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.
With the popularity of burgers in this city still going strong, Comme Ã‡a’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 theirÂ bun and patty combos beyond the classic.
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 Ã‡a will be offering a list of “Cellar Finds,â€ 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 â€“ 11 PM
Comme Ã‡a 8479 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood, CA 90069 323.782.1104
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
Call to reserve $95 per person including wine pairings
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 goalÂ as importersÂ 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