JUNE & JULY WINE & BEER TASTING EVENTS

AT THE WINE COUNTRY

 

JUNE 15  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

ALL ABOUT CHIANTI

Italy's most famous red wine has become far more accomplished than the old straw bottle.  Kevin Lepisto brings you these classic Tuscan red wines from all major sub-regions, including Chianti Classico, Chianti Colli Senesi and Chianti Rufina.  Some modern in style, some more traditional.

 

JUNE 19  WEDNESDAY EVENING

7:30 p.m. $25

BEERVENTURE:  SOURS!

Join Nic Bradley as he hosts our monthly beer tasting with a specialized style of beer that is gaining in popularity.  Belgian in origin, sour beers have taken a life of their own among craft beer artisans, and these controversial beers continue to fascinate beer lovers with their unconventional flavors.

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

 

JUNE 20  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

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

SIX WINES

THE MODERN WINES OF HUNGARY & SLOVENIA

Eastern European winemaking has never been better.  Just ask Kevin Lepisto who has discovered modern wines from these ancient wine regions.  Join the adventure and try something new!

 

JUNE 21 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $55  

THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!  NEW RELEASES!

ITALY'S GREAT REDS FROM BAROLO & BARBARESCO

It can be argued that Italy's most noble wines come from the Nebbiolo grape of Piedmont.  Tonight Kevin Lepisto introduces the latest releases from Scavino, Sottimano, L. Pira, Produttori del Barbaresco & more.  

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

JUNE 22  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

IMPRESSIVE FRENCH SPARKLING WINES

Everyone knows that Champagne is the greatest sparkling wine region in the world, but not as many wine lovers are familiar with the other sparkling wines of France.  Our bubble diva Samantha Dugan selects vivacious wines from Jura, Loire Valley, Alsace, Limoux, Burgundy and she just might slip in a ringer from Champagne itself.

 

JUNE 27  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

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

SIX WINES

CANADIAN WINE ADVENTURE!

We might be witnessing the melting of the polar ice caps, but on the bright side, Canadian wine is now world-class due to warming trends!  Chris Costales presents wines from British Columbia and the Niagara Peninsula.  A great opportunity to experience wines making a splash in America for the first time.

 

JUNE 28 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $65  

SAMANTHA'S CHAMPAGNE TASTING SERIES: 

THE MANY FACES OF BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE 

Samantha pours Blanc de Blancs from our top grower champagne producers.  Made entirely from Chardonnay grown in chalky soils, they will surprise you with the diversity of flavors and styles, from bone-dry to rich and yeasty.    

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

JUNE 29  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

DRY WHITE WINES OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL

During the past two decades, savvy customers of The Wine Country have discovered what fabulous summer wines come from the Iberian peninsula.  Gaining more popularity each year are Albarino, white Rioja, the Verdejo from Rueda, the frothy, tart, light wines of Txakolina, impressive dry whites from the Douro and the friendly Vinho Verde whites.  Kevin Lepisto hosts.

 

JULY 4 THURSDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $30

TEN WINES

OUR 7TH ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY ROSE FEST--ROSES FROM EVERYWHERE WITH PULLED PORK, NEUSKE'S WISCONSIN SMOKED BRATWURST WITH CHEESE, GERMAN POTATO SALAD & MORE!

Our second of two great dry rose tastings, this one celebrating the roses of the U.S., Germany, Spain, Italy, France & more.  To make the afternoon even more festive, traditional 4th of July fare.  Why sit around waiting for the night time festivities to begin when you can start your celebration right away!

 

JULY 5 FRIDAY EVENING FIRST FRIDAYS 7 AT 7 SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:00 p.m. $30  

MAJESTIC RED WINES OF WASHINGTON STATE

Chris Costales explores some very deserving wines from celebrated producers like Leonetti, L'Ecole, Hedges, Sparkman & more.  

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

JULY 6  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $30

TEN WINES

OUR 2nd EMPANADA FEST FEATURING THE GREAT WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA

Jessica Martinez selects her favorite wines from Argentina, Chile & Uruguay.  Great tasting empanadas furnished by Cesar's Bistro of Long Beach.

 

JULY 11  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

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

SIX WINES

REFRESHING WHITES FROM BASQUE COUNTRY:  TXAKOLINA!

Explore the tangy-tart whites with a little sparkle.  Pronounced "chalk-oh-LEEN-ah", these vivacious wines are sure to be your new summer favorite.  Kevin Lepisto hosts.

 

JULY 12 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $50  

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

KEVIN LEPISTO'S SUMMER PORT TASTING! 

Of course it's counter-intuitive.  But port wine--the real kind from Portugal--is so delicious, so compelling, so ageworthy and timeless it's a shame we only get to drink these classic wines in the winter.  Kevin pulls out the big boys, tawnies & Vintage ports.  Producers include Quinta do Vesuvio, Taylor-Fladgate, Fonseca, Dow's, Graham's and more.    

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

JULY 13  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

BOURGOGNE ROUGE:  RED BURGUNDY

Our French wine manager Samantha Dugan pours complex red wines from the world's most famous--and prestigious--Pinot Noir region.  A real treat for wine lovers.

 

JULY 18  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

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

SIX WINES

OUTSTANDING WHITE WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA

If you haven't explored the whites of South Africa, you are in for a surprise!  Crisper and fresher tasting than many of our own white wines, this may be where you turn for summer refreshment this year.  Jessica Martinez hosts.

 

JULY 19 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $60  

SPOTLIGHT ON ITALY

TUSCANY'S GREAT RED WINE:  BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

Some new vintages of Brunello have arrived, and our Italian wine manager Kevin Lepisto is eager to share them with you, along with some previous vintages from some very accomplished producers.  

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

JULY 20  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE!  CALIFORNIA SUMMER WHITES

Refreshing summer white wines tailor-made for warm summer afternoons.  All from California.

 

JULY 24  WEDNESDAY EVENING

7:30 p.m. $25

BEERVENTURE:  SPOTLIGHT ON THE BRUERY!

Join our beer guru Nic Bradley as he welcomes the award-winning brewery from Orange County for an entire evening of innovative beer.  

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

 

JULY 25  THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

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

SIX WINES

ALPINE WHITE WINES FROM FRANCE'S SAVOIE & JURA

Some of the world's greats wines for cheese, these little-known wines are grown in the foothills of the Alps.  These are also some of our favorite aperitif wines and very useful dinner wines.  Samantha Dugan hosts.

 

JULY 26 FRIDAY EVENING SIT-DOWN TASTING

7:30 p.m. $50  

OUTSTANDING DOMESTIC PINOT NOIRS WITH GUEST WINEMAKER BRIAN MAST OF WAITS-MAST

Join Chris Costales as he introduces impressive Pinot Noirs from The Hilt, Wayfarer, Lucia, Waits-Mast and other boutique artisan Pinots. Waits-Mast owner Brian Mast returns to The Wine Country to lend further insight into his Pinot Noirs.   

Reservations Only  Call (562) 597-8303

 

JULY 27  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

1 to 4 p.m.  $25

TEN WINES

THE NEWEST WINE TREND:  REFRESHING SUMMER RED WINES

Not all red wines need to be blockbusters.  In fact, if we want to drink red wines in the heat of the summer, we may want to select wines that can take a bit of a chill.  These are red wines you want to drink cool to the tongue, wines suited for a summer picnic.

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