The 10th Annual LA WineFest returned to the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood and we made our way through as much wine as we could before that unfortunate wine fatigue set-in. The signature wine event invites fans to sip, explore and enjoy hundreds of wines and beers al fresco. The LA WineFest is one of the city’s wine festival pioneers, founded 10 years ago in 2005 by wine expert and educator Dr. Joel Fisher as a way to bring all things wine to the City of Angels in a fun, relaxed environment.
I hesitate to call it just a “wine” festival, as it features so much more than that. Everything from lemoncello, to beer, cider, ice-cream, clothing, furniture, lifestyle vendors and more. Almost too much ‘other’ stuff and not enough wine. Not that 100 wines with about 35+ different brands/wineries pouring wasn’t enough, it’s still a great event. But the amount and quality of the wines this year seemed to depreciate just slightly. Though, we did happen on a couple of hidden gems. If you wanted to up your game, you could pay an extra $20 for access to the Boutique Wine Garden, which featured some limited production wineries.
This years event also featured voting through a great new wine rating app called Quini. It’s a very elegant and fun way for even the novice wine drinkers to rate wines. I definitely would recommend any wine lover to download the app.
Another surprising favorite were the wines from Caduceus Cellars. They are making some wonderful wines out of Arizona with grapes from Northern and Southern Arizona along with select fruit from New Mexico.
Our favorite product of the day had to be Loscano’s “Vinocopia” wine barrel. Along with their wonderful wines from Argentina, they’ve got an amazing vessel to pour said wines. In a recycled wine barrel tap that would would make any wine lover drool. Pick your barrel (chilled or not), which can be customized with your own name and then choose your wine (the Barrel holds 4L wine inserts that stay fresh up to 60 days!). All for just $199. You can order it here. We recommend the Cabernet Sauvignon.