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Wine Dinner location in Los Angeles

altstarr | Dec 7, 200403:29 PM

Every December, a group of foodie friends and I arrange a multicourse 10 course tasting dinner with matched wines. We usually seek a restaurant that can provide a private room to accomodate 16 and who will either waive or allow a fixed price corkage fee, when we bring our own wines.

Restaurants that we have used in the past include Valentino's, Michael's & Drago's in Santa Monica, Tanino's in Westwood, Spago's in Beverly Hills and Restaurant Halie in Pasadena.

We've tried Asian using Ocean Star in Monterey Park and Pseudo Vietnamese Crustacean in Beverly Hills, but the wine matching was more difficult. In the past, Drago's & Tanino's have been the most flexible. We have had excellent experiences at Valentino's, Michael's and Spago's, but they have tended to want to handle the wines and food and sometimes don't even want to commit to the menu until the last minute because they say they want to know what is fresh and available. Needless to say, that makes planning matching wines ahead of time difficult. At both Valentino's and Michael's, to solve the problem, they have offered to match the menu to the wines specified, but again, wanted us to select all or half the wines from their lists.

Any suggestions beyond the normal suspects? We prefer the Westside, but have been known to travel to Pasadena.

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