Come Taste Napa In LA With Me!

Dear Fellow Wino,

I'm pleased to invite you to come to Around Napa Valley in 80 Sips with me! This awesome event on Friday May 2nd is to kick off Taste Around Town LA 2014, which is basically the restaurant week of wine. 

There are a couple amazing things about this event:

  1. UNLIMITED TASTINGS. THAT IS RIGHT. EVEN IF THE POURS TURN OUT WEAK, WHO CARES, WE CAN HAVE A MILLION MORE.
  2. BOTTLENOTES HAS HOOKED MY READERS UP WITH 40% OFF THE TICKET PRICE.
  3. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE SPARK PROGRAM, PROVIDING DISADVANTAGED YOUTH WITH APPRENTICESHIPS. 
  4. THAT'S IT! OH, AND I'LL BE THERE!

Click on this link right here to check out the tickets and make sure you use the code WINEATT40 at checkout (it should automatically do it, but just in case).

In case unlimited tastings, a sick discount and my charming personality isn't enough to convince you that you should come, here is all the official information:

The Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade association, and Bottlenotes, the leading interactive media company in the U.S. wine and craft beer industries, have partnered for Taste Around Town, a “restaurant week for wine” taking place at Los Angeles’ favorite restaurants and wine bars from May 5-18, 2014.  Participating venues will highlight select Napa Valley wines by the glass, in tasting flights, paired with food or by the bottle throughout the two-week program. 

The series will kick-off with a special one-night only tasting at The Ebell Los Angeles on Friday May 2, 2014 featuring twenty-five of Napa Valley’s finest producers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Spark Program, a national nonprofit which provides life-changing apprenticeships to youth from disadvantaged communities.www.sparkprogram.org.

Guest may choose to purchase VIP tickets ($87 with code) for an early entrance at 6:30 PM for tastes of the “best of the best” participating vintners have to offer with library selections and rare bottles, or general admission access ($57 with code) running from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, featuring an intimate walk-around tasting. Participating wineries include Ackerman Family Vineyards, Bello Family Vineyards, Blackbird Vineyards, Bouchaine Vineyards, Bourassa Vineyards, Brown Estate Vineyards, Canard Vineyard, Hiatus Cellars, John Anthony Vineyards, Keenan Winery, LATERAL, Miner Family Winery, Mira Winery, Parallel Napa Valley, Patel-Napa Valley, PEJU, Renteria Wines, Revana Family Vineyard, Rocca Family Vineyards, Shadowbox Cellars, Silverado Vineyards, Tetra, Virage Napa Valley, White Rock Vineyards and Young Inglewood Vineyards. 

Participants in Taste Around Town who share their experiences on FacebookInstagram, and using #tastearoundtown and #NapaVintners will have the opportunity to win prizes, including two tickets valued at $1,000 to the Napa Valley Barrel Auction in Napa Valley on June 6, 2014.

I'm super excited, and I hope to see some of you there! Leave me a comment here or hit me up on Twitter if you're attending so we can make sure to clink a couple glasses. xoxox

OUT OF BLOG REPLY

I've spent this week exclusively Ross Testing Emergen-C, pomegranate & orange juices, Cold Calm, Gaia Quick Defense, Delsym, DayQuil and NyQuil.

We will return to our regularly scheduled drinking as soon as my health allows.

In the mean time, WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING?

Recreational Review: Coppola Director's Cut Pinot Noir

DISCLAIMER: Recreational Reviews are recreational, and generally unprofessional and usually irresponsible.
Marissa does not condone or encourage her readers to engage in similar debauched behavior.

The Coppola Director's Cut Pinot Noir is really quite perfect for pairing with painkillers and spending all your money on ASOS and Etsy. I'M NOT SAYING YOU SHOULD DO THESE THINGS. I'm just saying I'm doing these things.
And it is fucking awesome.

This wine is crazy smooth and straightforward with big vibrant flavors, while maintaining the lightness that makes Pinot so easy to drink. So easy to drink that I drank the whole bottle. And I genuinely wish there was another bottle here for me to open right now. I seriously would... have like twenty minutes ago. And would probably nearly finished it by now. I loved that wine.

[Looks longingly out the window for her true love. Elvis' "Harbor Lights", or some French standard you've heard a thousand times in movies you can't think of right now, drifts on the wind from the farmer's market below.]

Sigh. C'est la vie.

Anyway, I'm out of wine and I'm starting to itch because that is what happens when Vicodin begins to wear off, but hey! I do have a new pair of palm tree trousers coming my way that I do not feel guilty about spending too much money on AT ALL because I DRANK A BOTTLE OF WINE! 

DRUNK SHOPPING > NORMAL SHOPPING > WINDOW SHOPPING > NOT SHOPPING AT ALL