Wine Tasting Dinners

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About GWG Wine Tasting Dinners

The best way to experience food and wine is together in both senses of the word. A perfect pairing of food and wine brings out the best in both, and the enjoyment of food and wine is amplified when you are together with fellow food and wine lovers!

Deluca Trattoria Rock Wal Wine Co

Deluca Trattoria wine dinner with Chef Gabriella Torelli and Rock Wall Wine Company owner Kent Rosenblum, standing between GWG hosts Bart and Peter.

For Gourmet Wine Getaways, this is the gold standard. We showcase wineries of all sizes, from the large famous ones you’ll immediately recognize to boutique wineries of a few thousand cases, still to be discovered.

We carefully match these wines with fresh inventive cuisine featured at some of our favorite restaurants throughout Greater Los Angeles. And to make it the best experience possible, we create a convivial atmosphere where friends and soon-to-be-friends can enjoy together the pleasures of the table.

If you’d like to join us at one of our wine tasting dinners, please visit our calendar to browse upcoming events.

The Wine Side

While the majority of our wine dinners feature four or five wines from a single winery carefully paired with gourmet cuisine, we occasionally mix in different formats, perhaps featuring a specific region, country or type of wine from several wineries.

Hugo Oliva & Peter Kerr at Tivoli Cafe

Tivoli Cafe Manager Hugo Oliva and GWG’s Peter Kerr create food and wine pairings for the Area 5.1 Winery wine dinner.

In either situation, guests will be able to order the featured wines at significantly discounted prices to stock their cellars and wine fridges. Overall the goal is to expose you to new wines, new tastes and perhaps a favorite new restaurant.

Many of our featured wineries are located in our own backyard in southern, central and northern California, but we also highlight wine producers in Washington, Oregon and a variety of foreign countries including Italy, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Germany and others. Wherever the winery is located, we strive to have someone intimately involved with the wine at our event – sometimes the owner, sometimes the winemaker.

The Food Side

Once we’ve chosen the winery, we carefully select a restaurant whose ambience and cuisine will best match the style of wine. GWG works closely with these talented chefs to create a one-of-a-kind menu that allows the wine and food to interact, creating a symphony for the taste buds.

Your Hosts

Each dinner is hosted by a vinous pair – GWG’s resident wine expert Peter Kerr and a guest from the featured winery. Together they reveal the human stories behind the wines– the personalities of the winemakers, the challenges of wine making, and the secrets of the terroir. Peter will also illuminate the art of wine and food pairing – the sensibility that underlies the food on your plate.

Bart, Peter, Lumen Winemaker Lane Tanner, Sam’s owner Samer Elias, Lumen owner Will Henry enjoy a moment before the Lumen Wines Winemaker Dinner at Sam’s.

Our experts are available throughout the event to chat and answer questions. Wine experts, wine novices and everyone in between will find GWG dinners to be unique, enjoyable and informative. And one thing is certain – you’ll never see those wine labels again without conjuring up the winemaker.

So if you love trying new restaurants and meeting interesting people in genial surroundings; if you want to broaden your wine knowledge and discover new wines; and if you’d like to count wine lovers and winemakers among your newest friends, Gourmet Wine Getaways events are for you! GWG holds these dinners throughout the year at gourmet restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles area so there is bound to be one in your neighborhood or close by.

Upcoming Wine Tasting Dinners


Recent Wine Tasting Dinners

Buttonwood Winery Winemaker Dinner at Comedy & Magic Club, Hermosa Beach

Santa Barbara County's Buttonwood Winery had the privilege of being part of the first wine dinner ever held at the iconic Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Guests enjoyed 4 lovely wines perfectly paired with the cuisine of Chef Christine Brown, formerly of Restaurant Christine (Torrance). No slight of hand or zingers-just great food, great wine and a full house.

Kistler Vineyards/Occidental Wines (Sonoma, CA) Wine Tasting Dinner at Akbar-Marina del Rey

Steve Kistler's highly rated and hard to find wines were the talk of the evening. Guests enjoyed 2 Kistler Chardonnay and 3 Occidental (Steve's new, personal label) Pinot Noirs with a 4-course gourmet Indian meal created by Akbar's Executive Chef Avinash Kapoor.


Recently Featured Wineries

A sampling of the exceptional wineries featured at past wine tasting dinners. For the complete list see the FAQs below. Don’t see your favorite? Tell us about it and we’ll check them out.

Recently Featured Restaurants

A few of the wonderful restaurants we’ve chosen for previous dinners. For the complete list check out the FAQs below. If you know of a venue you’d like to see on this list, tell us about it!

