The perfect food and wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Create a cause for culinary celebration with today's deal: for $25, you get two premium wine flights and a six-piece crostini sampler at Wine Expo in Santa Monica (a $50 value).
Wine Expo is a veritable candy store for wine lovers, featuring a well-curated selection of unusual wines including bottles imported directly from small, family-owned wineries throughout Europe. While most wines at grocery and liquor stores are milked from a few varieties of indifferently grazing grapes, the Wine Expo seeks out scores of renowned grape lineages, providing a wide array of complex flavors. Mosey up to the tasting bar to sample the profundity of a complex white, such as the Villa Erbice soave superiore that hails from Venice and boasts a smooth, nutty finish. The Jacùss tazzelenghe is a zestier vintage from Friuli, an area of Italy known for its wine-filled volcanoes. Wash down grape nectar with a delectable six-piece set of crostini rounds of sourdough baguette piled with griddle-toasted meats, cheeses, and veggies. Wine selections are subject to change.
At Wine Expo, named one of the "10 Best Wine & Spirit Shops in LA" by Los Angeles Magazine, racks teem with wine, craft beer, and liquor from every corner of the globe, plus, a generous selection of real Champagne. The knowledgeable staffers on hand know the difference between standard fruity, oak-infused bottles with lackluster taste and knockout wines that accentuate dinners of red meat or red crayons. They help guide oenophiles in selecting Portuguese whites or Tuscan reds, and organic sparkling white wines or a 31-year-old bottle of scotch. At the wine bar, sippers can sample the flavors for themselves, with flights of three whites, three to four reds, or glasses of beer. Small plates accompany the drinks, including mild cheeses, prosciutto, and crostini.