On Saturday, July 11 Los Angeles Wine Tasting held a Picasso and Flamenco Soiree at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel for unique Rendezvous celebrating the twentieth century master of fine art, Pablo Picasso, featuring live flamenco performance by Cristina Lucio, one of Los Angeles’ most talented flamenco dancers and an exclusive exhibition and silent auction of Picasso artworks presented by the Andrew Weiss Gallery and sponsored by the Los Angeles Magazine. While listening to DJ Marlon Fuentes’ curated bespoke selection of freshly imported Modern Spanish tunes and moving to the beat of La Tigresa’s neo-flamenco rhythms, guests indulged with wines from the Rioja region of Spain paired with gourmet Tapas created by acclaimed Chef Olivier Rousselle.

When entering the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, guests are unveiled to an urban retreat on seven acres of lush, pristine property perfectly perched at the intersection of Brentwood and Bel-Air. Convenient to Los Angeles International Airport and some of the most prestigious sites in Los Angeles including The Getty Center, Santa Monica Beach, UCLA, Skirball Cultural Center, Riviera Country Club, and Pacific Palisades, the Luxe hotel offers an urban oasis in the middle of one of the nation’s largest cities making it a sought-after Bel-Air, Los Angeles hotel.

Needless to say the celebration event was yet another very skilful achievement, dawned with original etchings, prints and lithographs culled from rare editions and important collections while sampling gourmet Tapas and wine glass from Rioja. Guests were delighted to partake in the delicious choice of tasty hors d’oeuvres and complimentary tray of light appetizers that were included in the price of the ticket with more specialty cocktails available for purchase at the bar throughout the event. The guest list consisted of long-time clients of the Andrew Weiss Gallery, influential movers and shakers of consulate general of Spain-Los Angeles, Spain arts and culture, art enthusiasts, and important representatives from the Los Angeles Magazine.


During the event, just before the start of the live flamenco performance by “LA TIGRASA”, it was a pleasure once again to explore the exclusive Picasso artworks exhibition and silent auction by the Andrew Weiss Gallery. There were total of fifteen prints and lithographs on display with each one beautifully framed and mounted on tripods while placed on top of the tables for all the guests to see that also included the biding sheets attached to a clipboard under every artwork. As documented by art historians, Pablo Picasso is probably the most important figure of twentieth century, in terms of art, and art movements that occurred over this period. Before the age of fifty, the Spanish-born artist had become the most well-known name in modern art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation. There had been no other artists, prior to Picasso, who had such an impact on the art world, or had a mass following of fans and critics alike, as he did.

The live flamenco performance itself by Cristina Lucio known as “LA TIGRASA”, who is a Los Angeles flamenco dancer devoted to the study of flamenco puro, dancer for the Sakai Flamenco Company, performing artist for the Los Angeles Music Center and a flamenco director for Subsuelo, was meticulously choreographed and executed from start to finish. Sakai Flamenco is a dynamic ensemble dedicated to performing the music and dance of the gypsies of Southern Spain. Composed of artists who have lived and danced the traditions of flamenco in Spain, two dancers, a singer and a guitarist keep the living tradition of pure flamenco alive. The word sakai is a gypsy word meaning “eyes”. The company’s name refers to the eyes, which hold the emotions or feeling of the gypsy people. The staging of the performance took place at the designated area by the poolside where all the guests and the press surrounded the stage area watching and taking pictures while sipping their wine glasses. This fiery, stirring performance of music, rhythm and dance was a powerhouse presentation of flamenco, a style of music and dance that is truly unique. Through the driving rhythms of the guitar, passionate song, hand-clapping, finger snapping, sharp footwork and cries of encouragement, the artists inspired each other as they carried the audience straight into the soul of this explosive musical dance experience. The audience simply could not get enough of flamenco. The atmosphere of the performance felt very authentic to the time period of the twentieth century Spain, which included the singing and dancing that evoked emotions that were depicted in the Picasso artworks.

Jean-Baptiste Dhalluin, founder and CEO of Los Angeles Wine Tasting, once again demonstrated in constantly raising the bar when it comes to organizing and hosting events that fuse art, music, dance, food and wine in an atmosphere that evokes and compliments the time period and essence of the featured artist that emphasize the subject of his work being replayed instead of displayed through the experience of live performances.

Finally, when the live flamenco performance came to conclusion and the biding for the silent auction for Picasso artworks reached its final submission, the dance floor of the designated stage area opened up for all the guests to show off their flamenco moves as DJ Marlon Fuentes rounded out the evening, spinning Modern Spanish tunes that erupted in the excitement of the crowd as they were moving and imitating the gestures of the flamenco. Overall, the celebration event left a lasting and memorable imprint even after it was over.

The next event for Los Angeles Wine Tasting will be on Saturday, August 29, entitled “French Wine Aroma Training and Blind Tasting by LA Wine Tasting”. Join the expedition and explore the new territories!  Finally, guests will have a great opportunity to demistify wines, guided hand by hand by passionate wine expert Jean-Baptiste Dhallun.  Geographical diversity, a range of noble grape varieties (and up & coming eclectic grapes!), traditions based on culture and history but also a less stressful lifestyle help France stay on the wine scene…  but for how long?  This terroir-driven class will focus on the “sense of place”.  Let’s take the time to understand how wine is made, where they originate from, and taste how they beautifully pair with cheese!.. Further details can be found on the website.

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