A trio of wine dinners: At Alma, Lukshon and Papilles

A wine dinner at Alma is to feature the wines of Sebastian Riffault from Sancerre.
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Wine dinner alert: A trio of particularly interesting ones are coming up at Alma, Lukshon and Papilles.

Over at Lukshon in Culver City on Saturday, chef-owner Sang Yoon welcomes Józef and Judit Bodó, owners of tiny Bott Winery of Tokaj, the prestigious wine region in the northeast corner of Hungary, for the first of Lukshon’s Winemaker Dinner Series. It promises to be an intriguing pairing of Hungarian wines with Lukshon’s contemporary southeast Asian cuisine. The cost is $95 per person, including tax and gratuity. To reserve a spot, call (310) 202.6808 or email More details here.


Can’t make that one? You have two chances to try the couple’s wines because Santos Uy at Papilles is also presenting a wine dinner featuring their wines on Sunday. A special four-course dinner, ($65, including wine) will match Bott wines with chef Tim Carey’s food. “Tokaj is mainly known for their sweet wines,” Uy said, “but the Bodó's make some incredible terroir-driven, dry, sometimes with a touch of sweetness, powerhouses. I was fortunate to visit their winery in Tokaj three years ago, and I’m a huge fan of the wines. We will be showcasing two of their wines as well as some other Hungarian selections paired with some Hungarian-inspired dishes.” For reservations, call (323) 871-2026.

On Tuesday, Alma chef-owner Ari Taymor is to host 25-year-old Loire Valley winemaker Sébastian Riffault for a four-course dinner paired with his organic and biodynamic wines. The prix-fixe menu is $95 per person, not including tax and tip. There are just 20 seats for the dinner at 7:30 p.m. Taymor is the most spontaneous of chefs, so don’t expect the menu to be posted ahead of time. The wines are decided, though, and will include three different Sancerres from Riffault’s property, including the 2010 Les Quarterons (all stainless steel), the 2009 Akméniné and the 2009 Skelvedra (both aged in barrel). The Melrose Avenue wine shop Domaine LA carries the Riffault wines, if you want to try them. But to secure one or more of those seats for this special dinner, email with a complete name, the number of guests and a contact phone number.


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