You probably wouldn't drop $23 on a bottle of wine made from a grape called 
Pecorino--a name that recalls salty cheese--without trying it first. Same 
goes for other obscure wines, like an earthy Tannat from Uruguay ($17), or 
a flinty white made from Portugal's Roupeiro, Fern?o Pires and Bical grapes 
($19). Wine Expo is a long-standing favorite shop of ours, but with its 
unique stock of wines from Italy and elsewhere in Europe, South America and 
beyond comes a reluctance to plunk down $40 on unfamiliar bottles. But now 
you can try before you buy, thanks to Wine Expo's new tasting room. Located 
in a space just off of the shop floor, complete with a bar, tables and a 
private back room, the tasting room features a weekly rotating list of 
flights 
http://www.wineexpo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=310&Itemid=52 
(3 whites or 3 reds for $9 to $25). We liked the Pecorino almost as much as 
we like the cheese. The wine, from Italy's Le Marche region, showed an 
interesting balance of crisp fruitiness with nutty flavors and a pronounced 
minerality. There are snacks to be had, too: cheese, charcuterie and 
crostini. The cheese plate was no revelation, but we left craving more of 
the locally produced smoked olives from Orgasmo de la Boca 
http://orgasmodelaboca.wordpress.com/ . A hyperbolic name, sure, but one 
worn by a worthy snack, as wood smoke and fruity brine make for a powerful 
flavor combination. Wine Expo, 2933 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; 
310-828-4428 or wineexpo.com http://www.wineexpo.com (map/directions 
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/la/2214?allowDraft=true )
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You probably wouldn't drop $23 on a bottle of wine made from a grape called Pecorino--a name that recalls salty cheese--without trying it first. Same goes for other obscure wines, like an earthy Tannat from Uruguay ($17), or a flinty white made from Portugal's Roupeiro, Fernão Pires and Bical grapes ($19).

Wine Expo is a long-standing favorite shop of ours, but with its unique stock of wines from Italy and elsewhere in Europe, South America and beyond comes a reluctance to plunk down $40 on unfamiliar bottles. But now you can try before you buy, thanks to Wine Expo's new tasting room.

Located in a space just off of the shop floor, complete with a bar, tables and a private back room, the tasting room features a weekly rotating list of flights (3 whites or 3 reds for $9 to $25).

We liked the Pecorino almost as much as we like the cheese. The wine, from Italy's Le Marche region, showed an interesting balance of crisp fruitiness with nutty flavors and a pronounced minerality.

There are snacks to be had, too: cheese, charcuterie and crostini. The cheese plate was no revelation, but we left craving more of the locally produced smoked olives from Orgasmo de la Boca. A hyperbolic name, sure, but one worn by a worthy snack, as wood smoke and fruity brine make for a powerful flavor combination.

Wine Expo, 2933 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-828-4428 or wineexpo.com (map/directions)
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