Cascina Ballarine Barolo Tasting
Jan 28, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Monopole Wine,
21 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA

Events and Tastings

Wine, events, music, parties, tastings, art, food


St. Patrick's Day at the 'Pole!

March 15, 16, 17

St. Patrick's Day at the 'Pole!
Special Beers at the bar and Unique Wines by the Glass
Fri. - Sun. March 15, 16, 17
Show us you're wearing green and receive a free taste of mystery green wine. (Hint: several well-known wines have the word green in them)

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March 23, 2019 6pm-10pm

Art Opening and wine party featuring the work of Lena Moross
Sat., March 23, 6-10pm
Join us for our 5th installment of our international artist series events with Lena Moross, originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. We will be celebrating her work with special wines by the glass, Rosé Champagne, live music by Toshi (7-9pm), and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Free entry, wines paid separately

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The History of Wine
A very special wine-tasting and seminar

April 6, 5-6:30pm

The History of Wine

A very special wine-tasting and seminar covering the origins of wine to the present

Sat., April 6, 5-6:30pm, $80;

advanced reservations only

This presentation will cover the history of civilization from the Fertile Crescent to the present, paired with 10 wines related to key historical mileposts, including:

  • wine from Armenia (the site of the earliest known winery dating to 4000 BCE), 

  • wine from the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (the Burgundy vineyard associated with King Charlemagne), and 

  • Chianti Classico made by a producer whose family has been producing wine since 1385. and lots more.

This event promises to significantly expand your knowledge of wine while significantly enjoying yourself tasting it. Hosted by Roger Patterson, WSET Diploma. This event will sell out. Call the store to sign up.


Jazz with Toshi's

February 23 (Sat) 7 pm

Join us at Monopole for a great night of Jazz with Toshi's.

Also this week at the bar: 
$25 for flight of 3 from the top French regions:
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy
2016 Caillou, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone
2014 Ch. de Luze, Margaux, Bordeaux

Red Wine

Beaujolais Nouveau 2018!

November 15-17, 2018 5-10pm

This Thursday and all weekedn at the bar: Beaujolais Nouveau and special "Cru" wines + small bites at the bar: $20

Yes, it's that time of year. Beaujolais Nouveau 2018! Fresh off the wine merely weeks ago, this is a traditional "harvest wine" to celebrate the end of autumn and the successful bringing in of the crops. It is meant to be a fun, fruity, easy to drink wine. However, the quality of Beaujolais wines in general has never been better. In the last 10 years or so Beaujolais has become the darling of the sommelier world, initially having been ground-zero in the organic and natural wine movement. Come celebrate really good Beaujolais Nouveau, and truly special "cru" Beaujolais (a high-quality single-village version with 1 of 10 town names on the label, not the regional appelation "Beaujolais"). Fresh, fruity, and friendly on the one hand, and high acid, complex and terroir-driven on the other, these Beaujolais will satisfy both your "inner somm" and your fun wine-drinking self all in one glass.

We will be pouring 2018 Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau from Kermit Lynch, and two other "cru" Beaujolais for this tasting. Available all weekend at the bar.


Languedoc Wine Tasting

November 17, 5-9pm

This Saturday Nov. 17:
Special Languedoc Wine Tasting
5-8pm $10
Come by to taste 3 excellent wines from the South of France, full of big fruit, licorice, herbs, minerality. These are probably some of the best Quality-Price Ratio wines in France today.


8th Annual Champagne Extravaganza!

December 8, 4-7pm

Saturday, Dec. 8, 4-7pm $70
*20 Very special Champagnes
*4-5 Prestige Cuvées each valued at $150+
*Small Grower-Producers and Big Name Brands
*Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, Vintage, Champagnes
*Some of the best Champagnes available anywhere
*Champagne is one of the best gifts you can give
*Try before you buy!
Sing up today. Tickets sell out fast: 626 577-9463

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Art Walk & Day of the Dead Celebration!

Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Come in for a special 25 cent glass of wine with purchase of any bottle of wine in the store.  Also partake in the many activities going on on El Molino Ave. for this year's Day of the Dead Celebrations!

Red Wine Tasting

Calcareous Wine Tasting

Oct. 27, 2018  5pm

Today, Saturday: Calcareous Wine Tasting
5:00 - 7:30pm $20
John from Calcareous Vineyards will be pouring 4 stellar wines valued at over $160. including the Lloyd Bordeaux Blend from their Paso Robles vineyards. Come taste these site specific, powerful, unique wines from this quality driven producer


Oysters + Wine Night

Saturday, Sept. 22

1/2 doz. OYSTERs + 3 glasseS Killer wineS
oysters shucked before your very eyes
Sat., Sept. 22 5-8pm $40
Call store to sign up. Limited.
626 577-9473


Jazz Night & Wine Tasting

September 29, 2018

Join us Saturday night for live jazz in the mezzanine with the Toshi Jazz Band and a special tasting with Calcareous Wines of Paso Robles. Entry is free, tasting is a bargain. Don't miss it!
Tasting 5-8pm
Live Jazz 6:30-8:30pm


Wine Tasting with the incomparable
Wes Hagen

October 5, 2018

Friday Oct. 5, 6-8PM, $20:
Wine Tasting with the renowned wine guru WES HAGEN, and his J. Wilkes wines. Decanter magazine named him one of the 100 most influential wine personalities in the United States, and believes that "a bottle of wine is an investment in keeping the people we love at table for an extra hour every day." Damn straight. Call store to sign up. 626 577-9463

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Summer Italian Party: "La Dolce Vita"

August 24, 2018

La Dolce Vita!

