Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar Showcases Eight Bodacious Wines
Inspired by the Beauties of Playboy
(SANTA MONICA, CA)—Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar has partnered with “The Imbiber” Dan Dunn, the country’s preeminent rock-star booze writer and Playboy.com’s nightlife columnist, to present the wine bar’s sexiest tasting tour yet: The Imbiber’s Ultimate Playmate Fantasy Wine Tour, a flight of eight wines inspired by eight of history’s most iconic Playmates, from the celebrated Marilyn Monroe to tragic beauty Anna Nicole Smith. The Tasting Tour debuts on October 6 with a launch party featuring Dunn and several special guests, and the wines will remain available by the taste at Pourtal through the end of October.
“This wine tour is a celebration of beauty and timelessness, a chance to raise our glasses to the women who have captured our hearts… and our senses,” says Dunn, who selected each of the Playmates and their respective wines.
The Ultimate Playmate Fantasy Tour features tasting notes penned by Dunn in his usual Imbiber-esque style: the Rocca Family Vineyards “Bad Boy Red” is as “scandalously delicious” as Pamela Anderson, and the Paraduxx 2006 is “delicate and full-bodied” like pin-up girl Bettie Page. Pourtal will showcase the complete lineup on their Enomatic machines, offering one-ounce pours of the wines from $2.30 to $8.80 per taste. The tour and tasting notes will also be featured on Dunn’s site, TheImbiber.net.
Marilyn Monroe: Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Bettie Page: Paraduxx 2006
Jayne Mansfield: Luciano Sandrone Dolcetto d’Alba 2007
Lisa Semler (née Welch): Semler Cabernet 2001
Pamela Anderson: Rocca Family Vineyards “Bad Boy Red” 2006
Jenny McCarthy: Four Vines “The Maverick” 2006
Anna Nicole Smith: Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano 2007
Kelly Monaco: Big Basin Mandala Syrah 2006
Pourtal kicks off the tour with The Imbiber’s Ultimate Playmate Fantasy Wine Tour Launch Party on Tuesday, October 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wine enthusiasts are invited to sip, sample and mingle with Dunn along with a few of his Playboy friends. Featured Playmate Lisa Semler (Miss September 1980), whom Dunn paired with a selection from her family’s winery in Malibu, will make a special appearance to autograph special-edition bottles of the 2001 Semler Cabernet, which will be available for purchase. Playboy model Andrea Lowell, host of the Playboy Radio Morning Show on Sirius/XM, will also be on hand to pour a special tasting of Waterbrook Melange 2005 that Dunn has paired specifically for her.
Pourtal, Los Angeles’ premiere wine tasting bar, is a playground for the wine enthusiast and the wine curious. Combining the traditional wine bar concept with a state-of-the-art self-service tasting room, Pourtal offers an innovative wine experience that allows guests to explore at their own pace. The thoughtful wine list features 40 wines by the taste via a high-tech Enomatic dispensing system and another 20 wines available by the glass. Wine lovers can delve into Pourtal’s unique Tasting Tours, self-guided flights that explore the world of wine from the ground up, complete with comprehensive tasting notes and pairing suggestions. Pourtal is located at 104 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica and is open Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, visit www.pourtal.com.
About Dan Dunn, The Imbiber
Dan Dunn, the country’s preeminent rock-star booze writer, is a knowledgeable (if slightly wobbly) fellow. A former staff writer for the Emmy-nominated TV show “Talk Soup” and freelance joke contributor for SNL’s “Weekend Update,” his critically acclaimed semi-fictional memoir, Nobody Likes a Quitter (and other reasons to avoid rehab), was published in November 2007 by Perseus Books. His next book, Living Loaded: A Life-Affirming Journey to the Depths of Humanity…with cocktails, will be published next year by Random House.
A protégé of the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Dan’s trenchant writing on sprits has appeared in numerous high-profile publications including GQ, USA Today, Maxim, Los Angeles Times, LA Style, Entertainment Weekly, Hosiery & Underwear Magazine (seriously!) and Playboy.com. He also runs his own website, TheImbiber.net, a comprehensive compilation of Dan’s booze news and reviews. Dan lives in Marina Del Rey, CA, with his many doubts and insecurities.