November 18th, 2008 16:43 EST
Discover wines without attitude with Brad Roen
Recently I met with Brad Roen of Eight-18 Wine Bar. Brad is the owner of one of the hottest wine bars in Southern California. Eight 18 has an interesting clientele as it is located in the heart and soul of the movie industry here in California. It neighbors to almost every major movie studio including NBC, Warner Brothers and Universal Disney. They provide wine lockers for select clients including Andy Garcia and Jennifer Love Hewitt to name a few.
Brad has an interesting philosophy about wine, he serves his customers, wine without attitude. " He tells me that his bar is the perfect spot for the novice drinker to the connoisseur as he specifically hires servers who know what each wine tastes like and can tell a customer why they might enjoy it! With over 40 bottles of wine available to taste it is important to have servers who are educated on how the wine tastes so that they can match what they have to your unique taste buds. Not only is Brad passionate he encourages an environment in which people can feel free to chat about wine.
The wine bar boasts a very interesting art collection. In fact they every few months they change up their artwork. Currently they are featuring a local artist who shows 40 styles pin up girls shown in an exotic way. At the end of the month they will actually feature the artist and the pin up girls (the real models) in the wine bar. I am sure it will be a fun night!
Soon Brad will be launching a TV show called, Love and Minds " It`s a show about his passion of wine. In the show he will be looking for the best wines while his co star Heather Meeker is looking for the best wine guide she can find! So basically he is looking for juice and she is looking for love! I can`t wait till this show comes out.
Brad is currently featuring the wine of Ryan Carr. I was excited to hear this as we here at the Coastal Vineyards Wine Club featured his wines in our club nearly two years ago. It was exciting to see how Carr Wines has grown and developed in the world of great wine!
Brad is a very light and fun guy. He tries to bring everything from a lightly buzzed " perspective. He and I had a great conversation and he shares my passion for enjoying a great bottle of wine. Brad is the kind of guy that I am sure I will become life long friends with.
As many of my readers know, I have been on a quest to start pairing wines with gourmet bacon. Brad has agreed to help the Bacon Freak Bacon Club with this task and may even feature an event doing just that in his wine bar. We will keep you posted as that develops.
Be sure to visit one of the best wine bars in the movie capital of world " Eight 18!
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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club
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