It’s Day 2 of the five-day Vino California festival, with more events celebrating Italian wines to come:
Tonight and Thursday Bar Toscana bar manager William Perbellini will be pouring specially priced cocktails based on Italian spirits for $8 to $10 each from 5 p.m. until closing. Consider the Grappolini made with fresh pear, fresh lime juice, grappa and St. Germain or his twist on a Negroni made with Amaro Nonino, grappa and Campari.
On Thursday K & L wine merchants in Hollywood will explore wines from the Veneto and Friuli in a tasting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It’s just $5 for a ticket, but registration is required at the K & L site. The tasting will be led by Italian wine expert Paul Sherman.
Thursday, too, is the date for a wine dinner at Valentino in Santa Monica from 5 to 10 p.m. The four-course dinner with choices in every course is priced at $59 and includes wine pairings, but not tax or tip.