Vodka Shots, Firestone Beer, Wild Decanters & Wine Galore: 2010 LA Wine Fest
This year's LA Wine Festival tapped into two popular trends: organic biodynamic wines, and blood-sucking vampires. Over two thousand attendees congregated around dozens of wine booths, stretching their arms and glasses out in the 80-degree heat, requesting wine refills at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood last Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6. Vampire Vineyards poured heavy reds, while local (and international) wineries poured their own vino samplings. Some California winemakers had fun with their blends. "You know when you drink a lot of syrah and grenache? Why not just drink syrache?" said Peter Work of the hand-tailored Ampelos syrache.
While the festival, sponsored by websites and restaurants such as dineLA, CitySipper, and Breadbar, was short on free foodstuff, food booths offered eats such as bacon-grilled cheese sandwiches from The Must, sushi from Tsunami, and a couple of food trucks of course. Working our way through perspiring crowds under the beating sun for four-plus hours, we found solace inside of a promotional Buick parked in the shade--it seemed worth filling out the one-page questionnaire. Scotch tastings and Absinthe educational classes were available for those who wanted a different kind of wine fest experience. So, maybe mixing whiskey, vodka, wine, and beer wasn't the best idea. Luckily we survived. More photos after the jump.
Celia Soudry Summerland Winery
Celia Soudry Frank Family Vineyards