APRIL & MAY WINE, BEER & SPIRITS

TASTING EVENTS AT THE WINE COUNTRY

 

APRIL 4 THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

SPOTLIGHT ON THE WINES OF GREECE

This ancient wine culture is home to the birth of viticulture, and today's remarkable wines still use historic varieties like Xinomavro and Assyrtiko.  As much as we love Greek food, it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to drink these wines instead of supermarket Merlot and Chardonnay.  Kevin Lepisto hosts.

 

APRIL 5 FRIDAY EVENING 

FIRST FRIDAYS  7 at 7 p.m. $45  SMARTER, EARLIER SIT-DOWN TASTINGS

SEVEN WINES

THE FAR NIENTE FAMILY OF WINES: 

FAR NIENTE, NICKEL & NICKEL, BELLA UNION, EN ROUTE, DOLCE

A special super-premium First Fridays tasting.  Far Niente Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon; Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon, Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, En Route Russian River Valley Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, and the rare sweet delicacy Dolce.  Reserve your seat early.

Limited Seating--Call for Reservations (562) 597-8303

 

APRIL 6  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $30

TEN WINES

SYRAH FEST WITH ROAST LEG OF LAMB

Chris Costales selects California's 10 top Syrahs while we offer Syrah's favorite companion:  home-roasted leg of lamb.

 

APRIL 11 THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

JESSICA MARTINEZ DOES WINES FROM CHILE

Once only known for making cheap wine, the top estates of Chile are now producing truly world-class wines.  You'll be astonished at the quality of these new releases.  Our Southern Hemisphere wine buyer Jessica Martinez hosts.

 

APRIL 12 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $45  Call for Reservations (562) 597-8303

TOP WINES OF CALIFORNIA'S SONOMA COAST

The cool Sonoma Coast is producing some of the most impressive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the U.S.  Join Chris Coastales in an exploration of this prestige wine region.

 

APRIL 13  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

THE WINES OF PASO ROBLES' ANCIENT PEAKS & SINOR-LAVALLE WITH WINEMAKER MIKE SINOR IN PERSON!

Special guest Mike Sinor returns to The Wine Country to showcase the handsome wines of Ancient Peaks winery along with wines from his own project Sinor-Lavalle.

 

APRIL 17  WEDNESDAY EVENING

7:30 p.m. $25

BEERVENTURE:  HOPPY BEERS

Join us for the hottest beers from the most red hot of all craft beer categories.  Every kind of IPA and more.  Hosted by our beer guru Nic Bradley.

Limited Seating--Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

APRIL 18 THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

FRENCH SYRAH

Earlier in the month we sampled American Syrah, and this afternoon we turn to the variety's homeland, France.  Join Samantha Dugan as she introduces us to the expressive red wines from the Northern Rhone Valley and the south of France.  Very good wines for Easter lamb.

 

APRIL 19 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $45

GREAT WINES OF SPAIN:  THE WINES OF RIOJA

Spain's greatest table wine region is Rioja, the home of Tempranillo and styles which range from traditional to international.  Join Kevin Lepisto as he presents the latest releases of some of Spain's most historic and celebrated wineries including Lopez de Heredia, CVNE, Muga, Sierra Cantabria and more.

RESERVATIONS ONLY.  CALL (562) 597-8303 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

 

APRIL 20  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

GERMAN RIESLINGS FOR EASTER SUNDAY DINNER

PAIRED WITH SLICES OF ROAST HAM

Just in time for Easter, Kevin Lepisto selects 10 examples of the world's greatest terroirs for Riesling, ranging from dry to fruity.  Don't miss discovering these classics from the Mosel, Rheingau and more.

 

APRIL 24 WEDNESDAY EVENING   

7:30 p.m. $45   OFF-SITE SPIRITS TASTING AT TABLE 301 RESTAURANT

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR TOP RYE & CANADIAN WHISKEYS

Tonight we travel to downtown Long Beach for a tasting of some of our most impressive rye and Canadian bottles.  Whistle Pig, Sazerac, Willett's, High West, Pendleton and more.  We recommend eating a light dinner before the tasting.  10% off the dinner tab when attendees dine at the restaurant beforehand.

