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October 29th “Exclusively Local” wine tasting and music night at TRiP Santa Monica

By Josh Wiener

TRiP Santa Monica

TRiP Santa Monica, an independent bar and concert venue today announced plans to introduce their new “Exclusively Local” wine list at a wine tasting and charity event on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

TRiP will feature winemakers from local Malibu vineyards, as well as an eclectic mix of live music acts. In keeping with the local theme, TRiP has chosen to donate 100% of the proceeds from the wine tasting to Heal the Bay, a local non-profit organization dedicated to cleaning up and maintaining the Santa Monica Bay.

At the tasting event, every wine from TRiP’s new “Exclusively Local” menu will be available to sample.

The evening will start at 7:00pm and will feature special musical performances by John Parr, Jason Arimoto, members from Marcus Very Ordinary, Elle Carpenter and more. “TRiP’s new wine list will feature only locally grown wines from the Malibu region. Many local residents  are not even aware that this is an up and coming wine region and currently home to more than 50 locally  owned, independent vineyards,” said John DeCoster, owner of TRiP.   “Starting on October 29th, TRiP will  be a great one stop shop for customers looking to find the very best wines of the region. Some of these  wines will be available by the glass and all of these wines will be available for customers to enjoy by the  bottle. You’ll even be able to purchase wine to go.”

The Malibu wine region has been growing in popularity and wines from the region have already won several prestigious awards at international wine tasting events and competitions. For example, the 2008  Colcanyon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was recently one of only thirteen wines out of over 3,500 to win  double gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. This wine will be available exclusively  at TRiP starting on October 29th.

TRiP will feature wines from some of the best vineyards in the region, including:

Cielo Farms:
TRiP will feature the Cielo Estate Syrah, as well as their local blend, Cielo Estate Malibu  Rouge.  You can find out more about Cielo Farms at

Colcanyon Estate:
TRiP will be serving Colcanyon Estate Wine’s Merlot, as well as the award-winning  2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.  You can read more about Colcanyon Estate Wines at

Malibu Rocky Oaks:
TRiP will be serving Malibu Rocky Oaks’ Rosé, Black Raven Cabernet Sauvignon  and Syrah. You can read more about Malibu Rocky Oaks at

Malibu Sanity:
TRiP will be serving Malibu Sanity’s Chardonnay and their Pinot Noir. You can read more  about Malibu Sanity at

TRiP will be pouring several different wines from the Rosenthal vineyard.  You can read more about Rosenthal Wines at

TRiP will be serving the Semler Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. You can find out more about Semler Wines at


John Parr: UK musician John Parr is the Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and composer best  known for writing the St. Elmo’s Fire theme song. John’s musical career has come a long way since then, and he now brings a tasteful and soulful acoustic Americana pop rock and blues act to TRiP. John has sold over 10 Million albums
worldwide, and has performed on legendary stages throughout the world at places like Giants Stadium, Wembley Arena and TRiP in Santa Monica! He has performed with legendary recording and touring acts like Meatloaf, Journey and Richard Marx. John brings his act back to TRiP  where he will headline the wine unveiling and Heal the Bay benefit concert. You can find out more about John at

Jason Arimoto:
Jason is a virtuosic electric blues ukulele player from Hawaii. As a former student of the  legendary Hawaiian ukulele player Jake Shimabakuro, Jason brings a unique and eclectic approach to  the instrument. He has wowed audiences all over the country with his soulful, bluesy voice and talented command of the ukulele. Read more about Jason at

Elle Carpenter:
TRiP Santa Monica’s very own Elle Carpenter brings a unique blend of pop, rock hip hop and folk to the stage at TRiP where she will be unveiling the world premiere of her new music video for  the song “Don’t Ask Questions”. When she isn’t composing music, Elle works as a bartender here at TRiP and is on the rise with the release of her new album slated for later this fall. You can find out more about  Elle at

Members of Marcus Very Ordinary:
Marcus Very Ordinary is the exquisite nine-piece folk/art rock band  from Los Angeles, California. On October 29th, they will bring a stripped down acoustic trio back to Trip.  The acoustic sounds of the trio consisting of members from Marcus Very Ordinary will be sure to  complement the wine tasting for a tastefully delightful evening. You can read more about the band at

Located at 2101 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica, Calif., TRiP is the West Side’s premier live music venue. During the day, we are a great place to kick back, relax, shoot a game of pool, try a NY deli sandwich and sample some of the world’s best beers (and now the best in local wines!)  At night, TRiP is the place to experience live local music seven nights a week – for free.   From punk rock, to indie rock, to singer/songwriter nights, TRiP truly brings something unique to Santa Monica’s nightlife.  Our goal is to
remain an active part of the surrounding community, support local artists and ultimately provide a safe,  comfortable environment where customers from
all walks of life are always welcome. For more  information on TRiP, visit us at:

Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization making Southern California coastal waters  and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. They use science, education,  community action and advocacy to protect those who swim, surf and play in the ocean, and the animals who make it their home.  To learn more, visit


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