Pali Wine Gives Back to Black Organizations

Tim Perr, CEO of Pali Wine Co. released a statement saying “Pali has never tolerated racism. We unequivocally stand against all forms of racism and do not tolerate discrimination of any type including but not limited to race, gender and sexuality. As a small family business, these are our core values at home and an important part of our corporate culture. Over the years, we have donated to countless community charities and causes and will continue our efforts for years to come.”

To show their support, Pali will donate 10% of their total sales to the following organizations and Perr is personally matching Pali’s donation.

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Black Girls Code Increases the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields. They encourage women leaders in their communities, and women to become builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

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Summaeverythang Community Center – Founded in 2019 by artist and fantasy architect, Lauren Halsey, this community center based in South Central Los Angeles is dedicated to the empowerment and transcendence of black and brown folks socio-politically and economically, intellectually and artistically. They distribute free organic produce box donations for Watts and South Central Los Angeles.

Black AIDS Institute – Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only premier uniquely and unapologetically Black think and do tank in America powered by two decades of work to end the Black HIV epidemic. Led by people who represent the issues, BAI sources our capacity building, mobilization, policy, and advocacy efforts from Black leaders and communities across the country and provide high quality direct HIV services and linkage to care to Black people.

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Pali Wine CO., stands in solidarity with the Black Community and all people of color.



Deal of the Day: “Maisel Day” on Aug. 15

Here’s a clever marketing idea – Amazon Prime is celebrating 20 Emmy nominations with “Maisel Day” in Los Angeles on August 15. Businesses in the Greater L.A.-area will offer “take a trip back in time to 1959” with food, drink and even hotel prices from that time period.  Go early on Thursday because these deals are good while supplies last and are limited to one per person only on August 15, 2019.

The Americana in Glendale – 889 Americana Way
1. DELUCA’S ITALIAN DELI – “Mrs. Maisel” Deli-style Turkey Sandwich for $2.
2. HÄAGEN-DAZS Order a scoop of ice cream for 80¢.
3. LADURÉE order a Macaron for 25¢.
4. PHILZ COFFEE –  a cup of “Mrs. Maisel” Rose Coffee for 50¢ starting at 6 a.m..
5. YUM CREAMERY order a special Ice Cream Dessert for $1.00 starting at 10 a.m.

San Fernando Valley:

1. ART’S DeliCorned Beef, Pastrami, or Turkey Sandwich with Pickle: 99¢ – 12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City valid from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2. BIG SUGAR BAKESHOP – Pink Vanilla Cupcake: 25¢. – 12182 Ventura Blvd, Studio City. Promotion valid from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
3. MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAMS order a scoop of Ice Cream for 25¢. – 12073 Ventura Pl, Studio City
4. SUSIECAKES – order a Pink Vanilla or Pink Chocolate Cupcake for 25¢ starting at 10 a.m. Limit 2 per person.- 13029 Ventura Blvd, Studio City.
5. Stay overnight at THE SPORTSMEN’S LODGE HOTEL for a One-Night Stay for $40.- 12825 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
The Grove LA – 189 The Grove Drive
1. DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY – order a Croissant for 50¢ starting at 9 a.m. 
2. LADURÉE Macaron for 25.
3. SEE’S CANDIES purchase a 1-Pound Box of Chocolates for $1.50 starting at 10 a.m.
Deals in Los Angeles:
1. CANTER’S DELI – “Maisel” Pastrami Sandwich: 99¢ – 419 N Fairfax Ave. Promotion valid starting at 9 a.m. 
2. CAFE 50’S order a Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Malted Milkshake for 30¢. – 11623 Santa Monica Blvd. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
3. MEL’S DRIVE-IN order a Melburger + Fries for 50¢. A Milkshake is 30¢ and a slice of Pie is 30¢ starting at 9 a.m. 8585 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood. 
4PINK’S HOT DOGS are selling a 59¢ Hot Dog starting at 9:30 a.m. 709 N. La Brea Ave.
5. SUSIECAKES order a Pink Vanilla or Pink Chocolate Cupcake for 25¢. Limit two per person starting at 10 a.m. 11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles.
6. Starting at 9 a.m., fill up to 20 gallons of gas at CHEVRON SANTA MONICA for 30¢/gallon. 1819 Cloverfield Blvd, Santa Monica. Use the 24th Street entrance. 
7. HOLLYWOOD IMPROV – Come to the 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. One Admission is $1. 8162 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
8. THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL enjoy a One-Night Stay for $40.00. 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood.
Palisades Village – 15225 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades
1. THE DRAYCOTT celebrate with a $2 glass of Champagne. Promotion valid from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 – 10 p.m.
2. HANK’S – Enjoy an 85¢ Reuben Sandwich
3. MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAMS get a scoop of Ice Cream for 25¢. Promotion starts at 11 a.m. 
4. SEE’S CANDIES purchase a 1-Pound Box of Chocolates for $1.50 starting at 10 a.m.