Call TABLE 301 RESTAURANT AT (562) 436-4344 to reserve your seat.

301 Promenade at 3rd Street.  Nearby two-hour free parking.

 

APRIL 25 THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

RED COTES DU RHONE & MORE!

Our French wine buyer Samantha Dugan introduces you to several savory French GSMs of the Southern Rhone Valley.  Red Cotes du Rhone, Vacqueyras and Gigondas.

 

APRIL 26 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $65  

CHAMPAGNE TASTING:  LUSTY PINOT NOIR-BASED CHAMPAGNES

Make your reservations early for this popular annual event.  Our champagne diva Samantha Dugan selects our richest, fullest-bodied and most popular champagnes, all with a high proportion of Pinot Noir in the blend:  bubblies from Camille Saves, H. Billiot, Maurice Vesselle & more.

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

APRIL 27  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

THE WORLD OF SAUVIGNON BLANC

Come and sample ten of our finest examples of this popular variety from France, New Zealand, Italy & America.

 

MAY 2  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

SIX UNOAKED CHARDONNAYS

For those who've been complaining about too much oak, we've devised a tasting of pure Chardonnay, unadorned.

 

MAY 3 FRIDAY EVENING FIRST FRIDAYS 7 AT 7 SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:00 p.m. $30  

SEVEN HIGH END MALBECS FROM ARGENTINA

Jessica Martinez has discovered the newest vintages of some of Argentina's most prized red wines.  

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

MAY 4  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $30

TEN WINES

ANNUAL CHENIN FEST--WITH VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS!

Each year more and more people re-discover how great Chenin Blanc can be.  Today we showcase our finest from the Loire Valley, South Africa and the U.S. Paired with these great wines will be Vietnamese Spring Rolls from the famous Brodard Restaurant.

 

MAY 9  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

ITALIAN RED WINES FROM MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO & MONTEFALCO

Abruzzo is home to the Monepulciano grape whose juicy red wines are among the world's most versatile and popular.  The Umbrian region of Montefalco produces blended red wines and single-variety wines from the mysterious Sagrantino grape.  Kevin Lepisto hosts

 

MAY 10 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $50  

AN EVENING WITH SANTA BARBARA WINEMAKING LEGENDS KEN BROWN AND RICK LONGORIA

The Wine Country welcomes back two veteran winemakers whose careers have spanned the entirety of the Santa Barbara County wine boom, and were largely responsible for forging its reputation as one of America's finest growing regions.  Tonight presents a wonderful opportunity to meet Ken and Rick, sample their impressive wines, gain new insights into the region, and perhaps hear their stories.    

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

MAY 11  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:  INTERESTING RED WINES THAT DON'T GET THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE

The "orphans" of California winemaking are born from winemakers' nurturing, and not the rush to uniformity.  Today you'll sample reds like Barbera, Carignan, Charbono, Gamay, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Valdigiue and more.

 

MAY 16  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

THE ELEGANT, EARTHY REDS OF FRANCE'S LOIRE VALLEY

The cool-climate Loire Valley is home to Cabernet Franc, Gamay, some indigenous varieties you'll only find there, and the most minerally Pinot Noirs you're likely to find.  Appellations include Sancerre (Rouge), Chinon, Bourgueil, Anjou, Saumur-Champigny and Touraine.  Samantha Dugan hosts.

 

MAY 17 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $55  

SENSATIONAL CABERNETS FROM NAPA VALLEY SERIES:  OAKVILLE, STAGS LEAP DISTRICT AND RUTHERFORD

Join our domestic wine manager Chris Costales selects an impressive group of Cabernets from the heart of America's most prestigious wine region.  

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

MAY 18  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

THE BRILLIANT WINES OF ITALY'S VENETO

Some of Italy's most famous, and popular red and white wines come from this northern Italian cool-climate region.  Today Kevin Lepisto introduces us to Valpolicella, Bardolino, Amarone, some of the most brilliant Pinot Grigio you'll encounter, and more.

