On Sunday, the 18th Street Arts Center held their 1st Annual CRUSH, an artisanal wine, art and food tasting event at their location on 18th Street in Santa Monica. This was a fundraising event for the 18th Street Arts Center and I would say they had a pretty nice turnout of about 500-600 people; if I had to guess. It was a great day to be outside, the food smelled and tasted great, there was good music, fun people and wine; lots and lots of wine.
As you know, I am more of a craft beer guy, but we did share a couple splashes of various types of wine from several different wineries. There were more than 50 wines to choose from, so basically we would get some food from one vendor, then take it to a wine booth and ask what they thought would pair best with it. It was a good way to try something new. There were also several art studios open and demonstrations on how to taste wine to how to make coffee. It was a fun day and all monies went to benefit the 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.