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Taste 9 Wines from 7 Malibu Wineries in... Santa Monica

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Inside Pourtal (more photos here) | Photo by Matt Vancucci/LAist

Inside Pourtal (more photos here) | Photo by Matt Vancucci/LAist
Newcomer wine bar Pourtal, which opened last June in Santa Monica, is at it again with another California wine theme. For most of January, "Made in Malibu" will explore some of most nearby wineries along the coast. "This is a great opportunity for us to spotlight some of our favorite California wines—all of which are produced right in L.A.'s backyard," explained owner Stephen Abronson.

Past California-themed wine "tours" at Pourtal have included wines along the 101 Freeway and Pinot Noirs from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. While the bar has a by-the-glass list (two more Malibu wines can be found there), its main attraction are the pay-by-the-ounce Enomatic machines, where the following nine wines will be found:

2006 Hoyt Family Vineyards Chardonnay
2007 Cielo Malibu Rouge
2001 Semler Cabernet Sauvignon Library Release
2005 Semler Syrah
2005 Rosenthal Malibu Newton Canyon Merlot
2004 Rosenthal Surfrider Red
2007 Griffin Family Vineyard Malbec
2007 Malibu Vineyards "Vortex" Sangiovese
2008 Malibu Sanity Pinot Noir, Schetter Malibu Vineyard

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Throughout the month, there will be a handful of hand-poured tastings featuring each of the wineries. "Made in Malibu" will be run January 6th through the 31st.

Come mid-January, the bar will also launch another tasting series comparing five classic California Zinfandels to Italian Primitivo and others in Europe.