One thing I miss about Los Angeles, is that you have access to so many amazing things- music, wine, outdoor activities, etc. An activity my friends and I all agree upon is wine tasting. We don’t just like to order wine at restaurants, we like going to wineries and learning about different ones. Going to try a new winery has become a fun, occasional activity with my friends, so I’ve tried a few. Here are my top 3 places to drink wine in LA: Rosenthal Winery, Malibu Wines, Malibu Wine Safari.
Rosenthal Winery is located in Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway. From the road, you think it is a small shop that sells wine and snacks , but that assumption is wrong. When you walk towards the shop you pass a set-up of a huge wine bottle and beach chairs facing the ocean- this is a perfect picture spot. In the shop area you can just buy wine or you can taste wine and then buy it. Since I’ve always gone to Rosenthal Winery with different friends, we end up doing a wine tasting and then buying a bottle to drink in the back. The outdoor area is very cute and casual, which is a fun atmosphere to casually talk and drink with friends. The wine is affordable, ranging from $44.50 to $95 and parking is cheap for the area too.
Malibu Wines is located in the mountains in Malibu and it is a large property. There are shuttles that go from a parking lot to the actual area where you can picnic and drink wine. The wine is affordable, ranging from $29 to $95. Plus it is a fun place to hang out with friends for a few hours. It is best if you get there early, so you can get a spot in the shade- it gets hot in the sun! Also, make sure to bring a blanket or something to sit on, so you’re not on the grass. Sitting and casually drink wine with friends is the perfect way to spend a day. If you love Malibu Wines and don’t live in LA, they have a Wine Club. You can join for $85 and get free shipping on all other orders.
Malibu Wine Safaris
Malibu wine Safaris is owned by the same people who own Malibu Wines. Malibu Wine Safaris allows groups to get a tour of the property where the wine is made. During the wine safari you get to try six different wines. The reason it is called a safari is because you ride around the property in an open-air car and you get to feed the different animals. This is my favorite part (I LOVE ANIMALS). I love all of the wines that I tried on the safari, which is rare because red wine is not my favorite. The views from different are stunning, and I highly recommend this as an experience to do in Los Angeles.
Even though I don’t live in LA anymore, when I visit, I still go back to these wineries! It truly is the best way to spend a nice day in LA.