Datebook: Silverlake Wine launches a tasting at the Standard Downtown
Silverlake Wine launches the first in what is to become a weekly wine-tasting event at the Standard hotel in downtown L.A. The event takes place in the minimalist wonderland that is the hotel's lobby and includes three boutique wines paired with snacks from the Standard's Lobby Lounge kitchen. The Standard Downtown, 550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, 5-8 p.m. $20. (213) 892-8080. www.silverlakewine.com.
Like restaurant week but with shopping, South Coast Plaza celebrates the opening day of its third annual "Fashion Plates" promotion with 13 participating restaurants offering $20 three-course lunches and $40 four-course dinners. Nello Cucina and Royal Khyber include a glass of wine with dinner, and David Myers' Pizzeria Ortica participates for the first time. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Through March 29. (800) 782-8888. www.southcoastplaza.com.
Paso Robles kicks off its 17th annual Zinfandel Festival, which includes a "Reserve" tasting featuring specialty reserve barrels from participating wineries paired with appetizers from local restaurants; a wine-country auction; and a grand tasting. Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. Through Sunday. For information and tickets, call (800) 549-9463 or go to www.pasozinfest.com.
Pass the cheese, please. San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles classes up your weekend with its "Pairing Wine With Cheese" wine-tasting seminar. It's a straightforward concept that involves seven wines and as many dishes, including pecorino Toscano with roasted peppers and arugula purée and Gorgonzola dolce with lavender honey for dessert. San Antonio Winery, 737 Lamar St., Los Angeles, noon to 3 p.m. $75. (323) 223-1401, ext. 8745. www.sanantoniowinery.com.
— Jessica Gelt
Photo: Lobby at the Standard Downtown Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times