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 Drinkin' With Mag, L. A. Magazine by Julia St. Pierre

For those of you who caught the Fleetwood Mac show at the Staples Center last night, here’s where Mick Fleetwood was the night before. The legendary drummer hosted an intimate tasting event at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse at L.A. Live to feature his award winning wines—Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar. Mick says he gauged many of the Fleetwood Mac tours by the food and wine they stumbled upon (probably literally—it WAS the late ‘70s) along the way. Mick became quite a wine connoisseur in the process, though he freely admits he’s no expert on where or when to plant the vines. He just learned to trust what he likes. About eight years ago, Mick decided to start bottling his own, with some help from the experts.

As for the dinner: Except for a few media folks and friends of Mick, (some of whom are members of a terrific Stevie Nicks tribute band—wonder if that gets awkward?) the event was open to the public and Mick was a gracious and endearing host, stopping at every table to chat. A yummy menu—chosen by Mick himself—of lamb chops, shrimp and crab cocktail, and filet mignon was paired with three of his terrific wines: a Reisling, a Chardonnay, and a Cabernet. Mick told us all before we started to eat that if we didn’t like anything we had, we could chase him down the road. As you can guess, that didn’t happen.