Wine connoisseurs can determine facts about their wine from taste alone, such as what kind of wood cask it was aged in to the grape-stomper's shoe size. Hone your detective skills with this deal to A Summer Evening Soiree: A Taste of Wine Country at The Westin Los Angeles Airport. For $25, you get one ticket for Thursday, July 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (up to a $50 value).
In a celebration of the approach of summer, wine lovers converge on The Westin Los Angeles Airport's spacious convention hall and its starlit terrace for an evening of tastings and socializing. California winemakers pour unlimited drams of their vintages and interact with the adoring public, and tasters sip and swirl their choices and pair them with gourmet foods. Samples of chocolates and desserts add sweet complexity to the libations, and olive oils lubricate tongues for arguments over what a "tannin" is. A soothsayer lays out mystic patterns of tarot cards for attendees who want to foresee their chances at the prize drawing, which includes pet-centric prizes such as wine-bottle squeeze toys.