Pourtal, Santa Monica’s beachside wine tasting bar, presents “Made in Malibu,” a new wine tour and tasting series that explores Malibu’s budding wine region, or American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the talented winemakers behind the labels. “This is a great opportunity for us to spotlight some of our favorite California wines—all of which are produced right in L.A.’s backyard,” says Pourtal owner Stephen Abronson.
The exclusive wine tasting tour will feature a flight of nine wines crafted solely from grapes grown in the Malibu AVA, and will be available by the taste through Pourtal’s Enomatic machines for the month of January. Each wine is priced per 1 oz. pour, and guests are welcome to sample at their own pace. Two additional Malibu wines will be available on Pourtal’s extensive by-the-glass list.
The tour debuts on Wednesday, Jan. 6 with a “Made in Malibu” launch party honoring the winemakers. Representatives from each of the featured wineries will be on hand that evening to discuss their wines as well as hand-pour an additional wine, and Pourtal will provide free passed appetizers for guests.
Throughout the month, Pourtal will also host select Malibu wineries for a special hand-poured tasting series. Each winemaker will present several off-the-list wines to taste, as well as have a few bottles available for retail. The tasting is free to guests with the purchase of a $15 Pourtal tasting card. See schedule below for a full list of winemakers.
The complete lineup of wines will include:
2006 Hoyt Family Vineyards Chardonnay
2007 Cielo Malibu Rouge
2001 Semler Cabernet Sauvignon Library Release
2005 Semler Syrah
2005 Rosenthal Malibu Newton Canyon Merlot
2004 Rosenthal Surfrider Red
2007 Griffin Family Vineyard Malbec
2007 Malibu Vineyards “Vortex” Sangiovese
2008 Malibu Sanity Pinot Noir, Schetter Malibu Vineyard
Additional off-the-list wines will be featured during special tasting events as noted below.
Jan. 6-31 – “Made in Malibu” Wine Tour and Tasting Series. Wine tour available any time during regular business hours.
Jan. 6, 7-10 p.m. – Launch Party featuring “Made in Malibu” winemakers
Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m. – Special hand-poured tasting with Semler & Saddlerock
Jan. 20, 7-9 p.m. – Special hand-poured tasting with Cielo
Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m. – Special hand-poured tasting with Rosenthal
Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m. – Special hand-poured tasting with Hoyt and Malibu Sanity
Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m. – Special hand-poured tasting with Malibu Vineyards and Griffin Family Vineyards
Dates and times for the special tastings are subject to change. For full schedule, visit Pourtal’s website at www.pourtal.com.
Admission to the launch party is free. The special hand-poured tastings with the Malibu winemakers is free with the purchase of a $15 Pourtal tasting card, which may be used on the Enomatic machines at any time.
104 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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 or get the latest updates from Facebook or Twitter @pourtal.