CA Wine Festival (Santa Barbara)
One of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state is back for its 14th year! The California Wine Festival showcases California’s premier wine and culinary professionals with nearly 250 wines from over 70 wineries, as well as delicious gourmet foods, and lively music. The Annual California Wine Festival, an outgrowth of Touring & Tasting magazine, provides a forum for wineries large and small to display their latest vintages and provide samples to wine lovers. Come experience California’s finest wines at the biggest wine festival under the sun! Too bad I missed it! Took Amtrak to SB yesterday and it was fabulous!
When: July 13th-15th (More info. at californiawinefestival.com)
Where: Various Locations around Santa Barbara
Garagiste Wine Festival
If you aren’t able to make it to Santa Barbara for the CA Wine Festival, don’t worry- Garagiste brings the wine festival to you! The Garagiste Wine Festival showcases the wines of 50 high-quality, limited-production, commercial winemakers who are making under 1500 cases per year from all over California. Featuring small-lot wines that can be very hard to find, the festival aims to support these emerging winemakers and those without large marketing budgets- Over 60% of these winemakers don’t have a tasting room. This is a great opportunity to meet these artisans in person and taste their passion. This year’s festival takes place in the historic Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club in Santa Monica. (Pricey!)
When: Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:00pm – 6:00pm (More info here: Garagiste Festival)
Where: Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club in Santa Monica
Wine & Tricks in Beverly Hills
This is a wine tasting event like no other: where vampires exist and magic swirls in the air! At the Vampire Lounge, you will enjoy a seductive flight of top-tier wines and sinful signature chocolates that have made Vampire Vineyards famous, such as: Vampire Pinot Grigio, Trueblood Chardonnay, Vampire Pinot Noir, Dracula Syrah and Vampire Cabernet. To futher seduce you, Vampire Dark Chocolate and Vampire Milk Chocolate will also be served. But wait, there’s more! During the second half of the event, you will experience astounding close-up illusions by a master magician. The magic will happen right before your eyes in the upstairs Vampire Lounge which accommodates only 12 people. Buy tickets in advance (August is already selling out!) Bet my friend, Clare, would be ALL over this event! For full event details, visit www.WineAndTricks.com
When: Several nights throughout summer
Where: Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room (9685 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212)
LA Food & Wine Festival
The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and culinary personalities from throughout the nation. Bringing them all together to Grand Avenue, for an event that spans the entire city. Past celebrity chefs that have shown off their skills at the festival include Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Fieri, and Michael Ginor. Visit http://www.lafw.com for more info.
When: August 24th – 27th!
Where: Multiple Locations in Los Angeles
Friday Night Wine Tastings at Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House
In its 9th season, Los Feliz‘s Barnsdall Art Park welcomes Angelenos to sip wine, picnic and watch the sunset (with stunning views overlooking the city) for Friday Night Wine tastings at Frank Lloyd Wright’s UNESCO-nominated Hollyhock House. The event, which attracts sellout crowds, features music, fine selections of boutique artisanal wines from Silverlake Wine, and a number of rotating food trucks, as well as pop-ups by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and The Cheese Store of Silverlake. Tickets cost $35 for a tasting and $50 for a tasting + tour. While families of all ages are invited to enjoy the Park, picnic, and dance, due to legal regulations, only ages 21+ will be allowed inside the fence for the Hollyhock House Tour or the wine tasting. exhibitions. I am in!! Buy tickets at http://barnsdall.org/events/wine-tastings.
When: Friday Nights through Sept. 22nd, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Barnsdall Art Park, Hollyhock House West Lawn (4800 Hollywood Blvd.)
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