Tuesday, June 12, 2012

For the Downtown Beer and Wine Geeks: Buzz Wine Beer Shop

We know plenty of watering holes in Downtown LA, but where do downtowners go to buy beer and wine for their homes? Well, now they should all be going to Buzz, the new wine and beer shop on Spring Street.

Buzz is not only about the eclectic selection of wine and beer (a fairly large collection of beers at that), they also have a tasting room in the back where you can get flights, taste beers on tap, and attend special tastings.
I was invited to a tasting party there along with other media, wine distributors, and the wine producers. The tasting showcases some of the more interesting (some rare) wines they have at Buzz, like Eastern European wines from Blue Danube Wines, and La Clarine Farm wines from the Sierra Nevada foothills. Sierra what? It's apparently a region east of Sacramento - a growing wine region that had escaped my radar thus far.

A sweet Mosel Riesling will always make me happy.

Stetson from Blue Danube wine showed off one of his current favorites just before I left, a 2006 Bura Estate Vintner Berba from Croatia. I was glad I got to try this amazing wine as apparently at the time we did, there were only a couple of bottles left for retail in Los Angeles, one of them being in the Buzz wine cellar!
The selection of beers on tap should also not be missed, often featuring a lesser-known, smaller craft breweries - so small they don't have their own keg handles - like Pacific Brewing Laboratory, Dying Vines, and Linden Street Brewery.

Buzz Wine Beer Shop
460 South Spring Street
 Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 622-2222


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