September is California Wine Month and a sweet way to celebrate is with a wine-pairing of Santa Barbara county winery Stolpman Vineyards and Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Santa Monica — or get loose at Pinot Palooza.
Sunday, September 22
L.A. pizza favorite Ronan is turning 1 year old this weekend, and to celebrate the restaurant is throwing a big family-friendly parking lot block party Sunday from 11 to 3 p.m. Free to attend, guests can enjoy specialty priced pizza alongside a selection of the restaurant’s wine, beer and cocktails while enjoying face painting, a photo booth, beats from DJ Paul Sanguinetti and collaborative pizza with Eric Bost of Auburn. The event will also welcome Standing’s Butchery pop-up Burger Daddy, Melrose Umbrella Company, and the Happy Ice Truck.
Saturday, September 28
Pinot Palooza, the world’s biggest jam-packed pinot party, is coming to Los Angeles for the first time ever on Saturday at downtown’s L.A.’s City Market Social House. Audiences can choose from over 100 wines from different regions, with 40 producers on hand from Sonoma, Oregon, Australia and New Zealand to taste over the course of six hours. Added to the mix will be boutique spirits, craft beer and a range of curated bites from some of the city’s leading chefs and restaurants along with local DJs and the same raucous festival spirit that has seen Pinot Palooza re-write the script on how the world approaches wine.
Santa Barbara-county winery, Stolpman Vineyards and Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Santa Monica pair up for a tasting room pop-up on Saturday. In celebration of the 2019 harvest, Astro and Stolpman have collaborated on a tasting of exclusive wine-infused doughnuts and special fried chicken recipes paired with a flight of complementing wines.
The taste of Central Coast wine country takes place on the Astro back Patio from 2 to 6 p.m. Stolpman Vineyards founder Tom Stolpman will be on hand to talk about the wines being poured.
The flight and food tasting features:
Stolpman Vineyards sauvignon blanc served with chicken salad crostini — shredded fried chicken, Stolpman sauvignon blanc aioli, whole grain mustard and cumin, served with doughnut dough crostini; Stolpman Vineyards sangiovese paired with a fried chicken slider featuring sangiovese berry relish on a savory doughnut; and s Stolpman Vineyards rose of grenache along with a mini doughnut topped with para mara syrah blend glaze, Callebaut ruby chocolate drizzle and fresh strawberries.
The price for the flight and food tasting is $12. Purchase your tasting in advance here.