Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sonoma Wine Garden, Santa Monica

In an effort to offer more expensive wines by the glass, wine bars with self serve enomatic wine systems are cropping up everywhere.  Last year I wrote post about The Hostile Grape and since then it seems this type of wine bar is becoming the standard.
Wine Garden

When I heard about the Sonoma Wine Garden in Santa Monica in Santa Monica Place,  I had to check it out. A wine bar in a mall? What makes this different is the open air bar, beautifully designed wine garden, and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean at sunset. 

Enomatic Wine System

Wine Bottle Chandelier

The View
I had a beautiful pour of 2008 Amuse Boucche -- Napa Valley offered at $30 for 3 ounces. Also St. Estephe Chateau Petit Bocq-Bourdeaux Fance offered at $15 for 3 ounces. There are smaller and more affordable pours available. For example, a 2008 Pinot Noir Coup de Foudre—Santa Rita Hills, CA offered for $5.20 per ounce.

Service was a little slower than I appreciate, but I gave it a pass since it had just opened and there were some left kinks to work out. However, the small plates were so tantalizing, perfect sized portions perfect for wine parings – well worth the wait.

Worth going back for: 
  • Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Domain de Comtes amand-Burgundy France 1996 offered at 1 oz for $12,  3oz for $30.00
  • Langhe Ross costa Russ Gaga –Piedmont Italy 2004 offered at 1 oz for $19.80 and 3oz for $49.50