LAWineFest. – Sunday – June 18th, 2017

A brand new venue highlighted my enjoyable afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles, DTLA. The event was held on Market Row, a pretty outdoor lane partially shaded by revitalizing 90-year-old warehouses. Market Row is fun, eclectic and also houses the fun event Smorgasburg, which I will also touch on at the end of my article.

The LAWineFest is in its 12th successful year. This popular event blazed a trail in L.A to bring wine and people together in an inviting and accessible way. It is now a local institution, known to reliably deliver an event that balances fun, exploration and education.

The LAWineFest brings wines and brews from around the world, in a fun, relaxed environment. The Fest also serves up boutiques to browse, artisan merchandise to buy and more!

The new event location, headed to be the next big destination in Downtown LA, is a beautiful blend of artsy and urban and offers plenty of parking. When you add award-winning wines, artisan beers and ciders, shopping, and tasty food curated by Smorgasburg LA, you’ve got an excellent way to enjoy a weekend in Los Angeles.

LA’s “Signature Celebration of all Things Wine” attracts thousands of attendees annually. The guests savor and discover flavors from around the world, whether is a buttery chardonnay, a fruity Zinfandel, or an ice-cold innovative craft beer, this event is great for wine aficionados who want to experience small-batch pours from boutique wineries.

LAWineFest also donates a portion of the event proceeds to Sunshine Kids. This non-profit organization is dedicated to providing activities, trips and events to young people diagnosed with cancer. Some of the event sponsors include: ROW DTLA, Los Angeles Magazine, La Brea Bakery, Icelandic Glacial, Tasting Panel Magazine, Somm Journal Magazine, Tossware, and Pasquini Coffee.

The admission to LAWineFest includes a commemorative glass, beverage sampling, bottled water, coffee and bread.

Wineries: 3 Badge Beverage (Leese-Fitch Wines), A Stone’s Throw Winery, Allied Importers (Dalton Winery), Ascension Cellars*, Blendtique Custom Crafted Wines, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Bekseju USA, Inc (Kooksoondang), Blackjack Ranch Vineyards & Winery (Sat. only) , Cantara Cellars, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Cowboy Canyon Winery, Cuatro Dias Wines , Dunning Vineyards , Giracci Vineyards & Farms, Graffiti Wine, Herzog Wine Cellars (Sun. only), Holman Cellars, J. Wilkes Winery , Josh Cellars & Eppa Sangria , King Frosch Wine , Competition, Lucky Dogg Winery, McPherson Cellars, Nelle & Cordant Winery, Nomadica, Oak Ridge Winery , Old Word Vines ,PB Importers (Takler Wine Estate & Twikel Wine Estate, Hungary) ,Peachy Canyon Winery, Paso Robles, Powell Mountain Cellars, PRP Wine International, Quigley Fine Wines (Italian, French & Spanish),Rebel Coast Winery ,San Antonio Winery, Sanger Family of Wines, Sleeping Indian Vineyard, Slyd Wines, SummerWood Winery, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery , Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery, Temecula Valley Winegrowers Assoc.., Turiya Wines , The Wine Caterers ,Vinemark Cellars, Wedell Cellars, and Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards Yarden Wines (Yarden, Gilgal, Hermon, Galil labels, Israel).

Lifestyle Exhibitors: Bazaar Boutique, Bella Candles, Blue Collection LA, Body Butter Lady, Downtown Dental, Eisner Health, Equinox Fitness, Fancifull Fine Foods and Gift Baskets , Farm Fresh To You, Flask & Field, Gourmet Blends, Glitz N’ Glamour “Trendy Clothing & Accessories”, Jewelree Bar, King Barrel, Laguna Salt Company, Los Angeles Times, Meredith Strauss, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Pasquini Espresso Co., Picnic Pack , Senegence/Lipsense, Boutique, Southern, The Needed Bead, UberEATS, Vagabond Cheese Company , Vineyard Elite Perfect Wine Opener, Waerator (Pro-Comp Products, and Wine Tasting Club Card.

Food Exhibitors: Curated by Smorgasburg LA, Crispy Cuban, Batterfish, Mad Pambazos, Pico House,Beers & Ciders: Beer, Baja, Ballast Point Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing Co., High Water Brewing, Iron Triangle Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lincoln Beer Company, Peroni, Reel Brewery, San Fernando Brewing Company, and Saint Archer Brewing Company.

Smorgasburg Los Angeles:

This event was held at the same location but behind LAWineFest. Many people told me about it and I got there 45 minutes before they closed, however I managed to try out a few things:

Workaholic handcrafted Koren Mandu Kimchi Dumpling; really delicious, big plump dumplings with an amazing kincho smoky flavor.

Stoked California BBQ Brisket Taco; really complex with nice layers of ingredients and sauces.

Paratha Tacos Goa pork taco; unique pork taco with Indian bread as well as the tortilla. Kohn & Sahk Lao Style jerky, all flavors are scrumptious.

This was a very nice event with lots of stimulation in both wine and food. I would recommend this event to any wine lovers as well as folks that just want to experience a local adventure!

LA Wine Fest
777 S. Alameda St, LA 90021
*Note some content was taken off of their website.


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