In Los Angeles the grey days are very few. When the sun decides to hide behind the clouds, that is the time when people in LA are most likely to talk about the weather. The norm here is cloudless with the sun blazing, so you could imagine why everyone goes into a tizzy when the clouds take over and the day is sunglasses optional.
Mark Adams is the assistant winemaker at Saxum, who makes his own wine for Ledge Vineyards called California Soul as well as the one we will focus on right now, Los Topos. Since we don’t really have seasons in Southern California, my clock starts to tick with the arrival of rosé. I know that summer is coming.
Let’s focus on the present though. It is a grey day. We are sitting on a beautiful patch of grass right by the SiIverlake Reservoir with a glass (or plastic cup) of Los Topos. The sun peeks through the clouds every once in awhile to remind us it’s there, but for the most part, the sky sets the tone for a lovely and tranquil day. Pleasantly day drunk, we soak it in and recharge for whatever curve balls the next day will throw to us.
Remember to take some time to stop and taste the roses.
You should force yourself to get out of town every once in awhile. When you live in a city that’s a bubble like Los Angeles it seems mandatory. We gathered a fun group of girls, travelled up to San Luis Obispo, and stayed at a place that has long been on my wish list: The Madonna Inn. It is as weird as the pictures you find of it and being there to experience this coastline gem filled me with wonder and astonishment.
Though we never leave town unprepared, we discovered the Madonna Inn has their own “private label” of wine that they sell at their Gourmet and Wine shop. We thought, “what the hell, let’s give it a try.” When most people say that they don’t like rosé, they are thinking of pink wine that is sweet, comes from California, and is called White Zinfandel. Madonna Inn might be the only ones still proudly selling this saccharine shit, so our fate was obvious: pink place with pink drink.
In retrospect, I learned a lesson. Do as the Romans do, but only if the act does not fill you with regret and give you a pounding headache the next day. Oh, and do try their cake, it is delicious. Til next time Madonna Inn.
The memories of this event are still fresh in our mind though it took place way back in September. Backdoor Cocktail Club takes place in the Arts District Downtown Los Angeles at the showroom and residence of an amazing designer/artist, Stephen Kenn, and his equally amazing partner and wife, Beks. Here, this couple hosts very unique cocktail parties where they and sometimes special guests of theirs serve up tasty treats and delicious drinks. We were so excited to be invited to stand behind their bar for a night and do what we love, pour and talk about wine.
We thought it would be fun to try a concept where we paired wines with the interior of their space. First, we had to ask ourselves, how do we define space? Initial thoughts were rustic wines to match the interior. It’s not only objects that shape and fill a room, we also considered the people, those which give a home its heart.
So, we started off with the always-pleasing, Hofer Grüner Veltliner from Austria. This wine is organic, biodynamic, and made by a couple that mirrored our hosts craft and creativity, Hermann and Maria Hofer. Next, we poured Underwood Pinot Noir made from grapes sourced all over Oregon. Owner and winemaker, Ryan Harms, makes wine that is affordable, delicious, and fresh. He is the first winemaker to release wine in a can. I’m equally horrified and intrigued by this. Stephen designs furniture that utilizes recycled military fabric, making something new out of a material that possesses a rich history. We saw a correlation between these innovative creators. We ended the night with a Cab Franc from Bourgueil called “Jour de Soif”. Gauthier is a father and son produced organic and unfiltered interesting red. This is where the rustic interior comes into play. The natural earthy and dirty qualities coming out of this wine match the interior’s earth-inspired palette. And so, the flight was complete.
We had a blast conceiving and executing this Grapejuice event. Please join us for the next one, wherever that might be! Also, keep in mind, unlike most DJ’s, we take requests.