Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wine House Class: The Best of Current Italian Wines

I went to my first wine class at the Wine House tonight . I have been to tastings before, once in their old, dumpy, tasting room downstairs, and once upstairs, in the current Upstairs 2 location. This class was held upstairs in a private room on the other side of the kitchen. Nicely decorated, with their most precious wines on display, the class held 20 people, served 12 wines, cheese and bread. Pretty mediocre appetizers considering there is a full kitchen next door! They served slices of a some awful cheese flavored with horseradish, and a cheese ball rolled in pistachios, a recipe straight out of Better Homes and Gardens, and a handful of dried fruit. Otherwise, the class was excellent. It was lead by fellow Italiano-Americano, Lance Montalato, an extremely knowledgeable buyer of Italian wines for the store, loaded with lots of anecdotes about traveling to Italy and meeting with the winemakers, etc. The wines we tasted ranged from $7.00-199.99, all excellent. All wine purchased after the class was discounted a whopping 10%. Upstairs 2 was packed, by the way.

The Wine House
2311 Cotner Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
800-626-9463 x260

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I like your style. I've noticed that Angelenos like their processed cheese and classic staples, like steak with horseradish "creme". I hate to say it, but for all the cultural diversity here, it really isn't a progressive food town (although there are many trying to change that).