Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar Introduces
an Intimate Wine Class Series Set on the Patio
(A pretty good deal for my Santa Monica peeps, education + wine!) 


“Sommelier to the stars,” Adam Leemon will lends his wine whit and wisdom in a 5-part series of enlightening wine tasting experiences set oceanside at sunset. Each of  the bi-weekly themed sessions invite an intimate group of 15-20 enthusiasts for sensory study on sipping and savoring the world of wine. Guests will sample wine and food pairings, as well as receive a $10 Tasting Card to further their education at Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar.


Awarded for his wine excellence and certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Adam Leemon, “The Wine Guy,” is not your grandparents’ sommelier. Lending his laid back approach and humorous educational style to demystify the world of wine to LA’s aspiring connoisseurs, Adam affords a modern taste on age-old traditions. Co-host of “The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis,” Founder of LA Wine Fest,educator, media personality, consultant, lover of wine and notably the “sommelier to the stars,” Adam has ascended the ranks to become one of the most influential voices in the wine community. 


Every other Tuesday, beginning August 17
7:30 – 9 p.m.

August 17   Session #1  “Back to the Basics”
Wine Tasting 101 – the fundamentals of wine tasting. This session will focus on wine from the bottom up. We will touch on regions, growing and vinification with a focus on practical tasting techniques. Getting comfortable with conversational wine speak.  How to analytically taste wines, identify characteristics and profiles, and speak like the pros do.

August 31   Session #2  “Variety of Varietal”
Understanding the general characteristics of grape varietals. We will explore the most common grape varietals and their specific characteristics, as well as compare and contrast the qualities of each.

September 14   Session #3 “Terroir”
We will discuss the importance of terroir in the production of wine. Why many think this is the key factor in grape growing. We will see specific examples of different types of soil composition and taste wines made from grapes grown in each. We will site examples from around the globe.

September 28   Session #4  “Passport to Wine”
This session explores the different regions of the world. We explore in depth a specific country and focus on the variety of wines produced, including specific regions and typical grape varietals.

October 12   Session #5  “The Perfect Pairing”
In this session we will explore and experience wine and food pairings, and discuss the complementing characteristics that afford the perfect pairing. This session will be a culmination of the series, drawing insight and intrigue of lessons learned preparing the palate for more practical application.


$35 per session – includes wine education and tasting, appetizers and a $10 Pourtal Tasting Card.

$150 5-session package, includes a $50 Pourtal Tasting Card (available for advance purchase on or before August 17).

Space is very limited for these intimate engagements; reservations are being taken for all dates online via Pourtal.com, or by calling 310.393.7693.


Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar
104 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

About Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar
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 a local charity, 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.