Wine Expo in Santa Monica. I don't really know why, I've just never been there. It's a pretty wacky place. It's for the most part, all weird Italian wine and Champagne. I absolutely love it. They direct import a lot of the stuff, so it's all pretty unique. I bought quite a few interesting things, which will obviously show up here in the future. Some of them are way off the beaten Italian path, especially if your only frame of reference is Chianti, Brunello, Barolo, and Barbaresco...they're going to be interesting., and of course, probably better values too. You gotta have some love to be bringing these things in, right? Anyways, definitely worth a look.
I picked this wine up too, at the recommendation of Erik, who is far too knowledgable about all the weird Italian stuff. Seriously. Guy can drop some major cork. Anyways, this is weird for Wine Expo, which should probably tell you something about it. It's from Chile after all. Why would an almost exlusively weird Italian shop bring in something from Chile? Becuase it's really good. That's why. 9$ with a screw-cap. Pedro Ximenez, obviously, is a sweet dessert Sherry (and if you've ever had one, with all of its' raisiny goodness, you're in for a treat. I had a '79 years ago at Portalis in Ballard...it's still etched in my memory after all these years.). Wikipedia tells me that this version of Pedro Ximenez might not actually be the same grape, but whatever. They also use this grape to make Pisco. This is a unique and different wine, whether it's the same grape they use to make Sherry or not. Extremely floral nose, with pear accents. Racy acidity, great body (this wine is aged on the lees in stainless steel) lots of pear flavors, a good apple-pear finish, and a little bit of stone mixed in. Very much reminds me of a mutant cross between a new world Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay. Absolutely worth checking out, and a great value. Delicious. A