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San Antonio Winery Rolls Out the Barrels for Tasting

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The Street Food Fest wasn't the only eating/drinking game in town on Saturday afternoon. The San Antonio Winery--Los Angeles' only working winery--held a barrel tasting led by San Antonio's winemaker Arnaud Debons. About 60 people were able to taste numerous wines for $35, including several straight from the barrel.

Among the wines sampled were: San Simeon Chardonnay 2008/2009, “Sarmento Vineyard” Monterey (Barrel Sample); San Simeon Petite Sirah 2007, Paso Robles (Barrel Sample) and San Simeon Petite Sirah 2006, Paso Robles.

The Component Tasting (2007) of San Antonio Winery Cask 520 was a highlight of the afternoon--guests sampled separate barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot wines, which made up the 520 blend.

The food served alongside the wines included an amazing dish of cold curried lamb, chutney basmati rice, grilled mango, fresh fruit and spicy zinfandel geleé. The only false step from the kitchen was a cucumber granité intermezzo meant to cleanse the palate, but left a weird aftertaste instead.

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Next month's wine event at the Winery is a Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tasting on Aug. 15 from 1-4 pm. A four-course luncheon is included for $68.

San Antonio Winery
737 Lamar St., Los Angeles

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