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Finally taste what Sine Qua Non wine is all about

KranklThe wines of Sine Qua Non are cultish even for wine geeks. To get a shot at sampling them, you almost have to know someone who knew Manfred Krankl back when he first started making them -- that would be 1994, when he was still sommellier at Campanile. (So cultish is the winery that the only thing on its website is a teaser for "a whole web experience coming soon.")

On the rare occasions you can find any of these wines at retail, they'll usually run you at least $100 a bottle. But now you've got a chance to find out what these quirky Rhone varietals from the Central Coast are all about, thanks to the folks at Redd Collection. Friday and Saturday, they'll be pouring six Sine Qua Non wines for a $90 fee (or spend $200 in the store and the tasting is free).

On the menu: the 2007 Body & Soul (a Roussane-Viognier blend); 2007 Dangerous Birds (Grenache-Syrah-Viognier); 2009 Upside Down (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre); 2004 Poker Face (96% Syrah with bits of Mourvedre and Viognier); 2008 Next of Kyn (Syrah-Grenache-Roussane) and 2007 To the Rescue Roussane.

Call for a reservation.

8440 Warner Drive, Unit C, Culver City, (310) 202-7333, www.reddcollection.com. 

-- Russ Parsons

Photo: Sine Qua Non winemaker Manfred Krankl. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.

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