Blind Tiger pop-up wine & cheese tasting

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Joe Bravo's hand-painted tortillas will be on display at Talia Wabnig's Blind Tiger pop-up wine & cheese tasting.Let’s face it: At most gallery openings, it’s mainly about the free wine, then the art, and finally the uninspiring platters of cubed pepper jack and hardening brie. Artist Talia Wabnig hopes to upend that paradigm with a pop-up cheese and wine tasting at New Puppy Gallery’s latest opening.

Wabnig, whose father, Norbert, owns the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, has plenty of experience marrying oral and visual temptation. (This is a woman who grew up knowing the subtle differences between a Pont-l’Evêque and a Reblochon.) Last summer she successfully hosted a series of impromptu tastings/art events that she organized at the last minute and publicized through word-of-mouth. This time, she’s partnered with L. Croskey of Cannibal Flower and Thinkspace Gallery. Inspired by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima’s erotic 1976 film, he’s curated an array of food-themed art for “In the Realm of the Senses.”

What pairs well with the visual feast of Joe Bravo’s hand-painted tortillas and Taslimur’s surreal photos? Nine to 11 cheeses including comté, camembert, cheverol and a variety of artisanal cheddars along with five wines: three from Sylvester Winery in Paso Robles and two from the Hess Collection in Napa Valley.

“I just want to make sure the room is full of cheese and wine, so that people can indulge in the flavors and textures of all the different cheeses,” Wabnig says.

Blind Tiger Pop-up Tasting: New Puppy Gallery, 2808 Elm St., Unit 1, L.A., 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13. $25 per person. RSVP to (818) 752-9168 or email with number of guests.


--Elina Shatkin