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Wine Detectives are on the case in Pasadena

July 9, 2009 |  9:36 am

Wine detect Slated to open by mid-August in Pasadena, a new wine bar called Wine Detective. Good name, eh? The owners are “two shrinks and their wives” who “out of love for wine (and alcohol in general)” want to create a place where you can have a glass of wine and converse without need to yell over music.

I imagine they’ll find no shortage of similar-minded wine lovers out there. “We think of it as a conversation lounge,” writes prospective owner Lev Gertsik, director of psychiatric services at California Clinical Trials Medical Group in Glendale and one of the shrinks in question.

They’ll have 48 bottles hooked up to an Enomatic wine dispenser -- 12 whites and 36 reds, plus a number of house wines at the bar. Because it’s a wine bar, not a full-fledged restaurant, the plan is to serve charcuterie, cheeses and desserts only.

The address is 146 S. Lake Ave. in Pasadena in the Commons Mall next to Williams-Sonoma, NapaStyle and Crocodile Cafe; no phone as yet. Sign up to receive an announcement when Wine Detective opens its doors.

--S. Irene Virbila