Eddie and I attended the Rhone Rangers LA tasting about a mile or two from Pourtal Wine Bar yesterday. (Full story on RR will be on this blog on Friday.) After the RR event, we drove over to see the new Santa Monica mall, though Portal’s Stephen Abronson warned us against it due to the crowds, and found ourselves sober and tired of walking about 4:30pm. So we decided to go to Pourtal.
Stephen was an excellent host, and even though we thought we could finish a bottle of wine after the RR tasting, instead experimented with their Tasting Card.
We always thought we’d hate the impersonality of the system, but, instead, found ourselves quite happily experimenting with both the technology and wines.
We sampled an excellent Plumpjack 07 Cabernet, La Fenetre Syrah 08 Santa Barbara and Domaine Henri Delagrange Pinot Noir 07 Hautes-Cotes de Beaune.
We settled in to people watch – Pourtal is a block from the beach – and perused their new new lunch menu below. The menu items were new for us too but the two we tried – the Mini Kobe Wagyu Dogs and the Housemade Hummus – were both palate pleasers and a perfect end to another perfect day in the life of a wine 101er.
(SANTA MONICA) — Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar, Santa Monica’s seaside spot for the wine enthusiast and wine curious, has opened its doors for lunch from Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., serving a limited lunchtime menu of salads, flatbreads and sandwiches prepared by Chef Sean Takaki.
For a limited time, guests can receive a glass of wine for $5 with the purchase of any lunch menu item. Menu below:
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 open seven days a week, Monday and Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Wednesday to Sunday from noon until closing. Their award-winning Angel Shares Happy Hour, in which Pourtal donates 15% of their Enomatic wine sales to local and national charities, runs all night Mondays and Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. To stay up-to-date on all of Pourtal’s events, visit their website at www.pourtal.com or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
104 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.393.7693 | www.pourtal.com