One of our favorite wine events returns to the historic Raleigh Studios for it’s 9th year in a row on Saturday, May 31, 2-6 pm (VIP entrance starts at noon) and Sunday, June 1, 12-5pm. At the LAWineFest expect California wines regions from Napa Valley to Temecula to be out in full force, as well as representatives from wines around the world. From major labels such as Cupcake Vineyards to emerging gems like Jada Vineyard & Winery, the event will showcase an eclectic variety of vino. In addition to wine, a Stella Artois beer garden, craft brews and exotic spirits and cocktails offer attendees a diverse selection.
Early bird tickets are just $65. After May 5th, tickets go up to $85. For an extra $40, get VIP tickets to Saturday’s event. VIP includes 2 hour early entry, exclusive VIP tent, hors d’oeuvres, gift bag, and special pours not available to the general public. Totally worth it as far as we’re concerned. Get them now before the prices jump back up.
Of course, those who are hungry for more than liquid refreshment can find bites from L.A.’s top food trucks, which will be parked throughout the festival. Chef Eric Greenspan’s new venture, El Nosh, will debuts alongside the award-winning Grilled Cheese Truck, Surfer Taco and many others.
The main stage will host short, fun presentations on wine-related topics and cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs like Chef Tony Esnault (Church & State) and Chef Eric Greenspan. Additional seminars on a variety of topics will be offered for a nominal fee; classes include Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing with the amazing Barrie Lynn, tastings with wine educator Ian Blackburn and Old, New & Smoked with Sommelier Adem Sash.
Vendors pouring include Jada Vineyard & Winery, Zaca Mesa Winery, Wilson Creek, local vineyard Reyes Winery, and many more. Click here for a full list of vendors.