Dear Pourtal Friends,
April will be a special month for us at Pourtal. Our 1-year anniversary is on April 29th! Pourtal is having a contest to come up with a great way to celebrate with you, and the winner of the best concept will receive a $50 tasting card!!!
April also marks Earth Day. And, to celebrate, Pourtal is very proud to present our EcoWinery Tasting Tour featuring 16 wines from around the world that take the extra step towards sustainable winemaking. (Starting April 5th)
Several Eco-friendly Winemaker events will be held throughout the month to honor our theme.
Our sponsored charity for our Angel Shares Happy Hour is TreePeople for the first two weeks of April.
Win a $50 tasting card: Help Pourtal come up with a great promotion for our 1-year anniversary on April 29th. Pourtal is running a contest to see how you can come up with the most creative way to celebrate (think of our Bottomless Bubbly for $20.10 on New Years Eve and our 2 for 1 Bulbbly on Valentine’s Day). The winner will receive a $50 tasting card! Click here to go to the submission form and for more information.
Upcoming special events:
Thursday, April 8th An evening with Alma Rosa. (arrive anytime between 7-9pm):
Alma Rosa has received many accolades for being one of the oldest California wineries to practice sustainable and organic farming. Help us kick-off our Eco-Wineries Tasting Tour with one of the first! Alma Rosa partner, Robert Szerwo, will be pouring their latest releases and discuss their winemaking philosophy. (wines and pricing TBA, usually between $10 to $15 for several tastings.)
Wednesday, April 21st Special Eco-event with Whole Foods Market Santa Monica and Ampellos Winery (arrive anytime between 7-9pm):
Come enjoy delicious specialty food & wine from Whole Foods Market Santa Monica & Pourtal Wine Bar. Meet the winemaker from Ampelos Cellars & Vineyard! ($20 for food and wine tasting.)
Thursday, April 22nd Earth Day Celebration with Frog’s Leap Winery (arrive anytime between 7-9pm):
Frog’s Leap Winery will be pouring some very special wine from their Solar Powered, Leed Certified, GeoThermal, Dryfarmed Winery (whew!) Help us celebrate Earth Day and toast to mother nature!
Tuesday, April 27th Food & Wine Pairing Salon with Helena (arrive anytime between 7-8.30pm) This month’s theme “Eco Wineries”:
Curious about the who’s what’s and why’s of food & wine pairing? Come and enjoy a special tasting flight with your wine educator, Helena, explaining the art & science of pairing in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. ($20 includes a flight of pairings and individualized instruction from Helena)
Thursday, April 29th: Pourtal’s One-Year Anniversary:
We don’t know how to celebrate yet, but enter our contest to come up with the best promotion & you’ll have the chance to win a $50 tasting card.
Wednesday, May 5th Wine Woof Wednesday:
Our Complimentary dogwalking is back, starting May 5th and recurring every first Wednesday of the month through September. Bring your best friend and our professional dogwalker, Big Sky Dogs, will take him/her for a walk while you enjoy our food and wine. Or just relax on our dog-friendly, ocean-view patio anytime!
And don’t forget…..Every Monday Night is Happy Hour ALL NIGHT.
Enjoy our $5 glasses of wine, $4 appetizers and 15% off all tasting sales goes to our sponsored non-profit all night. (TreePeople from April 1st to the 15th)
Consider Pourtal for your next party, private event or wine-related function: Email or call us for details: (310) 393-7693. Become a fan on FACEBOOK or follow us on TWITTER for last minute promotions.
Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica announces a family style dinner to celebrate Easter Sunday 4/4 and the beginning of the Spring season, complete with an Easter Egg Hunt for children.
Chef Andrew Kirschner designed his three course menu to appeal to all members of the family. Easter dinner begins with a choice of Arugula Salad with Prosciutto, Fava Beans and Parmesan or Aspargus Soup with Blue Crab and Lemon. The family-style dinner follows with platters of Roasted Leg of Colorado Spring Lamb and Minted Salsa Verde; Cedar Planked Smoked Salmon; Roasted Root Vegetable Salad; Wood-Grilled Asparagus and Morels; and Potato and Braised Bacon Gratin, freshly replenished for the table as requested. To finish the holiday dinner, guests will receive platters of Wilshire’s homemade classic cakes and ice creams. Pricing for the dinner, which is offered from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., is $60 per person and $30 for children 12 and under, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuities. The egg hunt will run continuously throughout the evening with prizes for young winners.
As Wilshire’s Executive Chef since 2008, Andrew Kirschner’s contemporary urban cuisine menu is firmly grounded in classic technique. His seasonal menu is defined by simplicity and balance and shows his diversity with market-based ingredients. In addition to Wilshire’s weekly menu, Kirschner also features a selection of wood-grilled prime steaks with a variety of house-made sauces and side dishes.
