Now in it’s 11th year, the LA Winefest elevates the “Fun” in Sunday Funday. Ticket holders were armed with a cup and perused the unlimited sampling of wines and brews held at Bronson Studios, next to the iconic KTLA broadcast tower. Compared to last year, this location felt larger and thus it accommodated Food Trucks, Executive Style Portable bathrooms, a Larger Stage for the band, a Stella Artois RV, Artisan and Boutique booths, and other Culinary Delights for an additional fee.
Wines were poured in Tossware this year. No more “OOOHs” and “Party Fouls” from accidentally dropping these clear BPA-Free polymer. In essence, these recyclable and sustainable drinkware probably was the best choice to for party drinkers since they’re a non-safety hazard.
To add to the entertainment, Cool Beat Borscht and DJ Hentry Eschelman was on hand on the live Music Stage. With the over-sized tents covering seated areas by the stage, the music area doubled as a sanctuary away from sun and needless boredom.
In addition to wine, the craft brews were a nice touch for a sunny and warm California afternoon. Representing the LA breweries were Angel City, Coronado, Fireman’s Brew, Golden Road, Iron Triangle, Lagunita’s, and Reel Brew. To cool off from the heat, I reached for Lagunita’s Pils which is a Czech style pilsner which was light and crisp, leaving me wanting more. That was, until I found a traditional German Style DoubleBock from Fireman’s Brew. It was hoppy with a burst of chocolate flavor! At 8%ABV, it was exactly what I needed to get my “Fun” on for this Sunday.
Wine choices galore, there were lots to choose from. Some of the popular names on hand included Fetzer Vineyards and San Antonio Winery. As long as the theme of Sip, Explore, and Enjoy was in the back of my mind I made my ways and found artisan winer maker, Herzog Wine Cellars. They featured a “Variations 5” Cabernet Sauvignon. As explained from their Amazon product page, here are the Tasting Notes:
- As you journey across California wine country, subtle changes in climate and soil produce Cabernet Sauvignon in a spectrum of aromas and flavors -a beautiful palette to work from. By blending the grapes of these regions, different characteristics are contrasted and complemented. In each variation, this series carefully blends Cabernet Sauvignon to showcase the combinations, creating a harmonious and complex wine. Santa Ynez brings aromas of ripened blackberry. Napa Valley brings bold flavors of blueberry. Alexander Valley brings notes of cassis. Paso Robles brings old world structure. Chalk Hill brings dried sage in the finish.
But surprisingly, the BEST wines of the day went to Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. They brought some of the tastiest adult grape juice at the event which included Bel Vino’s Cabernet Franc, Lorimar’s Meritage, Oak Mountain Caveman’s Red, Hart 2014 Zinfandel, and Faulkner’s 2013 Syrah. Our taste preference for Red Wines are spice with a bit of intensity and bold fruitiness. Since I don’t want to sound like a snob, I would recommend taking a day trip out in Temecula Valley and sample some of the great wines they have in the region. It’s only 90 minutes away and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the quality and selections from the Temecula region.
There were lots of wines featured at this LA WineFest. As a wine drinker, it’s always a good idea to take notes (or take pictures) on the wines you tried and love. You would be surprised as the years goes by, how your favorite one year would be exchanged for something different. Thus, I love coming to these wine festivals and try out new wines. For me, it’s a lot easier to taste everything under one roof, or in this case one LARGE parking lot without having to drive everywhere. In essence, to save the gas money and to enjoy the relaxing Sunday with your love ones.
Of course, the best part to Sip, Explore, and Enjoy this year’s winefest was to benefit the Sunshine Kids Foundation. The non-profit organization provides activities and events involving young cancer patients and adds to their quality of life.
Thank you La Brea Bakery, Icelandic Water, and Peerless Coffee for offering something other than alcohol to cleanse my pallet. Oh, for those who attended the Saturday event, please just substitute the word “Saturday” for “Sunday”.
5901 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90028
June 25-26, 2016