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Kelsi Maree | Photo: Tim Skogstrom | July 12, 2013
L.A. oenophiles rarely go thirsty. After all, we have budding vines stretching across our state from Napa to Temecula Valley, not forgetting, of course, our very own Malibu vineyards. The wine-centric landscape promises a great tasting expedition is only a weekend trip away, but for those suffering from serious cravings, a midweek wine rendezvous is just what the doctor ordered. Expand your palate at these local wine-tasting destinations, filled with California’s best and beyond.
The premier tasting room for Cielo Winery, this wine well sits cliffside in Malibu to offer views of the rolling hills and manicured vineyards. Sip on the winery’s expansive selection from an outdoor swing under trees and take in the rustic scene. 2598 Sierra Creek Road, Agoura Hills, 818.865.0440, sipmalibu.com
The most refined palates will tingle when trying more than 30 wines on the seasonally rotating tasting menu. While you’re roaming through the 18,000-square-foot complex, book one of the weekly class sessions to sharpen your knowledge. 2311 Cotner Ave., L.A., 310.479.3731, winehouse.com
Sneak away to the Santa Monica Mountains for a true wine retreat in the rustic tasting room of the Cornell Winery, featuring bottles from local growers and wineries. 29975 Mulholland Highway, Cornell, 818.735.3542, cornellwinery.com
San Antonio Winery
Learn while you taste at L.A.’s oldest working vineyard. Daily tours will let you sip your way through a robust selection of reds and whites while you learn about the vineyard’s deep roots. 737 Lamar St., L.A., 323.223.1401, sanantoniowinery.com
Los Angeles Wine Tasting
Enhance your wine mind at the Wine Aroma Training and Blind Tasting on July 27. Offered through Los Angeles Wine Tasting, the monthly intensive day-long course will measure your wine knowledge during a blind tasting with wines from around the world. 4019 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., lawinetasting.com