Wilshire has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Angeleno, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit and was voted as one of the top 75 restaurants in the city by Los Angeles magazine. Kirschner recently received a nomination as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Pacific 2010; in 2008, he appeared as guest chef to a sold out dinner at the James Beard House in Greenwich Village. This fall he will be honored as a participant in Outstanding in the Field, a nation-wide roaming culinary dinner series that partners diners to the land and the origins of their food, thereby honoring the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. In 2008, Chef Kirschner was awarded Best New Chef by Angeleno and received a coveted 3 star review from S. Irene Virbila from the Los Angeles Times. He was the 2009 winner of Soyjoy’s Earth Day Culinary Competition, Battle of the Chefs: Eco-Cuisine, a live cooking competition with notable chefs.
Wilshire’s superb wine list was sited as one of the “Best New American Wine Lists” by Food & Wine magazine in 2006 and lists 250 selections, including organic and biodynamic offerings. The restaurant actively supports local, organic, and sustainable purveyors and utilizes practices that promote energy conservation and a better quality of life for the community, such as the use of recyclable building materials and the use of biodegradable containers. The restaurant was honored with a Grand Prize in the city of Santa Monica’s 2007 Sustainable Quality Awards.
First course choice of:
Arugula Salad with prosciutto, fava beans and parmesan
Asparagus soup with blue crab and lemon
Second course served family style with replenished platters:
Roasted leg of Colorado spring lamb with minted salsa verde
Cedar plank smoked salmon dill crème fraiche
Roasted root vegetable salad
Wood grilled asparagus and morels
Potato and braised bacon gratin
Assortment of classic cakes and ice creams
$60 per guest exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity
$30 for children 12 and under
For reservations, the public can call:
2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403
310.586.1707 or visit www.OpenTable.com
Visit Wilshire Restaurant on the Web at
www.Wilshirerestaurant.com and on Facebook at
AT COST is a new website offering incredible deals at the best places to eat, stay, and play in Los Angeles.
We are running an offer for $30 worth of wine, beer, and food from 55 Degree Wine Bar for $16 (and dropping as the deal goes on) and everyone pays the final lowest price at the end.
The offer is available for purchase from our website and our facebook application. We’d love it if you can all check us out!
Our facebook application:
I admit it. I read Perez Hilton. Major gossip hound. But he’s ventured into my territory today with this tidbit o’news about…gasp…Hello Kitty making real Champagne? It’s not bubble bath or pink lemonade? The below is from the site, but what I really want to know is whose Champagne is in these bottles? And will they admit it?
From Perez Hilton:
Send us a bottle, STAT!
We’re just dying to know if it is any good!
Introducing Hello Kitty Wines! The kitten has sure grown up!
The line of wines comes in four different varieties, priced between $19.99 – $29.99 and include:
Hello Kitty Sparkling Brut Rosé – A deep reddish pink sparkling rose made from 100% Pinot Noir that has a frothy mousse as well as a pretty nose of rose petal and red currant scents.
Hello Kitty Sparkling “Sweet Pink” (Half Size) – This semi-sweet sparkler sports a pale pink hue and has very delicate bubbles.
2008 Hello Kitty Angel White – This is a fresh, very “blanc” white wine made entirely from Pinot Noir free run juice.
2006 Hello Kitty Devil Red – Garnet red with brickish highlights, this is a classically rendered Pinot Noir that presents a seductive bouquet of wild flowers and forest aromas.
Yum, Yum, Yummy!!!!
The line will hit your local liquor store within the next several months and the website will start shipping out samples by the end of next month.
Who’s gonna buy a case?
(Neither can anyone! 70% chance of rain in our forecast has caused this event to be moved to 4/28)
WHAT: LearnAboutWine invites Merlot lovers to stand by their wine as the varietal regains its pre “Sideways” standing at this aptly titled event “Revenge of Merlot.” Head avenger and LearnAboutWine founder Ian Blackburn has invited 40 of the top Merlot vintners to participate in what promises to be a re-coronation of this often misunderstood and maligned wine. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit TJ Martell Foundation and Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
WHY: Because it’s time to debunk the “Sideways” myth. According to a recently commissioned independent study investigating consumer wine consumption patterns and attitudes, Merlot has the single largest consumer base of any varietal wine in the U.S. and, of the major wine varietals, is the one most closely associated with high quality at an affordable price.
Sales for Merlot jumped five percent in January and this was no surprise for Blackburn. “Bright fruit aromas, rich flavors, and a full, round mouth feel – Merlot is an accessible, lush treat affordable for a wide range of budgets. What’s not to like?”
WHO: The event will feature wines from boutique and renowned wine producers including: Cakebread, Coho, Duckhorn, J. Lohr, Kelham, Matanzas Creek, Northstar, O’Shaughnessy, Peju, Pride, Rosenthal, Silverado Vineyards, and Ty Caton.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7 – 10 p.m.
