Wine & Watch

Wine & Watch

Step 1. Get a bottle of wine

Step 2. Pick a movie to watch

Step 3. Repeat next week

HIP HIP HOORAY! Week 2 of Wine & Watch. Pairing movies with a glass (or bottle) of wine. This particular pairing was limited because ArcLight theaters in Hollywood only had two options, but two is better than none. I was such a fan of the movie this week that I needed it to be the next Wine & Watch. Nothing, and I MEAN NOTHING is better than wine served at a movie theater. Simple but unheard of in a lot of places. Who doesn’t want to lounge in the overly comfy, Lay-Z-Boy esque chair in a completely dark room watching a great movie with a glass of wine. Sounds more relaxing than hearing the radios from the cars sitting in traffic outside my Los Feliz apartment drinking a barely chilled bottle of rosé. I could argue you this for hours, but end of story – if you are going to go see a movie, make sure they serve wine.

Movie of choice: Crazy Rich Asians

W O W. This movie completely rocked my world. It’s hilarious, extravagant and extremely well done. I will not lie, I love love love a good romance. But I also can appreciate the depths this movie ventured to in order to candidly show this wealthy lifestyle seen commonly in Asia. Singapore looks like a dream and they did a spectacular job with filming and music. The soundtrack made you feel the extravagance in your bones. Go. See. It. Trust me, you do not know “well off” until you take a trip to the Young’s family estate in Singapore and Astrid’s 1.5 mill pair of earrings.. Dreamy.

Also – Rachel & Nick (the main couple) are wonderful actors and have a ton of chemistry. Casting was very well done! My favorite character, hands down, is Goh Peik Lin. She absolutely killed it. Delivery, improv, everything was extremely well done. Fav fav fav

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I will be buying the next ticket from LAX-Singapore, BYE!

I have yes to read the book series, written by Kevin Kwan. But after loving the movie I will probably HAVE to read the books. It’s rare that I like a movie more than the novel, but this might be an exception. Let’s just say the budget did not seem TIGHT on this doozy of a film.

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Wine of choice (of the two): Cabernet Sauvignon 

This is not to say they only offer two wines in the ArcLight cafe, the wine list is below. Pretty typical selection. But at the popcorn kiosks, they only had two options and I was running right on time and had no intention of skipping the previews dining in the cafe. Between the Chardonnay and Cab, I went with red. Movie theaters are cold and doesn’t a Cab just fit the bit?

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Source: ArcLight Hollywood

A Cabernet Sauvignon is bold. Just like this movie. You can feel the warmth of a good California Cab from the moment it hits your tongue to even after swallowing. They are hearty, powerful and distinct wines that carry a bit of California sunshine as artillery.  It was a $12 glass of wine in a plastic cup, so do not be fooled, it was nothing glamorous. But it was a lovely sipper during a great film.

This Wine & Watch was a bit off kilter, but here’s a reason to go out and see a movie! Have a date night or enjoy it by yourself (like I did) and have a relationship with your glass of Cab! I love movies, I love wine and I think pairing them together is quite possibly my favorite combination. This movie was heartwarming, hilarious and transcended traditional Hollywood in many ways. A big bold badass wine paired very nicely. I will most likely be seeing the movie again, but if you haven’t seen it yet: THERE IS A SHOWTIME NEAR YOU I PINKIE PROMISE. Enjoy your Thursday, I am currently grabbing my passport and getting a one way ticket to Singapore.

 

LA LA Land

LA LA Land

Los Angeles, California. Boy oh boy do I love this city. On the western seaboard of the United States is a sunny, trendy and delicious destination. You’ve probably been, but if you haven’t it is a wonderful and packed place to go. The “industry” here in Los Angeles is the entertainment industry. But the wine ‘industry’ is also prominent. Wine is mostly consumed here in Los Angeles, but if you can believe it, vineyards are popping up all around town. Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Malibu and more have started planting and bottling wine from households backyards or massive estates.

But today let’s talk wine bars. YES. YUM. Heaven is a place on earth at a good wine bar. Typically wine bars only serve… wine. So don’t expect a vodka cran. If you are expecting to have an easy time choosing one off your google maps, think again, there are a lot to choose from. I’ve ‘tasted and traveled’ (using the bio for something) through Los Angeles to map out the best wine bars and tasting rooms in the LA county and not in any particular order. Enjoy!!

