Sipping Pretty: Wine Tastings at the Wine Crush
Wine tastings, much like wine, are experiences that rely a lot on personal preferences. Just as an individual may be a self-avowed fan of reds or hates Chardonnay or only goes for obscure and nearly unpronounceable native Italian grapes, there are a broad range of wine tasting experiences to be had and, most likely, people who adamantly hate and people who vocally champion each and every variety.
The Wine Crush
From raucous, free-pouring events--tastings in name only--to more buttoned-up, nose sniffing, mouth swishing, pour bucket-laden affairs, it's nearly as difficult to recommend a tasting event to someone as it is to recommend a wine. There are no guarantees.
But speaking from our personal tastes and experiences, we can safely say that you should give the wine tastings at Long Beach's The Wine Crush a shot. Held weekly, Thursday through Saturday, each tasting has a theme, varying by region, grape, country or simply highlighting a single producer. The wines featured here each week, regardless of their provenance, conform to the same ethos of the shop itself, highlighting small producers--often difficult to find in stores--with a strong emphasis on California-produced wines.
Last week's Rhone-style tasting featured one white and five red blends from California, France and, strangely enough, Spain. The 2006 La Bastide Saint Dominique, from Châteauneuf du Pape, France was a stand out--full of dark fruit, well balanced and complete with a nice hit of musky funk. Check out there selection of Italian wines at one of this weekend's tastings, or consult their tasting calendar and plan a visit based a particular region or grape being featured that fits your tastes.
The Wine Crush: 3131 E Broadway; Long Beach; (562) 438-9463
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