WHERE: Elevate Lounge / 811 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90017 (Located in the shared in-door/outdoor roof-top space with Takami Sushi)
COST: $39 for members and $69 for non-members online at www.LearnAboutWine.com $60 at the door (if tickets are still available)
Founded in 1995 by Certified Wine Educator, Ian Blackburn, LearnAboutWine is the leading source for wine education and events in Los Angeles. Pioneering programs such as “Wine Camp: Introduction to Wine” and “Palate Builder: Taste Like A Pro,” LearnAboutWine has demystified wine for tens of thousands of wine lovers and continues to offer unique, educational wine classes and tasting events for both novices and experienced connoisseurs. LearnAboutWine also creates customized wine-centered events and tastings, either at Loft218 in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles or at the client’s location.
Le Chene is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. They can make a soup out of lettuce, rich flavorful dressings blanket many dishes and buttery pureed vegetables accompany my plate just to put me over the edge. Their wine list is comparable to none in Santa Clarita, and receives the Best of Award of Excellence year after year by Wine Spectator magazine. And, I just got confirmation from Chef Juan Alonso on something I read on their website:
“We are a restaurant, the wine list is our working wine list. From time to time we may sell some of our wines. Since some of our prices are below retail value, we would like to reserve those for our customers. Please consider any order as a wish list. If we have enough, we will be glad to ship to you. If you are looking for specific vintages, we will be glad to try and locate them for you.” Yes, you can buy wine at Le Chene but they’d rather you enjoy their wine at the restaurant…as “The prices are low enough that you can afford the gas to come to Le Chene.” http://www.lechene.com/wine-list
I’ll be there this Saturday night to celebrate my birthday. Filet Mignon Roquefort is my favorite, after Escargot and before the evening’s dessert selections. Here’s a taste of what you can have for Easter:
Brunch from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm and Dinner from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Eggs Benedict (muffin, Canadian bacon, eggs and hollandaise sauce) – $14.95
Eggs Alsacienne (pasta, mushrooms, ham, eggs and hollandaise sauce) – $14.95
Quiche Lorraine – $14.95
Chicken and Mushroom Crepes – $14.95
Crab Cake Florentine – $15.95
Filet with Roquefort Sauce and eggs – $17.95
Children’s Scrambled Eggs – $10.25
(Egg dishes are served from 10 am until 2:30 pm)
½ Dozen Escargot – $10.75
Salmon Dumpling – $10.70
Shrimp Monegasque – $11.70
Smoked Salmon – $13.70
French Onion Soup – $7.00
Asparagus Vinaigrette – $10.70
Duck Pate – $9.70
Artichoke Vinaigrette – $9.70
Baked Brie – $15.25
Tongue Vinaigrette – $8.70
Stuffed Mushrooms – $10.70
Tomato Salad – $7.50
Crab Cake – $11.50
Cucumber Salad – $8.20
Serrano Ham w/Melon – $12.25
Cheese Plate – $11.25
Claudia’s Spinach Salad – $8.25
Warm Salmon Salad – $16.20
Caesar Salad with Chicken – $15.00
Caesar Salad – Small $6.75 and Large $10.45
Salad Vinaigrette Or Cream of Watercress
Roast New York with Béarnaise Sauce – $25.95
Filet Mignon Au Poivre – $28.70
Beef Bourguignon on Pasta – $22.25
Double Breast of Chicken with Green Peppercorn Sauce – $27.00
Roast Pork Loin with Apples – $23.50
Smoked Southern Style Ham with Mustard Sauce – $21.95
Roast Leg of Lamb – $23.25
Duck with Bananas – $24.75
Shrimp Escoffier – $26.70
Salmon Feuillette – $24.70
Potatoes Au Gratin
I found Lance Cowart on Facebook. He agreed to let me post his recipes that include wine, or in this case, Jamaican rum, on my blog. Now, all I need is someone to cook it for me:
5 pounds Chicken Wings whole, thawed
3 tablespoons Garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon Thyme, fresh chopped
1 teaspoon Allspice, ground
1 cup Water
1/8 cup Scallions, sliced
Jerk Seasoning (Dry), as needed
FOR JAMAICAN MARINADE:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons Jamaican Jerk seasoning
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dark Jamaican rum
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning
2 green onions, chopped
1 lime, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 habanero pepper, seeded and minced
1. Add the jerk marinade, garlic, thyme, allspice, water, and scallions in a large bowl
and mix to evenly combine the ingredients.
2.Add the chicken wings to the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
3. Marinate the chicken wings for 16 to 24 hours before cooking.
4. Remove the wings from the marinade and place in a clean bowl.
Make sure the wings are drained well after being removed from the marinade
or the seasoning will not fully adhere to the wings.
5. Season the wings with the dry jerk seasoning and lay on a sheet pan with the wing tips face down.
6. Bake the wings at 350 degrees F for 20 a 25 minutes or until fully cooked.
7. Remove from oven and place in the refrigerator to chill to 40 F.
Pre-cooking the wings prevents flare-ups on the grill.
8. Place the chilled wings on the grill and grill for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes on each side on medium heat.
9.The skin of the wings should develop a crisp texture and a dark color.
Make sure the wings are fully heated to 165 degrees F. Serve hot.
Serves 6-8 Add Plantains & Fried Cabbage)