What You’ll Be Drinking at This Week’s Barnsdall Wine Tasting

Silverlake Wine’s Randy Clement gives us a spirited preview of tomorrow’s pours
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Another week almost over, another Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tasting coming up! Curious about this week’s line up? Silver Lake Wine’s Randy Clement fills us in on what to expect–here’s what he has to say:

There is no better site-specific, regularly occurring tasting installation anywhere in the world than the one high up in the sky every Friday at Barnsdall Art Park. When you combine Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, KCRW’s Dan Wilcox, and Silverlake Wine, you get an activation of a public space that is worthy of a class credit at USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Posted up on the west lawn, all picnic’d and cheesed up, designer-blanket-on-top-of-grass living, with the Observatory to your right, and the Hollywood sign to your left—it’s like being at your richest friend’s house with no one home, except you and a few hundred strangers who have also discovered the best Friday night happening in the City of Angels.

This week we roll up again in a mixed convoy of electric vehicles and grey Ford F-350s, hauling four whose purpose will be to make sure that the party starts right and ends with everyone feeling more better as the sun dips west, and that June 5th moon rises in the east. Feed that lust for life with these featured wines:

Quinta Das Arcas Arca Nova Vinho Verde 2014 Portugal
Nothing cures Friday road rage better than a glass of ice cold, slightly effervescent, aromatic, and crisp white wine from Portugal’s largest DOC. Your boss’ passive aggressive email, meant to make you worry about your job all weekend, will mean little after this wine’s refreshing acidity bolts cool calm through your veins. Pair this wine with take-out from Dune in Atwater Village.

Domaine Antugnac La Closerie Des Lys Les Fruitieres Rose Limoux 2013 France
A blend of syrah, cinsault, and grenache from Limoux, the birthplace of the Champagne method, this smallish production rosé is crisp, clean, and very well balanced. It’s not sweet, and it doesn’t have that bitter aftertaste. It’s sunny, ripe, and brimming with freshness. Pair it with roast chicken or caprese salad—or both.

DeRose Parrone Colchagna Valley 2009 Chile
A 50/50 blend of syrah/cabernet from Chile’s premier growing region, this wine is rich and smooth, possessing deep flavors and a delicate balance between fruit, earth, acidity, and wood. Pair this with steak sandwiches and burgers from Yucca’s on Hillhurst.

Bodegas Castano Monastrell Yecla 2013 Spain
Monastrell from Yecla is among the best in the world. Bodegas Castano has perfected it with deep, rich flavors and an amazing spicy floral nose. Smooth and silky in the mouth, this wine is perfect for grilled pork, lamb or steak.

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