If you are lucky enough to live in the Toluca Lake, North Hollywood area (as if you’re not already jealous of us westsiders) then I suggest you check out Firenze Osteria on Thursday nights for their weekly wine tasting!
For only ten dollars you get 5 generous pours, live music, and appetizers! The best part of the experience for me was that my friend Nina and I were able to sit comfortably at the bar while the sommelier came around to pour and explain the wines. I’m not sure if this is the standard practice, but it sure beats standing around a small barrel!
The Thursday tastings run from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM, but any night of the week you can get their delicious house wine for just $5 dollars a glass at the bar. Oh and did I mention this restaurant is owned by Chef Fabio Viviani :).