5. Go see a movie at the BAY THEATRE for a 51¢ ticket starting at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.



Walking along The Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara into the Funk Zone, you soon come upon 10 blocks filled with an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Converted warehouses are decked out as wine tasting rooms for local wineries in the Santa Barbara County and Central California. We stopped inside the Pali Wine Co., which is located just two blocks from the ocean and Santa Barbara train station.


Once inside, we selected two tasting flights of five wines each, the Pali Wine Taste and Tower 15. Tim Perr and Scott Knight co-founded Pali Wine Co. in 2005, sourcing most of the grapes from the top vineyards in Santa Barbara County and Sonoma. Later, they purchased 50 acres of land in the Gypsy Canyon Road in coastal Lompoc. Gypsy Canyon is an ideal spot to grow grapes used to make Pinot Noir. The grapes grow well into late August and September. The sun heats up the area during the day and cools down when the fog rolls in from the Pacific Ocean, creating high acidity and better balance with the big fruit flavors.


Growing up in the wealthy beachside community of Pacific Palisades, Perr and Knight named their wines after neighborhoods, such as the Huntington, named after the celebrity enclave offering the best ocean views, or the Riveria, named after the upscale Riviera Country Club.

They hired Aaron Walker, partner and winemaker at Pali Wine’s wine making facility in Lompoc, to blend and bottle their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. He’s a wine making expert and has developed a good relationship with other farmers in California and Oregon.


Ready for our Pali Wine tastings, we took a seat at a booth inside the tasting room and next to the outdoor patio. As the friendly and knowledgeable server brought a bottle of  2016 “Charm Acres” Chardonnay, we ordered a gourmet cheese plate from local C’est Cheese Santa Barbara.  It arrived in a box with slices of artisanal cheese, nuts, dried fruit and crackers.


They also brought over a colorful wine fan deck. Similar to what painters use to select the right color for painting, this one had the dates of wine releases, names of the wines and tasting notes. It’s fun to have at your table and quiz each other. Each page offers a 7-step value range of alcohol percentage, vineyard, AVA, oak percentage, fermentation length, bottling date and how the wine pairs with different food.


Tasting “Charm Acres,”  we learned it is made from multiple vineyard grapes up and down the California coast, from Sonoma to Santa Barbara. It’s crisp and bright and not a big, fat, buttery oak Chardonnay. I loved the essence of peach, crème brulee and a touch of sea salt.


Other tastes of wine included 2016 “Bluffs” Pinot Noir and 2017 “Huntington” Pinot Noir. This Huntington Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the Santa Barbara County and has achieved a Wine Spectator score of 90 consistently. Costco loves this wine and has been carrying it for years in their stores. The last two pours were from a 2017 “Summit” Pinot Noir and 2016 “Pali Estate” Pinot Noir.

Next we tasted the flight of Tower 15 wines. It’s named after a lifeguard tower at Will Rogers State Beach in the Palisades. In 2012, Pali launched Tower 15 Winery featuring bottles with twist off caps.


The 2016 Reserve Tower 15 Sauvignon Blanc was light and crisp to get our palate ready for the other wines. Next we sipped 2018 “White Cap: White Rhone Blend and looked at the color deck. This wine highlights premium white Rhone grapes from Central California and is made from 52% Grenache Blanc, 17% Marsanne, 17% Roussanne and 14% Voignier.


My favorite was a lovely summer 2018 “P.C.H.” Rose, named for the scenic Pacific Coast Highway that runs along much of the California coastline. This dry, crisp style of Central Coast Rosé is made from a combination of whole-cluster pressed Pinot Noir grapes and blended with ten barrels of saignée made from premium Pinot Noir vineyards. It’s barrel-aged entirely in neutral oak for four months and then bottled.


Since Pali Wine Co. is so proud of their wines, they have opened 5 public tasting rooms in different So Cal locations. Besides the Santa Barbara Funk Zone, they have one in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto (a large collection of wineries, tasting rooms, and wine cellars located on PCH and 12th Street), another in the Little Italy section of San Diego, and in downtown Anaheim, near Disneyland and the Packing House. The most recent tasting venue opened in vibrant DTLA Art’s District. Besides tasting rooms, each offer light food items, game night, harbor wine cruises and other fun events to engage their fans. They also sell wine bottle growlers to take home and enjoy.


Join the Pali Wine Club for special benefits including wine delivery to your home, invitations to special tasting room events, and special discounts. Once a member, you can visit all the Pali Wine Co. tasting rooms.

This article was featured in Luxe Beat Magazine.


Summer Fun at Palisades Village

Last weekend was a kick-off Summer Block Party at Palisades Village with carnival games, crafts and food, as well as live musical entertainment and a variety of tenant activations and giveaways by many of the merchants.


Palisades Village opened September 22, 2018, as a new gathering place offering a diverse mix of merchants, boutiques and food experiences.

