With the canned wine category booming, longtime Sonoma friends Matthew Allan and Kenny Rochford have launched West + Wilder to offer high quality and accessible wines that can be enjoyed at release and on the go. Their debut collection includes a white and a rosé, as well as sparkling versions of both, with grapes sourced from California, Washington and Oregon. The elegant aluminum cans—three 8.4-ounce cans equal a traditional bottle of wine—are already being offered at high-end venues like the Pebble Beach Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl. A six-pack—three of two wine varieties—costs $35, a reasonable price for two bottles of wine. A case of 36 cans is $200.
On June 21, the MPI Southern California Chapter marked its 40th anniversary as members gathered for their annual installation gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. After a welcome reception in the Wetherly Garden, where cocktails were hosted by Mulholland Distilling and sparkling wine by South Coast Winery, guests moved into the ballroom for the awards program and dinner and the swearing in of the 2018-19 Board of Directors. The evening concluded with a lavish dessert reception in the Orchid Room.