I'm not a huge wine fan, but I'm always down for wine tastings -- provided they don't cost too much, and the servings are generous.
And yes, while there are a few fancy, expensive wine tastings on this week's Fab Five Friday list, they're not totally exorbitant.
With that in mind, here's the skinny:
1. Five wines for $5 at Charlotte's, 1542 Light St.
With The Vine out of commission for the next few months, Charlotte's has stepped up as its temporary successor. Head there Tuesday evenings for the most unpretentious tastings in town.
2. Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 902 S. Charles St.
Five generous pours for $15 on Tuesday nights is the second best deal you'll get around town.
3. Chesapeake Wine Company, 2400 Boston St.
Here, you get roughly eight wines for $25 at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights.
4. Bin 604 Wine Sellers, 604 S. Exeter St.
Monthly tastings aren't cheap -- $29 to be exact -- but the folks at Bin 604 really know what they're doing. Their next one is Dec. 27, I believe.
5. The Wine Market, 921 E. Fort Ave.
The Wine Market's tastings are more sporadic, and usually cost around $20-$25.
If you have any suggestions for the list, I'd love to hear them.
(Photo by Los Angeles Times)