 

MAY 20 MONDAY EVENING   

7:00 p.m. $75   

GERMAN WINE DINNER AT THAI DISTRICT RESTAURANT

Once again, The Wine Country is returning to Thai District Restaurant where Chef-owners Ty Theara and André Angles are producing a multi-course menu specially designed for our fine German wines selected by Kevin Lepisto.  Our last dinner here was a resounding success, and this night will most certainly repeat that history.

Call THAI DISTRICT RESTAURANT AT (562) 952-7181 to reserve your seat.

149 Linden Avenue (at Broadway) Downtown Long Beach

 

MAY 22  WEDNESDAY EVENING

7:30 p.m. $25

BEERVENTURE:  LOCALS ONLY!

We should all be proud of the quality and caliber of beer making close to home.  Tonight our beer manager Nic Bradley assembles his finest beers made in Signal Hill, Long Beach and the surrounding areas.

Limited Seating--Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

MAY 23  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

GOLD COUNTRY WINES:  WINES OF THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS

Chris Costales selects wines from this often neglected historic California wine region from El Dorado and Amador Counties.

 

MAY 24 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $50  

MAD ABOUT PIEDMONT:  ITALY'S NOBLEST WINE REGION AND HOME TO BAROLO, BARBARESCO, BARBERA, GAVI & MUCH MORE.

In the third of Kevin Lepisto's series on Italian wine, Kevin drills down in the historic northern region of Piedmont where arguably Italy's greatest wines are made.  Not only will you be sampling some of the world's most celebrated wines, you'll come away wanting to experience even more.  

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

MAY 25  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

THE WINES OF NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is not only home to timmensely popular Sauvignon Blancs, the country also produces world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and much, much more.  Jessica Martinez hosts.

 

MAY 29 WEDNESDAY EVENING   

7:30 p.m. $45   OFF-SITE SPIRITS TASTING AT TABLE 301 RESTAURANT

THE PERFECT LIBATION FOR SPRING:  ALL ABOUT GIN!

Owner of The Wine Country assembles some of the most exciting craft spirits made today, and a few old-world gins.  Tonight we'll sample gins from Alpine, Amass, Calyx, Greenhook, Monkey 47, Old Raj, Martin Miller, Nolet's, Right Gin, Russell Henry, St. George Spirits and Suntory Roku.  We recommend eating a light dinner before the tasting.  10% off the dinner tab when attendees dine at the restaurant beforehand.

Call TABLE 301 RESTAURANT AT (562) 436-4344 to reserve your seat.

301 Promenade at 3rd Street.  Nearby two-hour free parking.

 

MAY 30  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

4:30 to 6:45 p.m. $15   COMMUTER TASTING

SIX WINES

SIX WINES FROM AUSTRIA

Each year it seems that the crisp, fresh-tasting red and white wines of Austria get more popular with our customers.  Today you'll experience Gruner Veltliner, dry Riesling, Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt and more.  Kevin Lepisto hosts.

 

MAY 31 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $50  

THE ICONIC WINES OF KERMIT LYNCH IMPORTS with representative Kate MacWilliamson

The country's wine lovers owe a huge debt to Berkeley importer and author Kermit Lynch, whose discoveries in France and Italy are only matched by his insistence on tradition and authenticity.  Tonight we'll sample wines from Vieux Telegraphe, Domaine Tempier, August Clape and more with guest Kate MacWilliamson.  Samantha Dugan hosts.

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

JUNE 1  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $30

TEN WINES

OUR ANNUAL SOUTH-OF-FRANCE ROSE FEST WITH ROAST LEG OF LAMB, ROASTED POTATOES, CARROTS AND HOMEMADE AIOLI.

The first Saturday in June The Wine Country hosts the most popular wine event of the year-our South of France Rose Fest, featuring Provencal-styled foods that bring out the most in these crisp, mouthwatering, dry pink wines.   Yes, it'll be crowed, but you'll get a crack at some limited production wines that are sure to sell out before the summer is over.  Samantha Dugan hosts. 

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