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3 Wine (and Beer) Events You Should Know About: Wine Riot hits L.A.; City Sip home brew classes; Bogart wine dinner at the Bazaar

March 17, 2011 |  8:00 am


Make your own beer: City Sip wine bar in Echo Park announces a series of craft beer home brew classes, starting with one on Saturday. Beer expert Alex Macy will lead the class through each step of creating an India pale ale -- that is, up to fermentation (in accordance with local laws). Students also will taste several varieties of beer and take home a guide to sources and brewing methods. $50 per person, includes the class, all materials, beer tasting and lunch. For more information or to sign up, call City Sip at (213) 483-9463.

Wine with your app: Wine Riot, a wine event aimed at the young and tech-savvy, throws its first tasting on the weekend of March 25-26 on the dining deck of Santa Monica Place. Expect 250 wines, food vendors including Coolhaus and I ♥ Pies, seminars such as "What Wines Go Best With Takeout Thai?" and music from DJ Andie Cassette. Wine Riot also has its own wine-tasting mobile phone app. The L.A. event kicks off a five-city tour that heads to Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington. Tickets are $50 to $60 a person, available online. Part of the proceeds go to 826LA, a nonprofit that encourages creative and expository writing skills for youth. 

'Cinco de Vino': The 9th Annual Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program Wine Aficionado Dinner takes place May 5 at José Andrés' Bazaar at the SLS Hotel. This year's dinner has been dubbed  "Cinco de Vino," featuring a Champagne reception and a four-course dinner served with flights of Champagne, Burgundy, Rhone and American as well as Spanish wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat. Lots for the live auction include dinner with Burgundy expert Allen Meadows, a seat on the Robb Report magazine annual "Car of the Year" panel, and a collection of rare wines rated 99 points by wine critic Robert Parker. To date, the annual event has raised nearly $2 million for pediatric cancer research at the Bogart labs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Tickets are $1,250 per person or $10,000 per table of 10. Call (323) 330-0509 or e-mail info@bogartfoundation.org.

 -- Betty Hallock

Photo: Enjoy an IPA (especially if you've made it yourself). Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times.