It just doesn’t get any more local than this! Yes, Sweetzer, as in West Hollywood!
Coolest story ever!
Lisa and Michael just couldn’t wait for their winery to be built so they started making their incredible wines from Santa Barbara in their apartment in West Hollywood! They will tell you all about it during the dinner! This will be a night of amazing chardonnays and pinot noirs, with maybe a few surprises (like a rosé or a Grenache….)
We are so excited to welcome winemaker Michael Fogelman and “master wine-pourer” Lisa Liberati to Tesse & Boutellier! This is their VERY FIRST wine dinner in West Hollywood and will definitely be one not to miss!
(To make a reservation, just scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the OpenTable widget. Select October 18th and choose the 7pm time.)
Inspired by a summer trip to France in 2008, they began making wine in a second story, white-carpeted apartment in West Hollywood. Blissfully unaware of the challenges facing them, they hauled Cabernet grapes from Napa and Sonoma. They crushed in the carport, fermented in the dining room, and pressed in the kitchen. The bedroom, kept at 60 degrees, served as the cellar. In 2011, they decided to try their hand at Pinot Noir, and it felt as if they had finally come home.
By 2013, they were ready to share, which meant moving into a legal winemaking space and increasing their volume beyond a pair of 30 gallon barrels, but their philosophy hasn’t changed since their days on Sweetzer Avenue. Source the best available fruit grown by the best vineyard managers. Minimize intervention to let the grapes and terroir speak for themselves. Seek the perfect balance between fruit and earth, a quest that continues to inspire them to produce wines that we love to drink.