NV German Gilabert Cava, $15, available at Domaine L.A.
The best 15 bucks you can spend! It drinks like it's double the price, and would fool any party guest. Dry, crisp, and a little toasty with deliciously foamy bubbles.
2010 Saetti Lambrusco, $18, available at Domaine L.A..
Dark and inky cherry fruit with a touch of tannin and structure. Great for a charcuterie plate, but can take you through an entire meal.
Olivier Lemasson "Pow Blop Wizz", $20 available at Domaine L.A..
A wild card of a wine, and so fun to drink! This blend of Loire Valley red grape varieties Grolleau and Pineau d'Aunis is almost like a white ale disguised as a rosé: unfiltered, apple-y, flavors of grapefruit and pear, and a touch of mysteriousness. Very limited availability.
Patrick Bottex "La Cueille" Bugey-Cerdon Rosé, $20, available at Domaine L.A..
This wine tastes of the prettiest, freshest wild strawberries. It's delicately sweet and has a mouth-watering finish. Addicting and perfect for a strawberry bourbon punch (see below)!
Cedric Bouchard "Inflorescence" Blanc de Noirs, around $60, available at Domaine L.A..
This is the Gateway wine to the world of Grower Champagnes. Once you go Bouchard, you will never go back to big name champers. It's made with care from all 2009 Pinot Noir grapes, and is elegant, nuanced, and delicious. We dare you to not like it.
Photography By Whitney Adams.
If you're looking for a tucked away spot in downtown Santa Monica to relax, Copa d'Oro (meaning the golden cup) is the perfect spot to ring in the new year. Sourcing fresh, organic sustainable produce from local farmers, the bartenders invite you to mix and match your own cocktail from their extensive menu. If you're looking to just imbibe, they also cover the classics with some updates.
Where: 217 Broadway (at Second Street); 310-576-3030.
What to order: The Buck Fizz (Gin, Champagne, Orange juice, and Cherry Brandy)
Where: 118 East 6th Street (between South Main and Spring streets); 213-622-9999.
What to Order: An Air Mail (Champagne, Lime, and Honey)
Where: 714 West Olympic Boulevard (at South Flower Street); (213) 745-7090.
What to order: Crimean Punch (Ferrand Cognac, Jamaican Rum, lemon, orgeat, maraschino, champagne)
What to order: The Dame (Hennessy, Cherry juice, Lemon, Champagne)
*10 oz bourbon
*1 cup strawberries, sliced, plus more for garnish
*4 dashes angostura bitters
*2 tablespoons lemon juice
*2 oz simple syrup
*1 bottle (25 oz) sparkling wine, like "La Cueille" by Patrick Bottex, $20
The day before serving the punch, mix the bourbon with the strawberries and leave them in the fridge overnight to infuse. To serve, strain the bourbon into a punch bowl and add some fresh strawberries for garnish. Stir in the lemon juice, simple syrup, and angostura. Give it a quick taste and adjust until balanced (if anything, it's best to leave it a little on the sweet side to counter the champagne), and pour in a bottle of champagne. Add ice cubes and stir. Let guests serve themselves with a ladle. Cheers!