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The Young Winos of L.A.


Jesse Porter

So I made my way to a Young Winos meeting last night, and I can tell you now, these people are the real deal. Led by alpha wino Jesse Porter, these weekly meetings are as fun as they are informative, so much so that I stopped playing journalist at about 15 minutes in and entered the tasting fray as a young wino myself. I left the meeting (halfway through albeit to speed through the rainy streets of L.A. to get back to Mutineer HQ and put the final touches on Issue #3), with zero pictures (I had to scout out this picture off an Internet tabloid site) and 1 page of notes. I had gone from a neutral observer to an all out wine tasting combatant, and damn it was awesome.

The meeting had ten-ish people there (again, my fact-gathering journalism standards sunk to those of Mr. Heimoff as it turns out the Young Winos is some sort of journalistic kryptonite for me), with everyone contributing equal parts wit and wine analysis.

Jesse did a killer job leading the meeting, recording tasting notes as we went, and referring to his tattered copy of Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible whenever further reading was required.

The theme of the night was AWA (annoying wine acronyms), with each member bringing a bottle that incorporated some sort of wine acronym. These included IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), which is an Italian wine classification; DOCG, (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata e Garantita), which is another Italian wine classification; QPR (Quality Price Ration), which examines the relationship between price and quality; and CDRV (Cotes du Rhone Villages), which is a classification of wines from France’s Rhone Valley.

Everyone held their own in the tasting, and even when certain members would rely on the “tire” aroma for every wine, they would defend this interpretation like a mother cougar protecting her young.

Long story short, taking away everything that sucks about wine, and you have the Young Winos. Bravo.

Check out their website here at, youngwinos.ning.com


  1. Dylan Conroy | Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    Thanks for coming by! Great Magazine, were looking forward to working with you!

  2. Jesse Porter | Thursday, November 27, 2008

    That copy of “The Wine Bible” is indeed tattered… and its pages are stained with the blood of a irreplaceable bottle of 2003 “Shotfire Ridge” Shiraz from Barossa, the contents of which were dashed over the Bible’s pages following an unforeseen interaction within its tote-bag enclosure with a poorly-maintained section of sidewalk — which, in my haste to arrive on time to a Shiraz varietal tasting, I failed to see. My only consolation is that at least the book smells good.

    Thanks for the write-up, Alan. Very pleased that you had a good time. Come back whenever…. you’re a Wino in the truest sense of the word, and we loved your company.

  3. Pablo | Thursday, November 27, 2008

    Hey Alan – These guys seem like they can be a lot of fun. Cool Magazine by the way! Maybe in one of your up coming issues you can do an article of wines from Argentina! Let me know.


  4. JJ Bagley | Thursday, November 27, 2008

    Reminds me of the beer tastings in San Diego. Everyone bringing a bottle of rare or just great beer and tasting the night away. Can’t wait to go to the next one myself.

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