Wine Wednesdays: 91-year-old Tam O’Shanter gets in the groove

Tam O’Shanter, the 91-year-old Los Feliz restaurant, is getting in on the fun and celebrating Wine Wednesdays along with a good part of the rest of the world.

On the day that’s halfway to Friday (some call it Hump Day), the hoary Scottish-themed restaurant takes half off select bottles of wine. The word “select” is key. Don’t plan on nabbing that $112 bottle of 2005 Sebastiani “Cherry Block” Cabernet you’ve been coveting.

But you can find some pretty astonishing deals.

PHOTOS: Red wines: 16 of our biggest, boldest, juiciest picks


Manager John Lindquist explains that the special list of 15 to 20 wines changes frequently.

Right now he has the 2008 Beaulieu Vineyard BV reserve “Tapestry,” normally $77 for $39 and the Jarvis Vineyards Lake William Estate Meritage, normally $94 for $47.

Prefer to drink white? Try the Sonoma blend from Bedrock Wine Co., usually $50, for just $25.

PHOTOS: Summer whites: 7 crisp white wines you’ll love

And if somehow you don’t see a big slab of “Prince Charlie Cut” extra-thick prime rib on the bone in your future, you can go with something from the cheese and charcuterie station. Every day from 5 p.m. on, choose from a selection of 12 cheeses and four or five cured meats, all hand-sliced to order.

For something more substantial but not as daunting as that giant prime rib, you can also order a large or small bite from the pub menu. You could pair that bargain bottle of Cab or Pinot with a prime rib or beef brisket sandwich and eat like royalty on the cheap. If you feel like something a little lighter, make room for a classic turkey sandwich.

Now, do you feel better? Think you might make it through the rest of the week?

Sure, you do.


Stumptown Coffee opens in downtown Los Angeles

eRobertParker subscribers finally get their own (free) app

PUNCH, new online magazine will focus on the culture of drinking