Like a flight on a plane, a wine flight rarely ends in the city where it begins and always leaves participants with carefree, windblown hair. Hop on a red or white jumbo jet of flavor with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one wine flight of selected red or white California wines with cheese pairings at the aptly named California Wine and Cheese, in inland-imperial Monrovia.
Though freedom to choose your own pairings is good for believers in true love and eclectic décor, professionally paired flavor combos showcase the best qualities of each ingredient. A retail shop outfitted with a handsome tasting bar, California Wine and Cheese stocks wines produced exclusively in California, regularly consisting of over 200 selections. Wine flights consist of four to five samplings and change every Friday, giving customers a chance to gain a broad appreciation for all kinds of wine. If you've already sampled one or more wines from the flight, just wait a week and new choices of red or white wine will magically appear. To complement the characteristics of each wine, a sampling of imported and domestic cheeses accompanies each flight. Because California Wine and Cheese sells the goods to take home, you can purchase the wines and cheeses you like best to re-create the pairings at home for dinner guests and culinarily curious cats.
The California Wine and Cheese shop also has a secret identity, doubling its crime-fighting powers as an art gallery. New installations are featured every six weeks, giving you the chance to absorb some eye-flavors as you experience the face-tastes of each flight. Flights are available whenever the shop is open.
California Wine and Cheese is closed on Mondays. Last pour is 20 minutes before close.
- Add an assortment of rare and exotic cheeses from all over the world with a glass of sparkling wine or white wine, makes for a pleasant trip to Monrovia. – Michael J., Lifestyle: Food and Wine
- Tom Dugan is not only one of the wittiest, friendliest proprietors in the local wine business, he really knows about his wines. Every tasting pour comes with a tidbit of information about the wine, its maker and terroir…This is the type of wine shop that every town wants but only Monrovia has. – Monrovino, TripAdvisor