So after a surreal couple of days–wherein I found myself lost briefly on the back lots of Paramount studios where I was to be a guest on the Tasting Room by Tom Leykis (check out the link to the Memorial Weekend Event podcast)–I’m once again in Los Angeles, the sprawling city and twisting highways of my youth in southern California, this time helping with the preparations for the first of two Hot Picks events put on by Wine & Spirits (tickets for tomorrow’s event in LA, and the second installment in Seattle on June 24th, can be purchased here).
Among the many errands that my colleague Nicole Drummer and I ran today in support of the event was a water pickup in South Central LA, where we procured several 5-gallon jugs of premium drinking water from Aqua Blue. We had to strap some of the bottles in to the back seat of my rental car (above) to keep them from rolling around as we drove on the freeway. In an effort to encourage a lighter carbon footprint for the event, we opt for bulk water stations rather than bottled water: ergo the event tagline, “Drink Wine, Save Water.” Proceeds from the LA event will benefit the Surfrider Foundation, while the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance will be the beneficiary at the Seattle event.
Now, if there was only some way to cut back on the actual glass bottles of the wine poured at the event, we’d be golden..
*To view a complete list of the wines featured as Critics’ Picks from the 2008 June issue of Wine & Spirits, click here. Many of these wines will be available to taste at the Hot Picks events in Los Angeles and Seattle.