yay!) working at Goldstar Events. Goldstar offers discounted tickets to all kinds of local events (and in other major cities as well). There are several food and wine related events and you can get great deals on them. I get nothing extra for sending people to the site, I just have really come to appreciate in the time I have worked here because I have seen from behind the scenes what a nicely run business it is and the great customer service. Right now we have the following events that readers of this blog may be interested in:

Wine, Cheese, Chocolate and Live Music at the Evo South Rooftop Lounge Wine Pairing Event ($33 - normally $55)

Little Tokyo Food Tours from Six Taste ($33 - normally $55)

Take a Tasting Trip Around the World With Drink:Eat:Play's International Wine Tasting ($40 - normally $60)

Hands-on Baking at Kiss My Bundt Bakery ($30 - $32; normally $50 - $55)

Wine Tasting Classes at SB Lofts ($39.60 - normally $66)

You can see more food and drink related events here: Food and Social in Los Angeles

In addition to this news I have more "real" posts coming up, thanks for being patient with my sporadic attention to the blog.

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