Since moving to my urban oasis called Silver Lake, my neighborhood wine shop has become more than a place where I run to for a last minute dinner wine. Over the few months that I've been living in the area, Silver Lake Wine has become my neighborhood hangout, a place where I can walk in, wave hi to the owners (April, Randy and George) and feel at home amongst other eastsiders there for their weekly tastings.
There are three weekly tastings at Silver Lake Wine. Here's the breakdown:
Blue Mondays: Three wines, usually one white, and two reds for $12 from 5-9pm. Also featured are cheeses from the Cheese Store of Silverlake. D and I agree that Blue Mondays are our favorite nights for tasting. One, because we are suckers for cheese. Two, because Monday night tastings are generally more relaxing than the Thursday Night Flights. However, over the past few weeks, we've noticed that Blue Mondays are become more crowded as the night ends. It's ok, we'll still come for the cheese. Also, the wines featured on Mondays are usually under $15, so if you like it, you'll have no problem taking it home. *No reservations required.
Thursday Night Flights: Three wines of a particular category (varietal, a wine maker, or a region) but usually three reds or three whites for $12 from 5-9pm. Thursday Night Flights are definitely the party night over at Silverlake Wine. *No reservations required.
Sundays at 3: Definitely my favorite of the three tastings. For $20, 4-5 wines plus pairing appetizers from local chefs is a great buy. The most structured tasting out of the three tastings, plus they cap the tasting to 40 people. You have to RSVP and to do so, I suggest getting on their mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org . Randy or Santos from Silverlake Wine emails out bi-weekly newletters giving us the heads up on the week's tastings. Once they send out Sundays at 3 tasting's email, RSVP! The fill up quick.
The people at Silver Lake Wine are super chill. Owners, George, April and Randy are all very helpful in finding yummy wine. We go to George for pairing questions. I go to April for Pinot Noir recommendations. She's never let me down. And Randy is always fun to talk to when he's not running all around the shop.
Head to Silverlake Wine. I'm there every Blue Monday!
Silver Lake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039