  • Bar Covell

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Los Feliz, CA

Mood lighting, NO wine list, beer on tap to drag along your friends who aren’t vinos (YET). The bartenders are educated on the wines carried at Bar Covell. They take your preferences and connect you to the wines they think will be right up your alley. Trying new wines is the key to keeping this industry growing and experimenting. You can order your classic Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, but these bartenders can also lead you in a direction to try a different producers or varietal. You are expanding your palette and getting a brief education on the wines you are drinking. 

http://www.barcovell.com

  • Rosenthal Tasting Room & Patio

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Source: Rosenthal – The Malibu Estate

Malibu, CA

Maybe I am slightly obsessed because I work here. But hear me out. This might be one of the best outdoor wine venues in the greater Los Angeles area. Right off PCH, across the street from Topanga beach, live music on the weekends and wine flights? One of their labels is 100% grown in Malibu (yes, you can grow grapes in Malibu and YES it’s good!). Food trucks on the weekend, live bands and endless wine create an atmosphere that is difficult to leave!

https://rosenthalestatewines.com/

  • SIP Malibu Grapes

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Source: SIP Malibu Grapes

Malibu, CA

Still in Malibu, SIP will be located through the canyon. This rustic and eclectic tasting room also offers wine flights, tastings and an outdoor space that they call “the backyard,” which truly feels like a comfortable backyard of a home. A different vibe for this place, relaxing and quiet as it is off the beaten path of Pacific Coast Highway. This tasting room has a selection of Malibu boutique vineyards and is not only limited to just one label. The perfect place for a wine tasting tour through Malibu canyons.

http://www.sipmalibugrapes.com/

  • Augustine Wine Bar

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Source: Eater LA

Sherman Oaks, CA

The valley. The valley has seeded quite possibly one of the chicest and most inviting wine bars in Los Angeles. But what do you know, the owner and genius behind Bar Covell (see above) he also happens to be the owner of this magical venue. This endeavor also happened to be with Matthew Kaner, Matthew is a spectacular sommelier and the president of Will Travel for Wine, INC. With this wine bar, these involved, creative and wine centric owners created an atmosphere that is unmatched. From Australia to Napa and around the world in 80 days, this wine list has the best of the best. Another plus: a mouth watering food menu, think ragu, charcuterie and cauliflower CHEDDAR soup. Wow is right.

I could go on and on with a list of wine bars in the Los Angeles area, and I plan to. But here is a part 1 of my LA LA Land wine bar debut. Follow along and stay updated with new posts about these dreamsicle businesses in Los Angeles.

What is your favorite wine bar in LA?

Roman ‘za

Roman ‘za

Roman style pizza, holy yum. Triple beam is a new and groundbreaking pizza joint in Highland Park, east of the 5 freeway. The way this pizza place works is you show with your hands how much you want and you can try as many of the pizza’s they have. This establishment has a wine shop, Highland Park Wine, a restaurant and bar, Hippo, and Triple Beam, the pizza place.

Hippo, which just opened around last week to the public showcases fresh and creative dishes for a casual yet lively dining experience.

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  • The wine list: VERY good. From Sherry on tap (my dream come true) to orange wine. With a showcase of wines from around the world, you feel more inclined to experiment. The incredible staff behind the bar are also A++ with suggestions for pairing.
  • The Sherry is “Aurora” from Bodegas Yuste Manzanilla, the MV next to Sherry on a menu stands for Multi Vintage, which can be explained by the mixing of vintages in the Sherry process.
  • Don’t forget – Sherry is sold and served in smaller bottles and pours. 750ml bottles and 3 oz pours.
  • In case you missed my previous post on Sherry, learn more about it here.

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The entire building was bought by the owners of Silverlake Wine (my second home apparently), therefore the wine selections are spectacular. The wines at Triple Beam are changing constantly but are all natural wines. There is something extremely enchanting about a lavish looking slice of heirloom tomato pizza, a rosé from Spain and an outdoor patio with twinkling lights and a warm atmosphere.

  • Triple Beam also offer $20 bottle specials for a showcased wine. THIS IS IMPORTANT. This is not only inexpensive for the incredible bottle and producer, but it’s a great way for new producers and unseen labels to be showcased with incentive.
    • The $20 bottle yesterday was a 2016 Garnacha Rosado, “Lechuza” from Spain. Served at the perfect chilled temperature, a task that some restaurants fail to do accurately. A dry wine with a berry, honeysuckle flavor and a fresh, lemon and floral aroma.
    • Paired perfectly with: one slice of pepperoni pizza, one slice of sausage pizza and one slice of heirloom tomato pizza. Delicious.

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Have you been to these Highland Park game changers? If not, GO. Word is spreading and popularity is growing. Enjoy!!