• Tuscan wine dinner, Oliva Trattoria, Sherman Oaks, Thursday, 6/14, 7:30 PM.
    We'll enjoy an excellent family style meal at Oliva Trattoria with great wine from Tuscany, including four Brunelli. Passed plates of salad, pizza, pasta and entrees. Many vegetarian options. We'll split the dinner tab among 12 guests, all inclusive for about $35-40 per person. Upgrades are possible.T he wine component will be a surcharge of $50, payable in advance. We'll open about 12 bottles and the likely candidates are: WHITES: 2012 Pietramara, I Favati, Fiano di Avelino 2009 Volpe Pasini, Zuede Volpe, Sauvignon Blanc 2010 St. Michael Eppan, Sanct Valenti, Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Zuane Collio REDS: 1996 Baron Ricasoli, Casalfero 1999 Banfi, Mandrielle, Merlot 1999 Argiano, Solengo, RP[masked] Ruffino Romitorio de Santedame, RP[masked] Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva, WS[masked] Fonterutoli. Siepi, RP[masked] Villa Cafaggio, Cortaccio, RP[masked] Castelgiocondo, Brunello, WS[masked] Il Poggione, Brunello, RP[masked] Vitanza, Brunello Tradizione, WS[masked] Fanti Brunello, RP[masked] San Luigi, Fidenzio, RP 94 Almost all of the wine will be available for sale below retail at the event for pickup later. To reserve your seats, please reply directly to me. Looking forward to enjoying the evening with you. Best, Jim Ruxin Organizer[masked] mobile [masked] PS: Westside wine lovers are invited to ride with me each way...best Uber deal and conversation you will ever have.

    Oliva Trattoria

    4449 Van Nuys Boulevard · Sherman Oaks, CA

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  • International syrah dinner in a private home in Rancho Park, Saturday, 4/8
    At this casual event, you'll experience a wide variety of interpretations of Syrah from the vintages[masked]. Representative top producers from France, US and Australia include Chapoutier, Beaucastel, Kosta-Browne, l'Aventure, Arnot-Roberts, d'Arenberg, Glaetzer, Mitolo, Shirvington and Torbreck. The food will be American barbecue (sauces always on the side) from the well regarded Outdoor Grill in Culver City, with the usual side dishes. The cost will be $85 per person all inclusive, and will include approximately 20 or more wines to sample, many of which will be for sale below retail for pickup at a later date. We'll end the evening with some Australian stickies. Payment must be made in advance by PayPal "friends and family", Zelle, GooglePay, check or direct deposit. When your payment is received you will get directions to the location. To RSVP, receive a complete wine list or ask questions, please contact me directly: Jim Ruxin[masked] mobile [masked]

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  • Free passes to "Back To Burgundy," opening 3/23 in O.C. & 3/30 in Los Angeles
    The Plot: Three siblings grew up with their noses in wine glasses. Now, instead of their father's tests, it is real life that challenges them as a family and as individuals. The film opens in Los Angeles on Friday, March 30. I have a few free passes for screenings Monday-Thursday only, April 2-5, in Laemmle theatres in West LA, Encino, Pasadena. The film opens in Irvine and Laguna Nigel tomorrow, Friday, March 23. I have a few free passes for Monday-Thursday only, March 26-29, in Irvine and Laguna Nigel. You must email me at [masked] and furnish your email address to receive passes. "Back To Burgundy" is not only set among the beautiful vineyards of prestigious estates like DRC, it will take you there to experience an emotional year in the lives of three wine making siblings, Jean, Juliette and Jeremie, as they struggle with the vintage, with each other and with themselves as they decide what to do with their late father's estate. The film is absolutely authentic and details the fascinating processes of harvest, vinification and elevage. What makes it special is how the many critical wine decisions also engage their emotions and challenge their relationships with each other and their late father. In this world, lives and identities can't be separated from the soil, the vines, the grapes, or the wine. Just let me know if you can make a screening. And please help spread the word among your wine friends. Here's a link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAUSiV7aa6s Like the wine I represent, I recommend this to you because I know you will enjoy it. Jim Ruxin Village Wine of Brentwood Representing Fine Cellars[masked] office[masked] mobile

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  • Orange County Wine Fest this weekend, Sat/Sun Noon-5 PM, San Juan Capistrano
    Taste 125 wines from 36 wineries on Saturday March 10 and Sunday, March 11 from Noon to 5 PM each day at: A Stone's Throw Winery, 29943 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 In the boutique tent, I will be pouring six amazing wines from New Zealand. You will get a 5% discount on any six bottles or more to be shipped free to you. Food trucks, as well as craft beers and cider, with two wine seminars each afternoon. Follow this link to buy tickets, $70 general and $100 VIP: http://ocwinefest.com/attend-the-ocwinefest/#lg=1&slide=7 Designated drivers only $20 per day.

