I walk in with the sort of confidence as if I’ve been here before… that's because I have. The wine-tender (AKA - GM Nick Caballero) is friendly, just as he was when I visited last week to snap photos of the bar.
There are a couple of folks at the bar counter and a group of ladies toward the back. The mood is perfect so far…
Burbank’s first wine bar… I have been so excited for this moment and though it doesn’t compare to my introduction to Left Coast when Ed was running the place, I still feel the love here, I still feel very comfortable.
Typically I’m not a fan of modern décor but somehow the straight lines and box-i-ness of the interior works, plus I can’t help but love a place that supports local artist. Perhaps it’s the warmth and abundance of wood, one of my favorite decorative interior elements…. I feel like a rare bottle of wine in a wine crate. I like that.
As more people trickle in I realize that there is nothing to absorb the sound of a large crowd in this space, an aspect of design which is continually over looked within the LA scene. No matter, I am sipping on a nice glass of wine Gran Passione, Merlot-Corvina, Veneto, Italy.
The food is heavenly, the creation and design of culinary artist Executive Chef Wesley Pumphrey and Sous Chef Jessika Maymi. There is no doubt that I will be back here. Owner's Shannan VerGow and Jen Raim have created the new social hot spot and I look forward to sampling more lush, dynamic wines!
Well its Friday...
Since the weather has reverted back to a fall-like state I thought it would be nice to share this Merlot with you. Even though I enjoy Merlot it seems I rarely drink them but on a day like today with a slight chill and light mist in the air this is the perfect blend of grapes.
Merlot is one of the most popular wines and has a lot of flexibility when pairing with food. Founded in 1979 the Falesco Winery has produced a flavor forward, bold Merlot. Falesco Merlot Umbria 2011 embodies a sensual aroma, rich with light tobacco and vanilla notes. This wine is easily paired with salmon or lamb. My personal preference would be to find a variety of delectable cheeses, some fresh season fruit, and enjoy a glass of this beautiful Merlot while sitting under the shade of the clouds and reading a good book!
Ground Swell is a landscape architect firm out of New Jersey lead by David Fierabend.
What I love about Ground Swell's work on this penthouse is the use of reclaimed and recycled materials.
Photography by TopKat
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