Wine Tasting Dinners FAQ

Which restaurant venues has Gourmet Wine Getaways used for its wine dinners? 2017-06-02T16:26:05+00:00

Akbar-MdR, Marina del Rey

Akbar-Pasadena, Pasadena

Barbianca, Marina del Rey

Bergamot Café, Santa Monica

Boccaccio’s, Westlake Village

Café Pinot, Downtown LA

Chef Melba’s Bistro, Hermosa Beach

Delius, Long Beach

Deluca Trattoria, El Segundo

The Depot, Torrance

Enzo & Angela’s, West LA

Il Forno Caldo, Beverly Hills

Kochi , Hermosa Beach

Lido Di Manhattan, Manhattan Beach

Modo Mio, Pacific Palisades

Nook, West LA

Pedaler’s Fork, Calabasas

Sam’s by the Beach, Santa Monica

Sausal, El Segundo

Spumante, North Hollywood

Tin Roof Bistro, Manhattan Beach

Tivoli Café, Pacific Palisades

Which wineries have been featured in past Gourmet Wine Getaways wine dinners? 2017-06-02T12:31:44+00:00

Andrew Murray, Santa Barbara County

Anglim Winery, Paso Robles

Area 5.1 Winery, Santa Barbara County

Beckmen Vineyards, Los Olivos

Bedford Winery, Santa Barbara County

Belle Glos, Napa Valley

Buttonwood Winery, Solvang

Calistoga Cellars, Napa Valley

Caymus Wines, Napa Valley

Clautiere Vineyards, Paso Robles

Clayhouse Wines, Paso Robles

Cobblestone Vineyards, Paso Robles

Clos Pepe, Lompoc

Corti dei Farfensi, Marche, Italy

Costa de Oro, Santa Maria

Davis Bynum, Sonoma

Denner Winery, Paso Robles

Donalan Family Wines, Sonoma,

Dragonette Cellars, Santa Ynez

Falkner Winery, Temecula

Four Vines Winery, Paso Robles

Foxen Vineyard, Santa Maria

Gordon Estate Wines, Columbia Valley, Washington

Hartigan Cellars, Paso Robles

Ippolito Winery, Calabria, Italy

Wilkes Winery, Los Olivos

Kalleske Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia

Kalyra Winery, Santa Ynez

Kistler Vineyards, Sonoma

Kosta Browne, Sonoma

Labyrinth Wines, Ventura

Laetitia Winery, Arroyo Grande

Lincourt Wines, Solvang

Longoria Wines, Lompoc

Lumen Wines, Santa Maria

Mollydooker Wines, McLaren Vale, Australia

McKeon-Phillips Winery, Santa Maria

Opolo Vineyards, Paso Robles

Pali Wine Co., Lompoc

Patz & Hall, Sonoma

Paul Hobbs Winery, Sebastopol

Robert Hall Winery, Paso Robles

Rocca Family Vineyards, Napa

Rock Wall Wine Co., Alameda

Rosenblum Cellars, Alameda

Sea Smoke Cellars, Lompoc

Shafer Vineyards, Napa

Sinor-La Vallee Winery, San Luis Obispo

Slyd Wines (formerly CODA Wines), Los Angeles

Stolpman Vineyards, Ballard Canyon

Tyler Winery, Lompoc

Villa San- Juliette, San Miguel

Waterbrook Winery, Walla Walla, WA

White Rock Vineyards, Napa

What type of food is served? 2017-05-10T13:52:04+00:00

Complete menu and details are posted in our Calendar. Simply click or tap any of the items listed by date to learn more.

Are these dinners for wine experts only? 2017-05-10T13:50:31+00:00

All levels of wine expertise are welcome!

Do any special guests attend the dinners? 2017-06-13T14:08:32+00:00

The winemaker or a representative from the winery normally attends the dinner.

How do I reserve my spot? 2017-05-10T13:50:46+00:00

Reservations are made directly with the restaurant. Contact information for each venue is provided in the event details page of the specific event in our Calendar.

How much does it cost? 2017-05-10T13:50:53+00:00

The price is listed in the event details page of the specific event in our Calendar. Rate is per person and always includes tax and gratuity.

How do I find out about upcoming dinners? 2017-06-14T10:06:40+00:00

Wine dinner announcements and reminders are sent to members of our private email database. If you would like to be added to the list, provide your name and email address below then tap or click the Sign Me Up! button.

Who can attend? 2017-05-10T13:51:08+00:00

Our public Wine Dinners are open to all people age 21 and over.

What Our Guests Are Saying

The best wine tasting I’ve ever attended.

Jim M.

Couldn’t have been better. Truly wonderful experience.

Hal C.

Wonderful food and wine, nice people, great to learn about a new winery.

Kathy F.

Thank you – as always – for a lovely evening plus my wine education.

Carlye P.

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