    A Stone's Throw Winery

    29943 Camino Capistrano · San Juan Capistrano, CA

  • Taste wine from 18 producers from Lodi, CA at the MArina City Club, $59
    • What we'll do Use this this link to purchase your tickets, only $59 general admission in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lodi-in-los-angeles-2018-tickets-33791248534?aff=JRuxin One of California's earliest wine regions, Lodi quality has been increasing dramatically over the last decade. The hot climate east of Sacramento produces rich reds like syrah, petite sirah and zinfandel. This is always a great place to discover new, lower priced wines that over deliver. See you there! • What to bring • Important to know

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  • Casual wine dinner at Artisan Cheese, Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 PM
    There is much that is new at Artisan Wine and Cheese in Studio City. New name. new menu and new wines, and you’re invited to discover all of it. You’ll order and pay separately for specialties like international cheeses, great pannini and salads with duck, lamb, chicken or turkey. Many vegetarian options are available. Small plates are recommended so you can graze on food and wine all night. We'll have the whole place to ourselves on a Saturday night. It will be a party. The wine theme is ABC Red Wine from Latin countries. What's that? Surely you've heard of Anything But Cabernet from Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile. Plus a few other non-cabernet wines from France and Italy. We'll pair with mostly Spanish cheese many wines. include grenache, malbec, mencia and other varietals the locals in these countries drink daily. You'll discover a world of rich, satisfying wine that was always meant to be affordable with food like this. A generous selection of food and cheese can be less than $25, all except wine included. The wine portion of the event is $30, and you will likely sample up to 10 different bottlings plus refills for your favorites! More than most mortals can handle. You will be amazed at how affordable these wines are for the amount of pleasure they provide. Party hearty all night! Any bottles left will be available for purchase that night or on order for 15% off list prices that top off at $35. Please call Artisan at[masked] to reserve your seat(s). Walk-ins are always welcome at any time, but it is helpful to let us know in advance. Other Meetups are also invited so there will always be more people coming than this home page indicates. Looking forward to partying with you on September 23th! Jim Ruxin Organizer [masked] mobile

    Artisan Cheese Gallery

    12023 Ventura Boulevard · Los Angeles

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  • New Zealand Wine and Cheese in Studio City, 8/12, 4-7 PM, $25
    Our last New Zealand wine tasting in Beverly Hills was so successful we are having another one with a new selection of wines and cheeses. Stop in any time and sample six wines and many cheeses, including a triple creme. The cost is $25 all inclusive. New Zealand wines are bright and flavorful, so they go great with cheese. There will be a New Zealand cheese expert on hand, and I will be guiding you through the New Zealand wines. Here's the selection of varieties from different artisanal producers and family winemakers: 2015 Otuwhero Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Ceres Pinot Gris 2014 Squawking Magpie, Counting Crows Chardonnay: 2014 Drumsara Rose 2014 Ceres Pinot Noir 2015 Clearview, Cape Kidnappers Syrah All wine and cheese will be for sale at a 15% discount on the day of the event. Linger as long as you like until your dinner reservation. This a great way to start off an evening with friends. Walk-ins are welcome anytime, but you can pay in advance by calling Artisan Cheese Gallery at[masked] with a credit card. Please identify yourself as a Meetup Guest. Many other groups are also invited. Looking forward to seeing you there. Jim Ruxin[masked] mobile [masked]

