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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent Wine Tasting Dinners
El Rincon Criollo pairs up with Napa winery for a dinner to remember
A little known Napa boutique winery, Monticello Vineyards, was the star of the night as guests enjoyed a 4 -course gourmet meal paired with selected wines from this up and coming star. Winemaker Chris Corley was on-hand to meet, speak with and enlighten all the wine dinner guests.
A great night of Caymus and their family of wines
Caymus and the Wagner Family of wines were highlighted at this great Saturday night wine tasting dinner. It was standing room only for a lovely evening featuring 4 different wines including the 2015 Caymus "Special Selection" Cabernet- a true big dog in the kennel! Make sure to join us for our next dinner and bring a couple of your wine-loving friends.
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
Akbar-MdR, Marina del Rey http://akbarcuisineofindia.com/
Akbar-Pasadena, Pasadena http://akbarcuisineofindia.com/
Barbianca, Marina del Rey http://www.hotelmdr.com/barbianca-marina-del-rey-restaurants.php
Bergamot Café, Santa Monica http://bergamotcafe.com/
Boccaccio’s, Westlake Village http://boccacciosonthelake.com/
Café Pinot, Downtown LA https://www.patinagroup.com/cafe-pinot
Chef Melba’s Bistro, Hermosa Beach http://chefmelbasbistro.com/
Delius, Long Beach http://deliusrestaurant.com/
Deluca Trattoria, El Segundo http://delucapasta.com/
The Depot, Torrance http://www.depotrestaurant.com/
Enzo & Angela’s, West LA https://www.enzoandangela.com/
Il Forno Caldo, Beverly Hills http://www.ilfornocaldomenu.com/
Kochi , Hermosa Beach http://kochihermosabeach.com/
Lido Di Manhattan, Manhattan Beach https://www.lidodimanhattan.com/
Modo Mio, Pacific Palisades http://www.restaurantmodomio.com/
Nook, West LA http://www.nookbistro.com/
Pedaler’s Fork, Calabasas http://pedalersfork.com/
Sam’s by the Beach, Santa Monica http://samsbythebeach.com/
Sausal, El Segundo http://sausal.com/
Spumante, North Hollywood http://www.spumanterestaurant.com/
Tin Roof Bistro, Manhattan Beach http://www.tinroofbistro.com/
Tivoli Café, Pacific Palisades http://www.tivolicafe.com/
Andrew Murray, Santa Barbara County http://andrewmurrayvineyards.com/
Anglim Winery, Paso Robles http://www.anglimwinery.com/anglimwinery.php
Area 5.1 Winery, Santa Barbara County http://www.a51wine.com/
Beckmen Vineyards, Los Olivos https://www.beckmenvineyards.com/
Bedford Winery, Santa Barbara County http://bedfordwinery.com/
Belle Glos, Napa Valley http://belleglos.com/
Buttonwood Winery, Solvang http://www.buttonwoodwinery.com/
Calistoga Cellars, Napa Valley http://triumphwinegroup.com/
Caymus Wines, Napa Valley http://www.caymus.com/
Clautiere Vineyards, Paso Robles http://www.clautiere.com/
Clayhouse Wines, Paso Robles http://www.clayhousewines.com/
Cobblestone Vineyards, Paso Robles http://www.cobblestonewine.com/
Clos Pepe, Lompoc http://clospepe.com/
Corti dei Farfensi, Marche, Italy http://www.lecortideifarfensi.it/
Costa de Oro, Santa Maria https://www.cdowinery.com/
Davis Bynum, Sonoma https://davisbynum.com/
Denner Winery, Paso Robles http://www.dennervineyards.com/
Donalan Family Wines, Sonoma, http://www.donelanwines.com/
Dragonette Cellars, Santa Ynez http://dragonettecellars.com/
Falkner Winery, Temecula http://www.falknerwinery.com/
Four Vines Winery, Paso Robles http://fourvines.com/
Foxen Vineyard, Santa Maria http://www.foxenvineyard.com/
Gordon Estate Wines, Columbia Valley, Washington http://gordonwines.com/
Hartigan Cellars, Paso Robles http://www.hartigancellars.com/
Ippolito Winery, Calabria, Italy http://www.ippolito1845.it/
Wilkes Winery, Los Olivos http://jwilkes.com/
Kalleske Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia http://kalleske.com/
Kalyra Winery, Santa Ynez http://www.kalyrawinery.com/
Kistler Vineyards, Sonoma http://www.kistlervineyards.com/
Kosta Browne, Sonoma http://www.kistlervineyards.com/
Labyrinth Wines, Ventura http://www.labyrinthwinery.com/
Laetitia Winery, Arroyo Grande http://www.laetitiawine.com/
Lincourt Wines, Solvang https://www.lincourtwines.com/
Longoria Wines, Lompoc http://www.longoriawine.com/
Lumen Wines, Santa Maria https://www.lincourtwines.com/
Mollydooker Wines, McLaren Vale, Australia https://www.mollydookerwines.com/
McKeon-Phillips Winery, Santa Maria
Opolo Vineyards, Paso Robles http://www.opolo.com/
Pali Wine Co., Lompoc http://www.paliwineco.com/
Patz & Hall, Sonoma https://www.patzhall.com/
Paul Hobbs Winery, Sebastopol http://www.paulhobbswinery.com/
Robert Hall Winery, Paso Robles http://www.roberthallwinery.com/
Rocca Family Vineyards, Napa http://www.roccawines.com/
Rock Wall Wine Co., Alameda http://www.rockwallwines.com/
Rosenblum Cellars, Alameda https://www.rosenblumcellars.com/
Sea Smoke Cellars, Lompoc https://www.seasmoke.com/
Shafer Vineyards, Napa http://shafervineyards.com/index.php
Sinor-La Vallee Winery, San Luis Obispo http://www.sinorlavallee.com/
Slyd Wines (formerly CODA Wines), Los Angeles http://slydwines.com/
Stolpman Vineyards, Ballard Canyon http://www.stolpmanvineyards.com/
Tyler Winery, Lompoc http://tylerwinery.com/
Villa San- Juliette, San Miguel http://www.villasanjuliette.com/
Waterbrook Winery, Walla Walla, WA http://waterbrook.com/
White Rock Vineyards, Napa http://whiterockvineyards.com/
Complete menu and details are posted in our Calendar. Simply click or tap any of the items listed by date to learn more.
All levels of wine expertise are welcome!
The winemaker or a representative from the winery normally attends the dinner.
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.
The price is listed in the event details page of the specific event in our Calendar. Rate is per person not including tax and gratuity.
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.
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.
Couldn’t have been better. Truly wonderful experience.
Wonderful food and wine, nice people, great to learn about a new winery.
Thank you – as always – for a lovely evening plus my wine education.
The best wines are the ones we drink with friends. Join us!
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