Celebrate Leap Year with 29-cent wine

29 Feb

If you’re looking for an excuse to celebrate Leap Year, how about a glass of wine for 29 cents?

A Pasadena, California wine bar is offering Leap Year party people a second glass of wine for only 29 cents. And wine newbies are especially welcome at this snob-free wine zone. “Sometimes a wine bistro can be a little intimidating to someone who’s unfamiliar with wine,” said Manuel Mesta, general manager and wine director at Vertical Wine Bistro. “This is an opportunity for us to say, ‘Give us a try.’ And since it’s a good deal, maybe you’ll try some items you normally wouldn’t.”

Snob-free Wine Zone: The bar at Vertical Wine Bistro (photo courtesy of Vertical Wine Bistro)

Mesta credits his love for food and travel as his inspiration for getting into the wine business. His advice to people who are new to wine is to cast aside the notion that they don’t know enough about wine to enjoy it. “No one will ever know enough,” he says. Instead, he suggests focusing on what you like and what sensations and flavors you experience when sipping a glass of wine. “Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful, classic wine. Allow yourself to taste the fruit and the minerality.” Pinot Noir, with its cherry aromas and pleasant acidity, is another wine-novice favorite, according to Mesta.

Charcuterie is part of the Leap Year deal at Vertical Wine Bistro (photo courtesy of Vertical Wine Bistro)

Since a girl can’t live by wine alone, Vertical Wine Bistro will also be offering 29-cent cheeses and charcuterie. Seven different cheeses and artisanal cured meats will be on the Leap Year specials menu.”Food is a different experience when you try it with wine,” Mesta noted. Truer words were never spoken.

Vertical Wine Bistro, 70 North Raymond Avenue (upstairs), Pasadena, Calif. (626) 795-3999. Open 5 – 11 p.m.

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12 Responses to “Celebrate Leap Year with 29-cent wine”

  1. elianatardio February 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    great blog post, this is my first time visiting, I am already following you on facebook & twitter, nice to meet you :)

    • Pamela March 1, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      Welcome, Eliana! Happy to have you in Club Señorita Vino ;-) ¡Salud!

  2. Sujeiry February 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Why don’t I live in California?! I’ve never heard of .29$ wine in NYC. EVER. It would have been a great way to celebrate Leap Year.

    • Pamela February 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

      I thought it was such an original idea. Sorry you couldn’t be here to enjoy it – but hey, you have four years to plan for the next Leap Year. Thanks for reading!

  3. Teresa Garza February 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Wow… Lets found it.. $0.29… No lo puedo creer…

    • Pamela February 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

      Hope you were able to make it. ¡Yo tampoco lo podía creer!

  4. Leslie Limon March 1, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    This makes me wish I still lived in SoCal!

  5. I.l. Yagual March 1, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    The place is gorgeous and so inviting! The way you write about wine makes my mouth water and taste buds tremble…lovely!!

    • Pamela March 1, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Gracias, Itzel! Stay tuned for more write-ups on inviting and friendly wine bars :-)

  6. Viviana Hurtado/The Wise Latina Club March 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Ditto. Loving your blog, content, and voice! I was just in Pasadena, although not on Leap Year Day. I’ll rec to my friends in town.

    • Pamela March 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      Thanks so much for the great feedback, Viviana! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the content. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see in a future post. Cheers!

  7. AutismWonderland (@LaliQuin) March 2, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Great post!! If I were in California, I would definitely check this place out :)

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