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.
Zuri Wine Tasting's wine enthusiast Tuanni Price and her staff travel far and wide to introduce groups to their new favorite vintages. During in-home tastings, customers can create candy-cane-colored lips with the help of reds and whites such as pinot noir, syrah, and riesling. After setting up a wine bar with the night's choices and glasses, specialists offer information about each selection along with pours. Light snacks such as crackers, cheeses, and chocolate cleanse palates between sips and intertwine delicately with the nuanced wine flavors.
In the past, Zuri Wine Tasting has also organized special events such as blindfolded wine tastings and tastings paired with movie screenings. Wine tours chauffeur groups on a motor coach from Los Angeles to Solvang, where they enjoy a mimosa brunch followed by a tasting at Rideau Vineyard.
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.
At 55 Degree Wine, the owners love to show off their collection of off-the-beaten-path wines and beer by filling their calendar with regular tastings hosted in the warmly lit dining room. They primarily show off Italian wines, which comprise about 90% of their bottles and also stock a few bottles from Argentina, Portugal, Spain, and Australia. They pair their beverage explorations with cheese and charcuterie plates, thin crust pizzas, and even non-alcoholic beverages such as Fentimans Botanically Brewed Sodas, to ad even more layers to the experience.
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.
Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at Downtown Long Beach's Wine Down Lounge, a local wine bar. A fine selection of domestic and imported wines is also available. For comfortable outdoor service, Wine Down Lounge sets up a seasonal patio. Get your whole crew together at Wine Down Lounge, offering lots of special space for larger parties. Feel free to bring your lil' tail-wagger with you — this bar is a pet-friendly place.
Patrons have the option of feeding the meter at the nearby street parking or taking advantage of the bar's valet service.
Wine Down Lounge offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.