    Artisan Cheese Gallery

    12023 Ventura Boulevard · Los Angeles

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  • Fine Italian dinner and guided wine tasting, four courses, seven wines
    If you have not experienced Palmieri, you must discover the authentic cuisine from expat chef Ottavio Palmeri. He will personally prepare for us this special menu: Gathering NV Roederer Brut, WA 90 First Course Non-dairy Lobster Soup with Sardinian Fregola 2015 Kistler Les Noisetiers Chardonnay Second Course Black Truffle Pasta 2004 Kistler Russian River Pinot Noir Third course Duo of Beef Tenderloin with red wine reduction and Veal Tenderloin with mushrooms 2012 Banfi Brunello, WS[masked] Leviathan Red Dessert Housemade Panna Cotta 2000 La Parrina, Capalbio Vin Santo 2009 Perusini, Picolit Vegetarian options available. Emily Boigon, the representative from distributor Southern Wine and Spirits, will talk us through three of their wines. All of the above wines will be available for purchase that evening at 10-20% discount from retail, courtesy of Moe's Fine Wines, our co-host. The cost is $150 per person, inclusive of food, wine, tax and tip. This is great value, considering that we will enjoy select wines with a meal including a lobster and a truffle course in a private room. To guarantee that the table is full, I am asking for payment in advance of the dinner, by check, email or PayPal (no fee). Please RSVP to me directly, by phone or email, to secure your seats. Looking forward to sharing a great evening with you, Jim Ruxin Organizer[masked] cell

    Palmeri Ristorante

    11650 San Vicente Boulevard · Los Angeles

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  • NEW POP UP international wine tasting at Nook Bistro, this Wednesday, 7:30 PM
    Last Thursday's dinner was so much fun, we're doing it again this week at Nook Bistro where you order on your own and pay your own tab. This has been our favorite venue in the past. Nook is a modern small plates venue with American comfort food with an occasional international inflection. Many vegetarian options. We're going to take it a step on Thursday with an international selection of up to 14 crowd pleasers, one for every person at the table if we can fill it: 2012 Effet Papillon, Rousillon Blanc 2015 Booker, Pink, Rose 2007/2008 Caliza, Paso Robles, Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre 2005 Kunde Reserve Cab 2005 Abelis, Spain, Cuvee Lui, Tempranillo 2004 Valduero, Grenache 2004/2007 Brandlin, Mt. Veeder Cab 2009 Dionysos, Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone, Clos Cigalette 2009 Double Diamond (Schrader), Amber Knolls Cab 2009 Mockingbird Hill, Alexander Valley, Reserve Cab 2004 Cuvaison, ATS Merlot 2005 Cuvaison, Cab 2008 Martinelli, Evo di Vigneto, Zin 2007 Saddleback cab (Venge) plus a surprise dessert wine The cost for the wine portion only is $40 per person and $75 per couple, inclusive of corkage, tax and tip for the wine service. Please bring your own stems if you can. All wines will be available at discounted prices to order the night of the dinner. To guarantee a seat at our communal table, you must RSVP to me directly via email or phone. Looking forward to seeing you there. Jim Ruxin Organizer[masked] mobile

    Nook Bistro

    11628 Santa Monica Blvd. #9, WLA 90025, free parking in lot in front · Los Angeles, CA

  • POP UP international wine tasting at Rosti, Santa Monica this Thursday, 7:30 PM
    This should be a fun night of simple but plentiful Italian food served with wine from France, Napa and Paso Robles and Australia. The cost is $45 all inclusive, food, wine, corkage, tax and tip. The pizzas, pastas, pounded chicken and veggies that arrive on big platters have always been great foils for the wines we open. Veggie options of course. Up to 12 of us will sample most of the following wines, all of which will be for sale after the dinner: 2012 Effet Papillon, Rousillon blanc @ $[masked] Catena, Malbec @ $[masked] Abelis, Carthago, Lui, garnacha, WA 90 @ $[masked] Valduero, Reserva garnacha, WA 91 @ $[masked] Dom. Dionysos, Cairanne, La Cigale @ $[masked] Ardente, Atlas Peak Cabernet @ $[masked] Mockingbird Hill, Reserve Cabernet @ $[masked] Caliza, Azimuth, GSM blend, Paso @ $[masked] Caliza, Azimuth, SMG blend, Paso @ $[masked] Caliza, Cohort, S+G+Primitivo+Petite Sirah @ $[masked] Fonty's Pool, shiraz @ $[masked] Larrikin, shiraz @ $[masked] Mollydooker, The Boxer, shiraz @ $25 This is fun wine and fun food. Come with an appetite and a good attitude and play with us! Please RSVP to me directly. $10 deposit required via PayPal or email. Jim Ruxin[masked] mobile [masked]

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