Every Saturday in the Park this summer is a weekly music series, featuring talented musicians performing acoustic sets from 3 to 6 p.m. The schedule includes

June 29 – Pretty Polly Trio
July 6 – Inbar Starr
July 13 – Chris Ayer
July 20 – Chris Ayer
July 27 – Christopher Watson

Afterwards shop in one of the boutique stores or enjoy a beverage or early dinner at one of the dining destinations.

Here’s a peek at my favorite Palisades Village lifestyle experiences: 

The Little Market by Hannah Skvarla and Lauren Conrad – Known for its fair-trade, artisan-made soaps, candles, textiles, baby items, chocolates, gifts and houseware items, The Little Market unveils its first brick-and-mortar store. Inside are items made from women around the world that include woven textiles by artisans in Guatemala, acacia wood plates from the Philippines and picture frame by women in India. With their success online, now this non-profit store gives their loyal followers a chance to see the beautiful craftsmanship in person. On Sept. 22 The Little Market had an in-store calligrapher  customize the boutique’s signature tote bags with hand-lettering. Each of The Little Market’s burlap tote bags are handmade by female artisans in Bangladesh, and a bag purchase supports dignified work for women facing hardships. 1030 N. Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, 310-744-2301. 

The Drycott from Marissa and Matt Hermer – Enjoy Happy Hour now through December 31, 2019. A selection of reduced-price cocktails and wines by the glass are offered, alongside a delicious menu of Brit-American favorites on Sunday – Wednesday from 4 to  6 p.m. 310.573.8938

Hank’s  The ultimate “neighborhood joint” – A new concept imagined by the Blue Ribbon Restaurants team and named in tribute to Rick Caruso’s father, Hank. This new gourmet burger and classic American comfort food destination is open from breakfast to dinner. Enjoy Social Hour at Hank’s from 3 – 5 p.m. The menu offers mouthwatering burger, taste refreshing cocktails, and an extensive beer and wine list. Bring the kids to enjoy their own healthful and hearty kids menu. 310.525.1380.

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams  Owners Michael Palmer and Eva Ein bought the Santa Barbara based company in 2012. They are  the third consecutive Santa Barbara family to own the business. They make all their ice creams from scratch, using Central Coast grass-grazed milk & cream, and the finest local, sustainable and organic ingredients from partner farms and purveyors the company has worked with for decades. This fine ice cream has no preservatives, stabilizers or additives. Each scoop offers pure flavor, smooth consistency and texture, and a sweet creaminess.

Pet Friendly – Visit Concierge to pick up a treat for your pupSweet and friendly canine friends are welcome to this pet-friendly destination to enjoy a day of shopping at Palisades Village. In order to keep The Park as fresh and inviting for families, dogs are not permitted on the grass.

Five Star Service – Caruso Concierge provides complimentary stroller, wheelchair, umbrella, cell phone charger rentals. Visit The Concierge Desk in The Lobby with a photo ID and a credit card. Guests will not be charged as long as items are returned at the end of their visit.

To learn more, click on this link Palisades Village.

Maison Giraud – You’ll taste why Alain’s croissants are the talk of the town

My friend John was raving about a newer French restaurant, Maison Giraud, in the Pacific Palisades. “You must try their croissants. They’re the talk of the town,” he said.

Walking inside to meet him and two friends, I was hypnotized by the glass pastry counter filled with trays of croissant au beurre, pain au chocolate, raisin rolls, apricot Danish and brioches. I made a mental note to ask for one of each to be placed in a bag to take home.

John has known the owner and Executive Chef, Alain Giraud’s for years. He pointed to a large photograph of the chef on one of the walls inside the restaurant. “That’s Alain when he was about 8-years-old working at his father’s French restaurant in Coccreze,” he said. In the photo, Giraud is holding a savory puffed pastry dish.

In the late 80s, Giraud left Europe and arrived in Los Angeles to work with the esteemed Michel Ricard at Citrus on Melrose. He went on to teach others to cook and held classes at Citrus, Let’s Get Cooking and Sur La Table. Giraud was invited to be a member of Academia Culinaire de France, The James Beard Foundation and Club Culinaire Francais of California.

In 2002, many remember this esteemed chef cooking at Bastide. A few years later, he created Four Stars Private Cuisine, where he cooked exquisite meals in private residences and dining venues. Giraud is a culinary consultant and continues to offer private cooking classes in homes.

When the beloved Dante’s Italian restaurant closed last year, Giraud saw an opportunity to open a new French restaurant at that location. The Pacific Palisades Farmers’ Market is located right in front of his restaurant every Sunday.

Our server brought small glasses of asparagus soup with a touch of cream and a refreshing glass of melon gazpacho with diced mint, watermelon and cantaloupe balls to our table. A dash of Tabasco gave the soup oomph.

The Nicoise salad is a classic with its sliced hardboiled egg, quartered potatoes, cherry tomatoes and tuna dressed lightly with virgin olive oil.

To continue reading my review, click on Courtesy of the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News. Published on 9/13/12.