3 wine dinners: Enoteca Drago, Rosso Wine Shop, Bistro 45


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To reflect the current economic realities, even once indulgent and sybaritic wine dinners and tastings are reining in the prices. Here are three that should be informative and fun, but won’t tax the wallet too dramatically.

On Wednesday, Enoteca Drago hosts a tasting featuring the wines of Talbott Vineyards. Try their offerings while nibbling on the Beverly Hills wine bar’s antipasti and thin-crusted pizzas. Admission price? Just $20, plus tax and gratuity. Call (310) 786-8235 for information.


Every once in a while, after the shop closes, Rosso Wine Shop in Glendale leads a second (secret) life as a private supper club. Chef Michael Ruiz creates the menu; Rosso provides the wines. The next event is June 20, $55 per person (cash only) for the four-course meal and wines to match each course. The good thing? After dinner, a 10% discount on any of the wines served at the meal: no bottle limit. Sign up by emailing or calling (818) 330-9130 for more information.

In Pasadena, Bistro 45 helps Rick Longoria celebrate 30 years of winemaking at Longoria Wines in Santa Barbara County on June 25. Five wines and five courses, $65 per person. Bistro chef Steven Lona is planning a Santa Barbara-themed dinner with local produce, fish and live shrimp. Call (626) 795-2478 for more information.


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