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.

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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