Friday Aug. 24  7-10pm  $40

For tickets click here or call: 626 577-9463

Come live the good life and enjoy the summer alla Italiana!

(scooter parking available)

This Roman Holiday Includes:

Classic Italian wines poured by our own Wendy

Italian snacks/prosciutto/cheeses/aperitivi

Joe Lopiccolo guitar with Soprano Elisabetta Russo singing opera

Italian pop music on the hi-fi   

Italian movies projected on wall

Art Exhibit with Italian artist Silvia Gallini

Aperol Spritz (additional charge)

Wear you fanciest/most interesting shoes!

$40 advance reservations only; 50% off with Italian Passport

Friday Wine Bar closed for this special event

Limited space so call 626 577-9463 to sign up!

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French Summer Party: "A Night on the Cote d'Azur"

July 21, 2018


“A Night on the Cote D’Azur”

Soirée of Retro French music with DJ Pierrot spinning vinyl records, exquisite French cheeses, and lovely Rosé Wines

Wear your most breezy Pink and White summer attire! (optional)

Next Sat., July 21


$40 advanced reservations required ($50 at the door)  

Call Monopole at 626 577-9463 to sign up!

- Retro French Vinyl music by DJ’s Pierrot & Fifi of Decadanse Soirée

-Artisanal French cheese plate/planche by Caroline Busse of La Petite Ecole Francaise

-Special French Rosé Wine tasting of 3 delicious rosé wines from the South of France

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Blind Tasting Fridays

Every Friday Evening 5pm-10pm

Friday Night Blind:
Come taste 4 classic wines blind. Guess 3/4 and your tasting is FREE!
Guess 4/4 and also win a prize and your name on the blind tasting Wall of Fame!
$20 Fridays 5-10pm


Weekly Tastings at the Bar

New wines and special flight every Thu - Sat. 5pm - 10pm

New wine menu and special focus flight at the bar every Thu - Sat 5pm - 10pm

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Art + Wine + Music

April 21, 2018




Sat., April 21, from 5 to 10pm

  • Art Opening: Silvia Gallini     all day

  • Wine: Tablas Creek Wines with winemaker  5-8pm

  • Music: Toshi Jazz Band  6:30-8:30pm


Bordeaux and Bardot: Great Bordeaux and French Pop Music from the 60's on vinyl

May 24, 2018  6-8pm


SIP AND SHAKE IT UP with La Petite Ecole Française!

SPECIAL GUEST DJ Pierrot will be spinning French Pop vinyl from the swinging 60's and beyond

Plus sophisticated French wines from Bordeaux, + Food Trucks

Do not miss.

C'est chic.  

This Week at the Bar:

Great Bordeaux!

Come taste the real deal: Pomerol, Pessac, and Margaux. Almost $300 worth of Bordeaux for $35

2015 Château Rouget, Pomerol 70/btl

2013 Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan 90/btl

2010 Château Kirwan, Margaux 125/btl

Wine of the Week:

2015 Yves Cuilleron Condrieu "La Petite Cote" $19/glass $50/btl

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Upcoming Events

  • Cascina Ballarine Barolo Tasting
    Tue, Jan 28
    Monopole Wine
    Jan 28, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Monopole Wine, 21 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
    Alberto Viberti, will talk about and pour their four different Barolos of different vintages. $12 per person for 4 different Barolos produced by Cascina Ballarin.
  • Luxury Cheese Night - wine pairing 6-8 PM on 1/21 (Tue)
    Jan 21, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Monopole Wine, 21 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA
    Let's explore the pairing of luxury cheese and wine! Three kinds of special cheese (served with olives, baguette and surprises) paired with 2 wines! $30
  • Champagne Extravaganza
    Sat, Dec 07
    Monopole Wine
    Dec 07, 2019, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Monopole Wine, 21 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA
    -25+ Special Champagnes valued at over $2,000
  • Special Turley Zinfandel Tasting
    Wed, Nov 13
    Monopole Wine
    Nov 13, 2019, 6:00 PM
    Monopole Wine, 21 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA
    An awesome tasting of one of the most iconic producers of Zinfandel in the country. Tasting class presented by Brian B.
  • Monopole Wine's 9th Anniversary Party!
    Nov 09, 2019, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Monopole Wine, 21 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA
    Don't miss our biggest party of the year. Tons of discounted wines by the glass, live music, free food, wine raffles, and more! Come celebrate with us!
  • AmByth Natural Wine Tasting & Dinner
    Tue, Nov 05
    Monopole Wine
    Nov 05, 2019, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Monopole Wine, 21 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA
    3-Course Dinner by Santos Uy $95 Come join us for a very special dinner and wine pairing AT MONOPOLE WINE! Everything will be catered in and we will eat among the church lights and bottles in the store.
  • Apr 06, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Monopole Wine, 21 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Mar 23, 2019, 6:00 PM – Mar 25, 2019, 10:00 PM
    Monopole Wine, 21 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA
Mar 23, 2019, 6:00 PM – Mar 25, 2019, 10:00 PM
Monopole Wine,
21 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA