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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

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Wine Tasting...With LA Art Party!

A group of talented artists and wine lovers April-2015-Wine-Tasting-LAAP1gathered at an informal wine tasting at the headquarters of LA Art Party. Our tasters consisted of Michael Baroff, Barbara Kosoff, J.J.L'Heureux and Jennifer Verge. Of course, I (Kathy Leonardo) hosted, offering some finger sandwiches and other various other bites.

Earlier in the month, Gruppo Mezzacorona generously donated some wine to a an art opening and charity event benefiting Miracles for Kids produced by LA Art Party and nitespa. Wine rep John D'Alvia attended and poured at the event. "BaciVivaci--meaning "Lively Kisses" in Italian--is our newest sparkling from Sicily," explained D'Alvia. "It's a light sparkling made from Grillo, Sicily's most prominent white grape. This wine has all the components of a great white wine: lively aromatics, hints of tropical fruit, and delicately balanced with minerality and nice acidity. It's perfect for the spring and summer months ahead." For more info see http://www.gruppomezzacorona.it/

It was a delightful wine. Lively and crisp...bubbles danced on our tongues. Coincidentally, I happen to be a huge fan of this company's 2013 Pinot Noir and had mentioned to John that I was always searching for it in local markets. He brought some to the event as well. The Pinot Noir sells for less than $10, and was well rounded and smooth...not too heavy. 

I April-2015-Wine-Tasting-LAAPdid go home with some....alas it did not make it to the tasting...Mama had at it late one night as I was tirelessly writing a Huff Post article.

Back to our wine review...We started with a chilled Pinot Grigio 2013 from Cliffhanger. It was quite lively and refreshing. "Fruity, but not too sweet" exclaimed Barbara. Michael said it was crisp with a lovely bouquet. J.J. detected the essence of pears...(we all said "yes"). Jen also commented on how crisp and delightful it was. Truth be told, I am more of a red wine lover, but would definitely consider purchasing some for a summer evening by the beach. That's any  summer night for me, since I live a half a block from the ocean.

The Cliffhanger Pinot Grigio can be found at Robert Burns Liquor in Beverly Hills, Hillhurst Liquor in Los Feliz and Remedy Wine and Spirits in Glendale. It is also featured at the Beverly Hill's Avalon Hotel (by the glass).

Next was a lovely red blend that may have beenApril-2015-WineTasting-LAAP3 my favorite. At first taste, J.J. said, "It's peppery." Barbara commented (as she swirled the wine in her glass), "It has a nice bouquet and good legs with a little bit of spice." Jen agreed, with Michael adding that it had a rich full body and was quite delectable. All in all I thought this one was thoroughly smooth and as it opened up, the taste of the spice lingered.

Cliffhanger Rosso can also be found at Robert Burns Liquor Beverly Hills, at Remedy Wine and at Spirits in Glendale and Hillhurst Liquor in Los Feliz.

Our third wine to try was a full body Chianti. "It really takes you back to Italy," remarked Jen, who also noticed the oak flavor. J.J. (a fan of labels – which she often incorporates into her artwork) pointed out that the bottle had an authentic Chianti label specifically noting the rooster at the top of the bottle. "It's.more tannic then the blend," Barbara added. "You can taste the earth." Michael admitted that although he would not normally reach for a chianti when purchasing wine, he would indeed purchase this one. He also suggested that this full bodied red would go great with pasta. "And pizza or a steak," chimed in Barbara. Finally J.J. suggested that the chianti continued to "hold up" as it opened.

Querceto Chianti Classico can be enjoyed at these establishments: 800 Degrees Pizza (Downtown LA), Centanni (1700 Lincoln Blvd. Venice), Fireside Farms (Santa Monica) Hotel MdR (Marina Del Rey).

April-2015-Wine-Tasting-LAAP-bottlesRounding off the evening, we decided to enjoy a delicious Deco Port brought to us by J.J. She is a fan of Sonoma port works and often brings back multiple bottles from her trips up the coast to bring as gifts to her friends back in LA. I have had the pleasure of tasting this once before at J.J.'s home and loved it. The chocolaty aroma and taste seemed to delight the group...that...or the fact that we were now on our fourth bottle and perhaps anything would be tasty at this point.

I can say with certainty (since I have had it before), it offers a scrumptious rich flavor. Not usually a fan of port, the chocolate after taste is delightful and engaging.

A wonderful time was had by all. Thanks to Gruppo Mezzacorona for sending samples and to J.J. L'Heureux's contribution of the Deco Port from Sonoma Portworks.