Wine Event – Rhone Rangers is coming to Los Angeles!

Hey LA…one of my favorite wine events is rolling into Downtown LA November 6-7, 2015!  This year, there are going to be 50 wineries in attendance.  Weekend events include a series of in-store tastings and winemaker dinners on Friday evening, as well as a seminar and a walk-around tasting reception on Saturday.

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 Qupe, Two Shepherds, and Tablas Creek).   A complete list of events is below.  For tickets, visit Rhone Rangers.  Use discount code “GrenacheIsGroovy” for $10 off of VIP tickets.

From last year's Rhone Rangers
From last year’s Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting

RETAIL IN-STORE TASTINGS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6.

Whole Foods, 225 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice CA, 5-8 PM. Join us for a tasting of Rhone-varietal wines with Bonny Doon Vineyard and Michael-David Winery. For more information contact the Wine Department at Whole Foods, (310) 566-9480.
K&L, 1400 Vine Street, Hollywood CA, 5:30 – 7 PM. Join us for a tasting of Rhone-varietal wines with Quivira, Qupe and Vina Robles. For more information contact the store at (323) 464-9463.
WINEMAKER DINNER, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 6:30 PM, Parkway Grill, Pasadena. Featuring the wines of kukula, Pomar Junction and Ridge Vineyards.  This will be an intimate dinner hosted by Sommelier Emmanuel Gonzalez, and Winemaker Kevin Jussila from kukkula, David Gates, VP of Vineyard Operations at Ridge Vineyards, and Mark Stern (CSW, CS), Director of Hospitality and Sales at Pomar Junction. You’ll enjoy a 3-course seated dinner at Parkway’s private dining room; to make a reservation call the restaurant at (626) 795-1001 and ask to reserve a seat at the Rhone Ranger Dinner on November 6th. This will sell out, only 24 seats available, don’t delay!

WINEMAKER DINNER, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7 PM, Redbird, downtown LA. Featuring the wines of Eberle, Kita and Tablas Creek.  Chef Neal Fraser, Bravo TV Top Chef, has designed a 3-course seated dinner for you at The Nest, Redbird’s private dining space and outdoor deck overlooking the LA skyline at Vibiana. Sommelier Ben Teig will be featuring the wines of Eberle, Kita and Tablas Creek for you to enjoy with Chef Neal’s special pairing menu. This is an intimate dinner for just 30 guests, along with representatives from each of the wineries. Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant at 213-788-1191, and asking to reserve a seat at the Rhone Ranger Dinner November 6th. This will sell out, do not delay!

SEMINAR: “GRENACHE ON THE RISE.” SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 10:30 AM. This seminar will focus on Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Grenache-dominant blends. Our moderator will be Patrick Comiskey. Winery participants include Andrew Murray, Bernat, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lightning Wines, Mounts Family Winery, Petrichor, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tercero Wines, Terre Rouge and Vines on the Marycrest .

GRAND TASTING, VIP TICKETS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2-6 PM. This event takes place at The Reef, 1933 S Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.Taste from over 200 wines poured by more than 50 wineries. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; a portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund. Winery participants are listed to the left.

GRAND TASTING, GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 3-6 PM. This event takes place at The Reef, 1933 S Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.Taste from over 200 wines poured by more than 50 wineries. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; a portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund.

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a Wrap!

The 5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival was a food and wine enthusiast’s dream!  I attended two of the three evening events and tasted delicious food, sipped outstanding wine, and filled my iPhone with incredible pictures.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the event!

Opening night - "Ultimate Bites of LA" hosted by Curtis Stone
Opening night – “Ultimate Bites of LA” hosted by Curtis Stone
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Chef Curtis Stone, amazing bites, and Beastie Boys’ Mike D on the turntables!
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Epic setting, Chef Nancy Silverton, and delicious Spicy Lamb Burgers from Badmaash!
Salad Nicoise from Bouchon Beverly Hills
Salad Nicoise from Bouchon Beverly Hills
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Fantastic wines from California!
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Citrus Marinated Hamachi from The Montage Beverly Hills is perfectly plated!
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The Roots rocking the stage on Night 3!

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 www.orangecoast.com/wowoc.  This is going to be a great event and OC could definitely use more events like this so please consider attending!