Super Bowl Weekend

It's Monday February 6, 2017 and that means it's time to head to LAX for my flight home after a great weekend with the family and some familiar food and beverages.

Yes, the kind of fruit that comes in a bottle and food from one of our favorite restaurants, Casa Nostra's in the Pacific Palisades.

We also asked the resident Sommelier (Mike Wojo) to become a mixologist to get us started each afternoon (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) before tasting the wine from the cellar.

And so we started each afternoon with the following happy hour drink: Friday was Blood Orange Martini's; Saturday was Lychees Martini's; and Super Bowl Sunday was a pair of Bloody Mary's from the Bel Air Bay Club.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention a special Bloody Mary that was delivered by my good friend Ray Poblick. You can see that gem HERE.  It was just what I needed to help my paddle game at the club.

Speaking of paddle tennis.  We had a great family match with Mav and I taking on Madison and Jackson, the next generation.  We split sets and all went to lunch happy.

As the weekend progressed we dug a little deeper into the wine cellar and pulled/enjoyed the following wines.


  • 2010 Ramey, Chardonnay, Hudson Valley
  • 2011 Ramey, Chardonnay, Hudson Valley (2 bottles)
  • 2014 Au Bon Climat, Chardonnay, Santa Barbara
  • 2014 Aubert, Chardonnay, Carneros
  • 2014 Aubert, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Richie Vineyard
  • 2014 Liquid Farms, Chardonnay, Bien Bien
  • 2015 Carmenet, Chardonnay


  • 1994 Stagliano, Sangiovese, Napa Valley
  • 2003 Downing Family Vineyards, Zinfandel, Napa Valley
  • 2009 Tamarack Cellars, Syrah, Columbia Valley
  • 2010 Melee Grenache, Napa Valley
  • 2012 Stagliano, Sangiovese, Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • NA The Transcendentalist, Santa Barbara (Magnum)

The weekend ended with a great Super Bowl party at the Bel Air Bay Club on Sunday evening.

Just for the record, sunny California was not sunny this trip!

For pictures from the entire weekend go HERE.