SOURCE: Wine & Spirits Magazine

April 17, 2008 05:15 ET

Wine & Spirits Magazine Brings LA's Brightest Young Wine Pros to 'HOT PICKS' Event May 22

Sommeliers and Buyers From Comme Ça, Grace, Osteria Mozza, Silver Lake Wine and More Pour Favorite Wines Project Ethos Spins Tunes for Millennial and Gen Y Wine Lovers

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - Wine & Spirits Magazine is bringing together ten of Los Angeles' most successful restaurants and wine retailers with the youngest industry talent to their LA HOT PICKS event on Thursday, May 22, 2008 from 7-10 p.m. The participating restaurants and their respective sommeliers and wine professionals are: Bottle Rock, Rob Pierce; Comme Ça, Mark Mendoza; Grace, Eduardo Carriero; Katana, Eiji Mori; Michael's, Andrew Turner; Osteria Mozza, Jared Heber; Palate Food and Wine, Steve Goldun; Silver Lake Wine, Randy Clement; The Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills, Erik Kelley; and Woodland Hills Wine Company, Tim Snyder. Promoter for emerging LA artists Project Ethos will produce a global, ambient lounge audio vibe; it all happens at MODAA Gallery, a mixed use architectural studio, art museum, and artist loft space located at 8609 Washington Boulevard in the culturally burgeoning Culver City. HOT PICKS is a two city event tour; the second event will take place in Seattle June 24 at the Paramount Theater.

In keeping with Wine & Spirits Magazine's mission to raise awareness of water conservation issues, proceeds of LA HOT PICKS will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. The Seattle HOT PICKS event will support the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. Tickets are $75 and available at http://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/hotpicks.

HOT PICKS showcases Wine & Spirits Magazine critics' favorite wines of the world, and features bites from each restaurant. The event celebrates the annual Critics' Picks issue, on sale at newsstands nationally on May 20, 2008.

Wine & Spirits Senior Editor Wolfgang Weber comments, "We want Hot Picks to bring together young wine lovers and their peers who work at the city's coolest restaurants and wine shops. It's one big tasting featuring the best affordable wines from all over the world. And there's a taco truck!"

About Wine & Spirits Magazine: Founded in 1982, Wine & Spirits is published seven times a year and read by over 200,000 members of America's wine community. Consumers and wine professionals read the magazine for information on wine and spirits, including articles on established and up-and-coming regions and producers, the art and science of viticulture, restaurant and industry happenings and food and wine pairing. Wine & Spirits is the only American wine publication to win the James Beard award four times for excellence in wine writing.

About The Surfrider Foundation: The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. The West Los Angeles/Malibu Chapter represents approximately 31 miles of coastal environment from the Los Angeles and Ventura County line to Ballona Creek, including all inland cities.You can visit our website at: www.surfrider.org/malibu.

About Project ETHOS: ETHOS means "the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era." Project ETHOS is a bi-annual, red carpet event in Los Angeles that showcases all emerging Millennial Generation forms of creativity in one house, on one night. By merging fashion, music, art and other forms of creativity into one giant display of genius, Project ETHOS creates a new form of exposure for artists in general, as well as a fresh outing for any person looking for something fun and new. The mission of Project ETHOS is to become the next generation of exposing artists to the media and the public.

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