Annus Mirabilis

To some, Los Angeles is dubbed the city of excess, while to others, it remains the city of access' within an hour or two one can ski, surf, hike, belay, or even sip the day away through different terrains. 

But this past Sunday, August 7th, Bacchus was smiling down on LA, as Angelinos came together to drink wine and break bread, not at a Napa Valley vineyard, but rather, at Wally's Wine & Spirits Company in Westwood.  The 'Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration' prompted the occasion, as over fifty vintages from wineries up and down the California coast were uncorked. 

From Santa Barbara to the hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, palettes swished the year's best, as conversation was a-patter with tomes of oakiness and buttery difference.  The event featured the 'best of Santa Barbara County,' including vintages from The Hitching Post, Bouchon, Brothers, and the Santa Barbara Olive Company' who have turned olive-stuffing into an art, with new ventures such as sun-dried tomatoes and cloves of garlic. 

But olives were just the aperitif.  In a Sunday-brunch-style bevy, foodies paired their wine with lush samplers from Los Angeles classics and newcomers, including Spago, A.O.C., Lucques, Sona, Boa, Sushi Roku, Campanile, and La Brea Bakery.
The tasting was followed by a crowd-revving auction with goods and eats to boot, including a week's stay at Martha's Vineyard, weekend retreats in Santa Barbara, and bottles of the many wineries finest.  The raffle benefited the 'Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund,' which helps burgeoning enologists at UC Davis Department of Viticulture.

'Sideways' author Rex Pickett signed original copies of his manuscript and waxed poetic over the language of wine as passerbys swirled their glasses in acknowledgement.

Wally's Wine & Spirits hosts monthly tastings and events in Westwood.  For more information, please visit

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