National Wine Day is this Tuesday, May 25th, and outside from getting blitzed in your kitchen, there are some truly inventive ways to celebrate National Wine Day in L.A. too!
Toast the holiday at a Wine Bar
Esters Wine Shop & Bar offers Happy Hour every day and from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays with $9 glasses of House Wine and snacks like Burrata and Crostini starting at just $10. Plus, no corkage on anything purchased at Esters!
Take the opportunity to try a new Wine Shop.
If up until this point, your local wine shop has been Trader Joe's, then it's time to step your game up! Vinovore in Silverlake is a wine shop founded by Coly Den Haan and carries female winemakers almost exclusively! Visit the shop for some winesplaining from the staff or to pick up a truly unforgettable gift box that goes way beyond the bottle.
Make your OWN Wine
Take your love of wine to the next level and MAKE SOME at The Blending Lab on West 3rd Street.
Founded by three “LA Day Dreamers,” The Blending Lab offers Wine Blending Classes both indoors and online ($110), Tasting Flights (Starting at $25 for 3 wines); and Self Guided Wine Blending ($60). Post-COVID these must all be pre-booked on their website.
Try a Natural Wine
Have you heard of natural wines? In short, it's the cleanest glass of vino you'll ever find, although not all natural wines are created equal. This year, make National Wine Day in LA a natural wine day with brands like RedThumb Natural Wines. They offer a Tempranillo, a Rosé, and a Chardonnay all under $20 made with just 3 ingredients listed right there on the bottle. Your liver will thank you :)
Drink an L.A. Based Wine Maker
The Vice Wine brand gets its grapes from Napa, but has its heart in Los Angeles. Founded by L.A.-based husband and wife duo Malek Amrani and Torie Greenberg Amrani, they are dedicated to small-batch, single varietal wines that are low in sulfites, certified vegan, and contain no added chemicals.
What's the easiest way to give in to your "vices"?: Canned wine with no added sugar and under 100 calories. Choose between the Bubbly Rosé and the Casablanca Mojito Wine Cocktail ($29 for 4) and take advantage of free shipping and discounts for first-time customers on their website.
Go Virtual Wine Tasting
Enjoy your own private wine tasting without having to hire a driver when you order a kit from In Good Taste.
What I like best about this brand is that you can schedule your own private tasting as it fits your schedule. Plus, it's FREE with the $65 tasting kit price if you can gather a group of 6 together or participate in one of their FREE Instagram Live tastings if you're solo. The kit features eight rather large pours in stunning apothecary-style bottles that you're encouraged to keep past the tasting. During the class, you'll learn how to taste your wine, a little about all the wine regions, and what to look for when you're out shopping for your own bottles
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