I had the opportunity to visit Pourtal recently for one of their tasting events. It was a really fun experience and there’s always opportunity to learn just a bit more about wine while enjoying the pairings with bite-sized food. Fortunately, they always have educational &Â libational eventsÂ coming up – including tonight, which particularly piqued my interest. Why?
For today’s installmentÂ of Pourtal’s participation inÂ â€œNatural Wine Week LAâ€ (going on through Sunday),Â they’re hosting Jared Brandt from 7 – 9 PM, who hails from the the wife &Â husband-owned Donkey and Goat winery. Operating out of Berkeley, Tracey and Jared Brandt are the â€œ…donkey and goat behind these naturally made wines that are distinctive, soulful and truly represent the earth from which they come.” I first tried their 2009Â “Isabel’s Cuvee” Granche Rose at Allston Yacht Club with H.C. and can honestly say this is probably one of the only roses I would heartily recommend given my limited rose knowledge. The whole tasting of 5 Donkey and Goat wines is only $15. Arrive at Pourtal a little early for their 4 – 7 PM Happy Hour to take advantage of their $5 glasses of wine and $4 delicious eats (try their tater tots) and you’re set.
In the meantime, have a great weekend, everyone. Don’t forget that Cinespia in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery kicks the summer off tomorrow with a screening of Wizard of Oz ($10 donation). Also, the all-new Nice Cream Vegan Ice Cream parlor opens on the Cahuenga Pass in Studio City.
Friday, May 14, 2010
7 – 9 PM
$15 for 5 wines
Pourtal Wine Bar
104 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CAâ€Ž 90401