As the years have led to urban expansion, only one Los Angeles winery has stood the test of time. The San Antonio Winery and Restaurant in Lincoln Heights is so beloved as a local drinking institution, it was given cultural monument status in 1966. Since then, the hidden-away winery, down a few side streets in an industrial part of the downtown area, has been quietly serving up glasses of fine wine from their Italian-style villa. Terracotta roofs and tall greenery line the exterior of this operational winery, which has been bottling since 1917. Free wine tastings and tours are available daily, and the attached Maddalena restaurant serves homey Italian food.
Bernard's Wine Gallery, a wine store with thousands of old and rare fine wines for sale, welcomes both wine neophytes and grizzled oenophiles to sip from its fine vat of liquefied vinefruits. Bernard Rosenson, who owns Bernard's Wine Gallery with his wife Cynthia, also owns Coquelicot Estate Vineyard, the organically farmed vineyard featured in this tasting. Six Coquelicot wines preside in the elegant tasting room, including the 2006 Bordeaux Blend, which won a gold medal at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition for its dark, complex taste. Guests will swirl and sip in luxury, blissfully whisking away memories of Twilight Zone episodes where clubs of giant wine bottles attended a human tasting. Tastings run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Eighty-one-thousand vines grow across Malibu Family Wines' 90-acre vineyard, producing eight varietals in total, including cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, and malbec. Once bottled and corked, many of the vineyard's Semler and Saddlerock wines end up at the tasting room in Los Olivos, a homey space with indoor and outdoor seating, occasional live music, and a large wooden tasting bar where customers are free to smell, sample, and swirl away. Those who enjoy the wines can rejoice knowing there's more where that came from?the vineyard expects to increase its vine total to 100,000 in the near future.
Owner and sommelier Jeff Bernstein enjoys getting to know his clients’ personalities, but he might confess that he is most interested in their tastebuds. Bernstein keeps running palate profiles of his customers, seeking out the selections that satisfy their wishes for bold flavors, delicate aromas, or grape jelly in a really nice bottle. He specializes in discovering hard-to-find varieties from boutique winemakers, and visits vineyards himself to turn up unique finds and tasting room exclusives. Should clients request additional grapy guidance, Bernstein can arrange wine tasting parties in their homes with samples and appetizers.
The West Coast is home to some of the most beautiful wine country in the world, with rolling vineyards and tasty nectars behind every cork. ALLuxury connects visitors to the land through private tours of these grape havens with wine tastings, cheese and chocolate pairings, and special gifts along the way. Best of all, many luxuries are at your fingertips inside ALLuxury’s limousines and other vehicles that shuttle you from winery to winery in comfort. In addition to Santa Barbara, Temecula, and Napa Valley tours, the company also takes groups to Las Vegas once a year.
Malibu Discovery Tours' experienced guides shepherd locals and visitors on various tours of the salt-air scenery around Malibu?s coasts and wineries. As guests summit mountains at sunrise, the guides point out celebrity mansions, exquisite wildlife, and the laundromats of Hollywood elites. In between views of the ocean and passes through mountain landscapes, tour groups can watch the rolling vineyards of local wine country and look for amorous initial carvings by a teenage John Adams on Old Malibu's historic building fa?ades.