The Wine Tasting Scene
Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 8:06 pm
By Carole Dixon
Now that wine tasting rooms in Southern California are starting to open up again for visitors, it’s time to plan an outing to some of the best wine regions less than a two-hour drive from Los Angeles. There are new twists to the wine tour experience in Santa Barbara, and surprising places with good grapes and a hidden tasting room in L.A. Just be sure to have a designated driver if you plan on imbibing and do check operating hours on websites before heading out.
Although the historic San Antonio Winery in downtown L.A. has not reopened its tasting room doors, there is a newer spot in Chinatown that showcases wines made with local grapes. The Angeleno Wine Co. on Spring Street sources unique varietals from the Antelope Valley and Agua Dulce regions along with others. Some of the varietals include Graciano and Alicante Bouschet, but there is also rosé, grenache, and syrah. It’s hard to believe, but grapes were being cultivated in Los Angeles before Napa and Sonoma, over 400 years ago.
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