Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Event of the DECADE - Red X Wine Tasting, May 21

A little good ol' fashioned Riverside hyperbole is in order, because once again it is Red X wine tasting time.

Thursday, May 21, 5-7pm.

If you've never been, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. Jury's still out as to whether I'll be attending, but you don't need me there--just show up and let the osmosis begin. You'll be absorbing the awesome in no time.

Here is what I wrote last year to describe the Red X Wine Tasting in all its magnificent fluorescence:

My mind has officially been blown.

I have rarely experienced so many layers of fascination in one place.

Friends, I’m speaking of the Red X wine tasting EVENT.

If you’ve never witnessed the Riverside Red X, it is everything to love about America under one roof. Groceries. Cigarettes by the CASE. Every type of lottery ticket ever invented. A hardware store. A dollar store. A museum with statues of animals AND a suit of armor.

Oh - and booze. Lots and lots of booze.

That’s great, JJS, but I have a liquor store near my house.

I’m sure you do. But it doesn’t have a SUIT OF ARMOR and FUNHOUSE MIRRORS!

Point taken. But I’ve been to wine tastings before at other places, and they were kind of a drag – you know, kinda snobby.

I’m talking about the Red X, fool! There’s no place for snobbery. And what did your wine tasting have, 4 bottles to try? 8? Red X opened AT LEAST 80 different wines.

Wow. 80?

At least. And no, I did not try them all.

That SOUNDS cool, but I’m a little intimidated by the whole “wine scene”.

Your fellow tasters will include guys in NASCAR shirts and mullets asking to try the “SEER-uh”. That makes it 95% less intimidating and 9500% more glorious.


Great! Sounds like you’re in! The next one takes place:

Thursday, May 21


Riverside Red X

Yes, it’s early, but that leaves plenty of time to go get dinner afterward at the Corner CafĂ© or Stone Canyon Pizza (where they have, ironically, 1/2 price bottles of wine).

Let’s do this.

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