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.
Hollywood Grape Escapes transports guests to and from wine country in one, fun-filled day. Inside the shuttle bus, knowledgeable tour guides educate guests about wine tasting before putting their palates to test in either Santa Barbara County or Temecula Valley. Both options include time to take in a wine tasting, as well as explore the area?s casinos or scenic towns.
Cozy candlelight and flickering lanterns cast soft shadows in 55 Degree Wine?s cellar, where waiters eagerly pair customers? palates with weekly rotating wines. Featured on Best of LA Weekly in 2012 for its wine program, the winery stocks more than 2,000 labels, of which up to 60 are spotlighted in the cellar?s monthly lineup of pours. Though most vintages are Italian, ambrosias from Europe, South America, and other far-flung climes find homes in the shop after being tasted and approved by store owners. The thermostat, appropriately set to 55 degrees, helps keep elixirs fresh and patrons comfortable, but guests may wish to bring a sweater or particularly affectionate bear.
Wings Limousine's fleet of luxury vehicles shuttle passengers to and from their destinations in style. Whether seated at the helm of a sleek stretch limo with club lighting, a jet-black Town Car, or a Ford Excursion six-person SUV, the courteous and prompt chauffeurs navigate traffic while passengers sit back and enjoy the ride. Besides conveying wedding guests to and from their venue or dropping travelers at the airport, Wings' limos can also be booked for tours, during which, the elegant rides whisk passengers on scenic excursions through Temecula wine country or past the area's most breathtaking postal routes.
Intent on contributing to the rise of an Old World-style wine country in Temecula Valley, Rev Winery harvests grapes from more than 30 acres of vineyards to create organic, palate-friendly wines. These grapes include traditional European vinifera varietals, producing everything from syrah and merlot to cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese, but the winery embraces modern, New World-driven advancements in winemaking techniques and technologies. Rev Winery also features a robust zinfandel made from 43-year-old vines, which are easily identifiable thanks to their Nixon-Agnew presidential campaign stickers.
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.