In Pursuit of Balance -- a group of wineries that have banded together to change the course of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production -- is scheduled to host its first Los Angeles tasting event on Feb. 6. In honor of the event, Melrose Avenue wine shop DomaineLA is offering a tasting dinner the previous evening, featuring Sandhi Wines and Arnot-Roberts winery.
In Pursuit of Balance's event is set for the London Hotel West Hollywood and is to include tastings from its 28 member wineries and two seminars: "Relevance and Purpose in California Chardonnay" and "Exploring Whole Cluster Fermentation in Pinot Noir." Tickets are $75 to $85 for the seminars and tastings and are available online.
At the DomaineLA tasting dinner at Red Medicine, wines are to be presented by winemaker Duncan Arnot Meyers and Rajat Parr, who co-founded Sandhi and is wine director of the Michael Mina Group and a founder of In Pursuit of Balance. The cost is $80 per person including tax and tip; purchase tickets online.
Charred uni with cauliflower custard, laver, chinese sausage and plantain; brook trout roe with rice pudding, Buddha's hand, quince and sea herbs; crispy spring rolls with Dungeness crab, lime, pea pods, fines herbes and chile. Arnot-Roberts Santa Cruz Chardonnay and Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2011.
Young turnips, roasted banana, banana vinegar, fermented black bean and creme fraiche; turbot, black carrots, black salsify, dulse and burnt onion syrup; and Mugifuji pork with alliums, rhubarb, black currant and virgin walnut oil. Arnot-Roberts Trousseau 2011 and RPM Gamay 2011.
Toasted grains with mushroom pudding, egg yolk, aromatic duck broth infused with smoked tea, hazelnut, malt and matsutake; and Wagyu beef brisket. Sandhi Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2011 and Arnot-Roberts North Coast Syrah 2011.
Coconut Bavarois with coffee, condensed milk, Thai basil and peanut croquant.
Dinner is set for 7:30 p.m.
Wines at the tasting dinner can be ordered from DomaineLA and picked up at the store.