Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘wine’

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From Oenology to Criminology

From Oenology to Criminology
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Northern California may be renowned for its vintages, but the state’s wine industry “actually was born near El Pueblo de Los Angeles.” Whatever one’s feelings may be about the Spanish missionaries, we must thank them for planting, nurturing, and then in 1782 harvesting their first vintage at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Vineyards were cultivated at […]

Wine Walk

Wine Walk

Pasadena Playhouse District is indulging our love of wine and offering “Wine Walk” on May 2nd. Swirl. Sip. Stroll. Stop by the Playhouse to pick up the program and receive a souvenir wine glass, then stroll to six different venues—including Red White + Bluezz, Jacob Maarse, and Monopole—for tastings, discounts, and to enjoy live entertainment. […]

What the Wind Wrought at Gerlach’s

What the Wind Wrought at Gerlach’s

We love Gerlach’s for so many reasons—the warmth of owners Lewy and Fred Fedail, the fabulous bargain wines, the really good stuff in the climate-controlled room (ask the brothers; they know their wines), the collection of ports and sherries, the small-town feel of the place—and now, thanks to Pasadena’s December 1st almost-hurricane, we have something […]

A Taste of Pasadena, Take 20

A Taste of Pasadena, Take 20

“Please, Sir, may I have some more?” The 20th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena approaches quickly! $25 allows for All-You-Can-Eat samples from 30 participating restaurants, sponsored by the Old Pasadena Management District. Here are some of our favorites: Mignon Chocolate – dark chocolate ginger with sea salt, chili pepper ganache and Cuban mojito; just a few of […]

Chef LQ & More at Vertical

Chef LQ & More at Vertical

Quietly, with few people noticing, one of L.A.’s most exciting and innovative chefs has taken residence in Pasadena. His name is Laurent Quenioux, and some of you no doubt tried his food back when he ran the on-the-edge (for Pasadena) Bistro K in South Pasadena. Next came the chic Bistro LQ in L.A., which didn’t […]

Monopole Not So Hot

Monopole Not So Hot

A few nights ago, a friend and I were debating whether to go to Elements Kitchen (and its swanky bar) or drop in to Monopole Wine before a movie. We were more in the mood for wine and reasoned that newcomer Monopole would be a better choice. Wrong. But it looked okay at first. I […]

The Second Annual Pasadena Wine Festival

The Second Annual Pasadena Wine Festival

The Second Annual Pasadena Wine Festival is not in Pasadena at all, but in Arcadia, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, a venue which is no stranger to large events. There will be roughly one wine for every acre—125 wines from around the globe to the Arboretum’s 127 acres (though we’re hoping they’re not, you […]

Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Festival

Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Festival

Drinking wine coupled with fighting cancer—can you think of a better match than that? Drinking and dancing? Yep, there will be that, too.  It will be a triple date at the 5th annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk benefiting City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes and other […]

Heritage Wine Company

Heritage Wine Company

Pasadena lacks a few kinds of essential food-and-drink establishments (like a proper deli and a really good gastropub à la the York), but it’s doing great in the wine bar department. There’s been a fair amount of hoopla around such places as Noir, Vertical, Bodega and the Wine Detective, but somehow we hadn’t noticed what […]

Raise a Glass to Raise a Home

Raise a Glass to Raise a Home

The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Family Selection Committee is holding a “FUNdraiser” on Friday, March 19 at the Wine Cave in Montrose. “A Taste of Home” costs $40 per person; the ticket includes wines, appetizers from Damon’s Restaurant and music by the Sam Palmer Group. If you buy wine at the event, the […]

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