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Veuve Clicquot truck, Rhone Rangers wine tasting, Terrazza's spirited Thursdays

A truck full of champagne? Veuve Clicquot's new Clicquot Mail truck will stop in L.A. with plenty of bubbly.
Try more than 200 wines from 50 + wineries at the Rhone Rangers tasting at Vibiana Sept. 9
New Spirited Thursdays at Terrazza in Santa Monica lets guests talk shop with drink ambassadors

Veuve Clicquot is launching a cross-country tour of its Clicquot Mail truck with a couple stops in the Los Angeles area. The truck is named after the Clicquot Mail collection of products that includes a Champagne bottle carrier shaped like a letter and another in the shape of a mailbox. The first stop will be Sept. 4 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will be given postcards from the truck to trade in for free flutes of champagne at the pool bar. There will also be a DJ and jumbo Jenga game. The second stop will be at the Westlake Inn Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The truck will be hosting a boozy brunch with by-the-glass champagne specials and crepes for brunch. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, (310) 274-7777; Westlake Inn, 31943 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village, (818) 889-0230, www.veuve-clicquot.com/.

The Rhone Rangers, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting Rhone varietal wines produced in the U.S., is hosting its eighth-annual wine tasting at Vibiana Sept. 9. More than 50 wineries will pour more than 200 wines at the event. Attendees will also be treated to a tour of Redbird, chef Neal Fraser's soon-to-open restaurant inside the Rectory at Vibiana. General admission tickets are $50 and include a walk-around tasting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. VIP tickets are $75 and include a tasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fraser will also prepare small plates for purchase to pair with the wines. Tickets are available online now. 214 S Main St, Los Angeles, (213) 626-1507, www.rhonerangers.org.

Terrazza lounge inside the Hotel Casa de Mar in Santa Monica is launching a new spirit hour Sept. 4. The Spirited Thursdays will take place every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and include a rotating series of spirit ambassadors with mixologists, vintners and more. The ambassadors will be available to offer tastings and talk shop with guests about their featured beverages including boutique wines, specialty cocktails, craft beer, etc. For every drink showcased in the spirit hour ordered, Terrazza's chef will send out a complimentary small plate. Upcoming beverages featured in the spirit hour include Ilegal Mezcal on Sept. 4, Art in the Age unique liqueurs Sept. 11, Tequila Ocho on Sept. 18 and Chareau, a California-crafted aloe liqueur on Sept. 25. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, (310) 430-7144, www.bytheblueseasantamonica.com/.

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