Friday is National Drink Wine Day

National Drink Wine day

It seems like there’s an official day for absolutely everything, but tomorrow is probably the day commandeering an act that should be performed every day: Drinking wine.

If you feel like going out, there’s a couple places around town that will make it easy to celebrate:

Corkbar (Downtown)

This downtown, California-centric wine bar will be offering a flight of 3 wines for only $10. If you unlock the Foursquare Swarm Badge by checking in with 49 other wine-drinking, social media hangers-on, you’ll also unlock the incentive to receive extended happy hour specials—that is, $2 off drafts, $8 select wine, and half-priced select appetizers— for the remainder of the night. (To note: Normally, happy hour runs from 5 – 7 PM.) Delicioso!

Napa Valley Grille (Westwood)

Feeling confident about your wine palate? Wine Director Christina Sherwood will be leading a “Guess the Grape” game for guests, who will get to guess the varietal of a wine not currently on Napa Valley Grille’s wine list. Should you guess correctly, you’ll win a complimentary glass of wine. Fun!

Obika Mozzarella Bar (Century City)

Stop by for “Aperitivo Hour” between 4:30 – 7 PM for some tasty, mozzarella-focused bites and half-off wine. Again: Delicioso!

Feel like celebrating with a loved one or with friends (ok – maybe yourself) at home? Visit one of my favorite shops, including Domaine LA, Wally’s Wine, Silverlake Wine or K&L for some great vino selections. Their staff are always knowledgable and can recommend a great bottle or two across all different price ranges for your enjoyment.

Another good idea is to stop by the excellent Bar Covell wine bar in Los Feliz for a glass or three. It’s got just my kind of ambiance – casual, cool and not uppity. Feeling like accompanying your wine with some great cheese? Head on over to Cube on La Brea. Be sure to make a reservation if you plan on visiting during the evening because even the bar seating is reserved – and trust me, it will be packed. If you’re on the Westside, stop by Pourtal for their normal happy hour (4 – 7 PM: $5 wine and apps) and pours from their enomatic machines.

Whatever the case and however you choose to celebrate, Happy National Drink Wine Day!

Mentioned in this post:

Corkbar
403 W 12th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Obika Mozzarella Bar at Century City Mall
10250 S Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Domaine LA
6801 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Wally’s Wine
2107 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Silver Lake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

K&L
1400 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Bar Covell
4628 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027-5408

Cube
615 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Pourtal
104 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Downtown CorkBar Will Do You A Solid

Ballpark Sliders | Pork sausage patty, mustard and relish on pretzel bun

There could be an general acceptance that wine bars get a pass on offering good food since diners would be expected to focus on the wine. Well, no more.

Cheddar Cheese Gougeres

CorkBar was a pleasant surprise, however, in that almost everything I had to eat I genuinely enjoyed. Of course, the guys there have a few suggestions as to which California wine they would pair with your food order – and I’d surely recommend taking their advice. In fact, they’re rather adventurous in the kitchen, too. Every Tuesday night is “Test Kitchen Tuesday,” when Chef Albert Aviles makes a market-inspired dish that sells for $2 until they run out. In fact, the Ballpark Sliders are a Test Kitchen Tuesday success story, and you can now find it on their regular menu. Be ready to try out some creative bites on these days.

The Cheddar Cheese Gougeres are flavorful poofs that come to your table warm and fluffy. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Rose and Sparkling Wine are suggested on the menu to pair with them. The other things that came to our table, like the Curried Mussels and my extra refreshing Root Vegetable Salad were delicious. But the tastes that basically hit it out of the park had to be the Root Beer Braised Short Ribs and (perfectly) Seared (super big) Sea Scallops.

Root Beer Braised Short Ribs | Served over cheesy polenta

But don’t forget dessert. Apparently Chef Albert is just as creative with his sweet dishes as with his appetizers. Lo and behold, he brought out an off-the-menu bacon chocolate cake for us lucky diners. (Or, you can always stick with the creme brulee.)

Bacon Chocolate Cake

Regardless of what you order off the menu, you’ll always be treated to their fabulous selection of California wines and locally-sourced, farm-fresh fare. They also always have a few interesting brews on tap (mostly Californian) and in the bottle (some German). Plus, their selections are always changing, keeping the culinary vibe alive and breathing. The decor is appropriately “downtown” contemporary, so you can be sure that you’ll always have an enjoyable, modern experience wining and dining in Downtown LA at CorkBar.

I’ll see you there.

All food and wine were hosted.

CorkBar Interior

Fall Menu

Test Kitchen Tuesday Nights: $2 bites (limited supply)

CorkBar
403 W. 12th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.746.0050