Wine is practically my middle name, I have a glass every night, sometimes two… or three, so you could say I’m an enthusiast. A devout fan for life if you will. My parents live in Napa wine country and I’ve grown up drinking and learning quite a bit about Northern California wines so as you may imagine, for quite some time Napa wines were all I knew. It wasn’t until I ventured to the Central Coast that I finally started stepping out of my Northern California comfort zone and became more and more curious about wines from other regions and countries.
My curiosity these days has led me to find a totally new, totally cool wine tasting series called “Sommelier Saturdays” hosted by an amazing sommelier, Adem Sash, at Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica. Once a month they host a 2 hour tasting in their ultra chic private dining room where you are surrounded by rows upon rows of their incredible collection of fine wines. This certainly is not your average “taste and sip” event, each week has a focus and a theme that has patrons curious and thirsty for more.
This past Sommelier Saturday I had the unique pleasure of being introduced to wines specifically from the Loire Valley in France. Now, I won’t give you the full run down on what exactly goes on with Loire Valley wines because I won’t do it the justice Adem did, but I will say: my eyes have been opened, my palette has been surprised, and that was one incredibly enjoyable Saturday afternoon at Del Frisco’s.
What you need to know:
The event is completely relaxed, there is zero sense of stuffiness or snobbery (I know that may be a fear for new wine people), and it’s a total blast. The best and possibly the craziest part is that a seat only costs $35; for as many different wines as you have the opportunity to enjoy and the food and overall experience that comes as a bonus, $35 per person is incredible. A few other things worth noting is that the dishes that come out for sharing are amazing (seriously cannot wait to come back and have a full meal at Del Frisco’s), and no surprise here but the wines provided ain’t too shabby neither! With Adem being a seasoned sommelier and all… ya know… lets just say he knows how to pick some incredible, crazy unique bottles. It’s fun to watch Adem have so much fun with this event, the man loves wine and it’s simply contagious.
I recommend you make your reservations ahead of time because this event is gaining a lot of traction (for obvious reasons); there were quite a few people in attendance who had been to a few of the other tastings and loved it so much they kept coming back for more, I fear I may be one of those people now too. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a total noob, Sommelier Saturdays is a great way to keep you on your toes and to have the opportunity to try wines you probably would not be able to otherwise! I don’t know where I’m going to get Sancerre besides at Del Frisco’s now but I’m on the hunt thanks to Adem and his Saturday school lessons in wine.