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.”
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.
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.