Food and Wine Adventures in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Video shot and produced by John Beck.

Last July, I was invited to the incredible Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County for a multi-day excursion in tasting and learning about the region’s wines and the combined food experiences that can be had throughout the area. The wines the region is known for are primarily Zinfandel are Sauvignon Blanc but also some distinct, under-the-radar Rhône style wines.

The experience really changed how I viewed Zinfandel; I now consider it one of my dinner wine candidates — reframing its peppery-ness as an asset. It was so great to hear about the county’s aim to be an entirely sustainable and how the wine-growing region is already 70% there. In the video, I visit 3 vineyards in a day — however, I basically visited 7 overall. It’s hard work, really. Tasting wine.

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Tuesday Comme Ça Burger Nights Start Tomorrow

Comme Ça Burger

With the popularity of burgers in this city still going strong, Comme Ça’s David Myers has decided to capitalize on his burger’s longtime reputation as being one of the best burgers in LA (or more specifically, The Best Brasserie Burger in LA). Tomorrow, the Melrose Avenue restaurant will start a Tuesday Burger Night weekly and expand their bun and patty combos beyond the classic.

Check below for your gourmet burger options:

  • Comme Ca Burger – $18
  • Swiss Melt Burger – $18
    Angus beef, gruyere cheese, mushrooms, butter lettuce, crispy onion rings, French fries, garlic aioli
  • Black and Blue Burger – $18
    Angus beef, bleu cheese, red onion, bacon, French fries, garlic aioli
  • Lamb Merguez Burger – $16
    Lamb sausage, roasted peppers and caramelized onions, arugula on ciabatta bun, French fries, harissa aioli
  • Breakfast Burger – $14
    House made pork sausage, egg sunny side up, white gravy, on an English muffin, lyonnaise potato
  • CCVB – $14 (Comme Ca Veggie Burger)
    Cashew & pine nuts, garbanzo bean, ajuwan-tomato jam on a tofu bun, baby kale and spinach salad

And since these burgers call for a better pairing than a fountain coke, Comme Ça will be offering a list of “Cellar Finds,” or rare wines, at special values to wash your special burger down.

You know where to be tomorrow night (or the Tuesday night after that, and after that). Not a bad place to go after a couple cocktails at The Roger Room (you’ll want to get to The Room earlier than later)!

Dinner: 5:30 PM – 11 PM

Comme Ça
8479 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tableside-Prepared Dinner With the Chef at Asia de Cuba

Credit to kayone73 on Flickr

Next Tuesday, the second in a series of special dinners at Asia de Cuba will take place. Chef Philip Du Bose will not only be preparing a 3-course, prix fixe meal for all attendees, but will be demonstrating the preparations of them, tableside.

The menu includes a classic, seasonal and specialty item:

Classic – Tuna Pica
Seasonal – Turbot
Special – Ropa Vieja en Salade

Christina Alvarez of Conde de Valdemar winery will be on-hand to pair each course with wine. It’ll be an evening filled with a great mix of education, delicious food and good company in a beautiful, Philippe Starck-designed dining setting. Be sure to call to make your reservation as spots are filling up fast! I’ll see you there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2010

7 PM

Call to reserve
$95 per person including wine pairings

Asia de Cuba at The Mondrian
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Face to Face Wine Tasting at K&L Wines

Wine Cellar, Maipú | Credit to Travel Aficionado on Flickr

While there’s been an influx of Argentinan wines in our market, lately, sometimes it’s hard to know just what’s what. Factor in the price point and that only makes things more confusing. Fortunately, Face to Face wine importers make it their goal to dispel the myths. They’ll be doing a tasting on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 5:30 – 7 PM at K&L on Vine Street – my new neighborhood spot. It will run you a mere $5.

If you visit Argentina, it doesn’t take long to experience the thoughtfulness and care put into the winemaking. Our goal as importers is to echo this tradition through unmatched quality and value in the wines we bring back. We make sure that every wine is hand-picked with this in mind. The idea that good wine has to be fussy has never translated for the Argentine people, and for us as well.

– Lloyd A. Kasman and Jolly Sood of Face to Face Wine

See you there!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

5:30 – 7 PM


K & L Wine Merchants
1400 Vine Street
Hollywood, California 90028