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:

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

1400 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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

615 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

104 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Beer, Barnsdall & Swingers With Silverlake Wine

Barnsdall Hollyhock House

Photo credit to Flickr 7500

Barnsdall Park and Silverlake Wine have made it a summer tradition to hold weekly wine tastings on Friday nights at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House. An interesting LA Weekly article came out a couple weeks ago reporting on a light tension between hipsters and kid-toutin’ Eastsiders – but it looks like this Labor Day weekend is occasion to mix things up a little. It decidedly favors the kidless – that is, unless your son is dating and you’re teaching him how to leave epic “answering machine” messages for girls. Just be sure to let him know his voicemail message is now bound to end up on the internet.

Instead of wine flights, there will be an artisan beer tasting, also hosted by Silverlake Wine – and a screening of Swingers to follow. The outdoor movie night will also take place on Saturday – what with more recovery time allowed for the long weekend. And what a perfect Los Angeles-shot movie. Nevermind that 310 (westside) girls were favored. What did Mike, Trent and Rob know, anyway? (Oh right – 310 would be me. Barely!)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

5:30 – 7:30 PM Beer tasting

8 PM Swingers (1996)

Cost: $25
(includes artisan beer tasting & $10 donation for Swingers screening)


Hollyhock House
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90027