Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Silverlake Wine

Crystal visited Silverlake Wine recently and was so taken with the place that she wanted to share it with the world. I asked her to do a guest post, and here it is.


During a recent visit to my parents' home in Los Angeles, I had the pleasant surprise of discovering a truly great wineshop in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles: Silverlake Wine, also known to Angelenos as SLW (Note: truth be told, I didn't really "discover" it... my twin sister used to live in the neighboring Echo Park and she had mentioned it in the passing. There's an interesting array of small shops and businesses surrounding Silverlake Wine, including a fusion Vietnamese restaurant, a skateboard shop, a yoga studio and a high-end lingerie store called Panty Raid. Around the corner at Sunset Junction, there's also the renowned Cheese Shop and Cafe Stella, one of my favorite restaurants. *Sigh*. I miss LA... you can take the girl out of Los Angeles, but you can't take Los Angeles out of the girl).

Silverlake Wine is an incredible little place with quite an array of different wines and some nice varietals. But what really makes the place ::truly great:: is the ownership: George, Randy and April really strive to make wine into a social experience for both the aficionado and novice. With three tastings each week, their wineshop has transformed into a neighborhood haunt and a social hub. The most structured-- and popular-- is the Sunday tasting (you need to RSVP): there's a different theme every week. The tasting includes generous portions of four different kinds of wines plus an apertif, and each wine is paired with an hors d'oeuvre prepared by visiting Los Angeles chefs.

All of this love for $20. Who the hell needs Napa when you have Silverlake Wine?

This past Sunday's tasting was all about Slovenian + Croatian wines... the importer from Blue Danube Wine was at the tasting, and he had some interesting things to say. Admittedly, I didn't enjoy the whites very much, but the reds were great. My favorite was the Croatian Bibich Reserva 2006. It was served with an assortment of Italian cheeses and sausages. I'm not embarrassed to say this: I could have easily eaten the whole plate and drank an entire bottle on my own. The wine was really perfect for the summer: light and smooth, but also spicy and aromatic. I had no idea that they even made wine in Croatia.

Oh man. Silverlake Wine. You have my heart.

Silverlake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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