Wine Event in OC: Inaugural West of West Wine Festival

Hey Southern California readers…on Saturday, November 8th, the West Sonoma Coast Vintners, in partnership with Orange Coast Magazine and Celebrity Cruises, will host the Inaugural West of West Wine Festival.  This event will take place at the Grand Terrace in the Honda Center in Anaheim.  The West of West Wine Festival will feature tastings from Sonoma wineries including Red Car, Littorai, Small Vines, and Flowers.  The West Sonoma Coast is known for producing delicious cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah.

The West of West Wine Festival will also include fun events like the “Sommelier Challenge”,  free swag from Celebrity Cruises, and delicious food from several OC restaurants.

Wine of the West Festival
Wine of the West Festival

Tickets for the Grand Tasting are normally $175 but, for a limited time, you can access a special $99 ticket offer on General Grand Tasting tickets by using code: WOWOC at  This is going to be a great event and OC could definitely use more events like this so please consider attending!

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Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival – Don’t Forget About the Wine!

Everyone knows the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival features some of the greatest chefs from LA and beyond.  So much fanfare surrounds chefs like Michael Voltaggio, Nancy Silverton, and Sang Yoon but few media outlets highlight the fantastic wineries pouring at the event.

I had the opportunity to attend the Lexus Grand Tasting and it was a fantastic experience.  The event featured over 300 wines from producers ranging from those who make around 1500 cases to internationally distributed, household names.  I did some research on the wineries before I arrived to make sure I didn’t miss a great tasting opportunity.  I had the chance to stop by about 20 of the different winery booths and found some amazing wines.

One of my first stops was Wind Gap Wines out of Sebastopol.  I tasted their Rosé, Trousseau, and Syrah.  The 2013 Wind Gap North Coast Rosé ended up being my favorite Rosé of the event.  Bright tastes of red fruit along with white pepper, minerals, and healthy acidity left a lasting impression.  

Wind Gap
Wind Gap

After visiting Wind Gap, I headed over to Red Car Wine.  The entire lineup was well-made and their 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot and 2012 Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir were outstanding.  Red Car’s wines are graceful, bright, and delicious.

The lineup from Red Car
The lineup from Red Car

One of the most unique wineries pouring at the Lexus Grand Tasting was Movia out of Slovenia.  I had only tried wines from Slovenia one time before and, to be honest, what I tried wasn’t very good.  Movia opened my eyes to the potential of wines from the region.  I really enjoyed the Modri Pinot Noir…light, vibrant, and balanced.

Movia Modri Pinot Noir
Movia Modri Pinot Noir

Lots of other great wineries were present at the event including Baker & Brain, Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Tablas Creek, and Skylark Wine Company.  There were also plenty of nationally known wineries pouring as well.

While the food and chefs definitely (and deservedly) get a lot of attention at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, don’t forget about the wine.  This is one of the best annual wine events in Southern California!

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Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is Happening This Week!

Looking for something to do this weekend?  If you are anywhere close to LA, you need to check out the 4th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival.  The event takes place in several locations across LA and features a lineup that includes some of the most talented chefs (think Nancy Silverton and Michael Chiarello) and sommeliers in the world.  There are also tons of featured wineries, breweries, and restaurants hosting tastings and events throughout the festival.  I am particularly excited about the wineries in attendance this year.  Some of the standouts include Wind Gap, Flowers Vineyard & Winery, and Red Car.


A few of the events not to be missed include:

Lunch at Osteria Mozza w/ Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman

The SOMM Epiphany Wine and Food Pairing hosted by Anthony Giglio

Lexus Grand Tasting

This is going to be the biggest and best year yet so definitely make plans to attend.  For tickets and more info, visit Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival.


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Don’t Miss Rhone Rangers Los Angeles 2014!

Heads up to all my LA friends…Rhone Rangers is coming to LA on September 9th! This is my favorite annual wine event in all of Southern California.

Rhone Rangers is a non-profit organization dedicated to “advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of Rhone wines produced in America” and they do a fantastic job.  Their event in Los Angeles showcases some of the best Rhone winemakers outside of France (think Bonny Doon, Two Shepherds, and Tablas Creek).

Last year's event held at the Vibiana...a beautiful setting and even better wine!
Last year’s event held at the Vibiana…a beautiful setting and even better wine!

This year’s event will be held at the Vibiana in Downtown LA.  The Vibiana is a breathtaking location (it was held there last year as well) and the list of participating wineries seems to get better every year.  Check out Rhone Rangers for more info.  This event is not to be missed!

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