District Wine: In Vino Veritas
2011-03-07 · By Chandra Clewley
District wine is a place I have wanted to write about for a while. I just absolutely love this spot in downtown Long Beach, but because I was pregnant for so much of 2010, I wanted to wait until I could really experience the wine to write about it.
Mark Dunton and Angela Mesna are the proprietors and they both have a love for wine, which is how District Wine came to be. The wine bar itself is well put together with concrete flooring, low lighting, a lot of wine bottles displayed for purchase and little nooks where you can sit down with your party and enjoy a quiet (or rowdy) glass or two. There is a small tapas type menu, and never one to shy away from food, I have tried everything on it. The kitchen offers flat bread style pizza with a few different topping combinations, there is an excellent nut mix that is seasoned with chocolate and cayenne, a goat cheese dish, stuffed dates, and charcuterie, among other things.
The wine comes served in several ways, either by glass, bottle or flight. I chose the flight and was so pleased I did, when we were able to try a Prosecco and even a dessert wine. I have been really focused on dessert wines lately, so this was a real treat as the trend isn’t quite mainstream yet, so they are still not easy to find and typically pricey.
The proprietors of District Wine have a great relationship with various wine distributors, so there is a nice selection, with a good balance and access to all types of wine. There is a nice mix of domestic and international, including wines from New Zealand, French, Italian, Spanish and Australian along with mostly California and Washington productions, domestically. District Wine also offers beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
District Wine has a happy hour daily during the week and in the spring will be resuming its participation in the Long Beach Wine Trolley, where, for $35 you can hop on and off and enjoy along the way!
For more information visit District wine’s website: http://www.districtwine.com/home. They are located at 144 Linden Ave. (562) 612-0411