LA Wine Fest

This past weekend was the 2009 L.A. Wine Fest at Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood. Over the past four years, the L.A. Wine Fest has been building, and now is the largest wine-related event in Los Angeles, with over 100 wineries represented, not to mention beer breweries, a few odd spirits like Knob Creek bourbon, and some seminars like the one I attended yesterday evening in which Georg Riedel showed off his amazing crystal stemware.
The standouts among the attendees as far I tried were Quivira (Sonoma) and Demetria (Santa Ynez)--both of which are biodynamic--Villa Creek (Paso Robles) and a few of the Eastern European wines that Blue Danube distributors brought with them, though those were mostly standouts becasue they were interesting rather than too tasty!
I took a moment to talk with my friend, Michelle McCue, who organized the press behind the event, and she gave me the inside scoop on what to expect, so take a look and book your tickets for next year!