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Events in the Wine Country – February 2019

events in the wine countryMake plans to attend these “Don’t Miss” events in the wine country. There’s lots of fun happening throughout California in February. Make plans to attend soon as many of these events will sell out.

This is the month for crab feeds, wine and chocolate festivals, and a variety of special wine tasting opportunities. The top events this month are scattered across the state from Mendocino in the north to Santa Barbara in the south. Don’t miss the fun!


California Wine Country Events


February 2: Great Sonoma Crab Feed – Santa Rosa
Crab Fest

Enjoy award winning wines paired with gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs. Dine on fresh Sonoma Coast crab and accompaniments. Participate in both live and silent auctions benefiting local agriculture educational programs.

If you love crab and wine, this is one of the events in the wine country that you do NOT want to miss!


February 9-10: February 9-10: Port, Wine & Chocolate Lovers Weekend – Old Sugar Mill, Clarksburg

chocolate curlsTaste delicious wines, ports, dessert wines, and chocolates from fourteen wineries at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. Admission includes wine tastings at all fourteen wineries, barrel tasting, chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, sweet & savory pairings, and live music & entertainment.

The Old Sugar Mill is an historic building (circa 1934) located in the scenic Sacramento Delta just 20 minutes south of Sacramento. Today the building houses a unique community of fourteen wineries.


February 1-10: San Francisco Beer Week – SF Bay Area
Beer Glasses
Attention all beer lovers! This is an event that you do not want to miss. 10 days packed full of beer events in beautiful San Francisco.

Join the fun run along the San Francisco marina. Participate in multiple beer tastings, seminars, and release parties. Take a guided walking beer tour.

Enjoy live music, horror moves, and art. Learn how to make chocolate and pair it with beer.
Attend a Super Bowl Watch Party. Drink lots of beer and dine on a variety of food, including a roasted pig and beer flavored popsicles.


February 9-10: Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Wine and Chocolate FestivalTreat yourself to a weekend of Lodi wines and delicious chocolate treats. Visit more than 50 participating wineries at your own pace. Win big by discovering the “Golden Ticket” in your complimentary chocolate treat!

Each of the wineries will celebrating this weekend. As you travel from winery to winery you’ll enjoy live music, food, a photo booth, art show, special tastings, and a variety of wine discounts. This is one of the most popular events in the wine country this month.


February 9-10: Wine & Chocolate Weekend – Madera

Wine and ChocolateThe Madera Wine Trail’s family wineries will host the 17th annual “Wine & Chocolate Weekend” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Enjoy wine tasting at participating wineries, chocolate sampling, live music, and delicious food.

Tickets are available online or at participating wineries.


February 9-10 and February 16-17: Valentine Day Weekends – Placer County
Happy Valentines Day
Placer County wineries invite you to come fall in love with the Placer County Wine Trail. They’re celebrating Valentine’s Day for two full weekends in a row. Enjoy special treats, sweets, special tastings, and live music. This is not a ticketed event. Individual wineries are each planning their own celebration.

It’s the perfect time to explore the wineries in Placer County! These wineries are located in the Sierra Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA). Most are small, family owned wineries with their own vineyards. A unique experience!


February 15-18: Wine Country Weekend – Santa Ynez Valley
Toasting with White Wine
Visit participating wineries to meet the winemakers, taste reserve and estate wines, and enjoy delicious appetizers. Each passport holder will receive a souvenir wine glass and a wine tote bag.

Explore the scenic villages of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. This area produces world class wines that you are sure to enjoy!


February 16: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting – San Francisco
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Get your tickets now to attend the largest competition of North American wines. The winners have been chosen from more than 6,800 entries and this public tasting is your chance to sample the wines.

Experience award-winning wines paired with delicious food. Learn more about wine and fine food, in a scenic location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Meet the wine makers and congratulate the winners in person! This is one of the events in the wine country eagerly anticipated by both winemakers and wine drinkers as well.


February 23-24: Anderson Valley Winter White Wine Weekend – Mendocino County
White Wine Festival
Celebrate the fabulous white wines being produced in California’s Anderson Valley. Visit wine tasting rooms all weekend to sample varietals such as Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wines, and Riesling.

Enjoy food paired with wines and live music at the various tasting rooms. Make reservations to attend a multi-course Winemaker Dinner. This is the perfect weekend to explore Mendocino County!

Learn About Mendocino County Wineries


February 23: How to Taste Wine in 90 Seconds – Napa
February 2019 Wine Events
This wine tasting class is held at the CIA at Copia (Culinary Institute of America). In this class, you’ll taste five wines and learn the lingo that goes with wine tasting. Get an understanding of what you wines you prefer, and how to enjoy it with food.

You’ll leave this class with a practical, fun, and common sense way to appreciate, record, and remember the wines you’ve tasted. This will help you to find the wines you really do like and avoid the ones you don’t.


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California Current Events Wine Happenings

California Current Events - Current Events in CaliforniaThis is your source for the latest California Current Events related to wine. Don’t miss these fabulous activities happening soon.

If you love wine, you will have a great time at these activities. Learn about upcoming happenings in the Wine Country including:

  • tastings/wine and food pairings
  • wine festivals/auctions
  • grape stomps/special blending sessions
  • live entertainment
  • fascinating seminars/wine dinners
  • bicycling/running events

Plan to attend these exciting events!
Click on the link for more information.


California Current Events – January

Red and White Wine Toast

January 16: Bubbles for Every Occasion – CIA at Copia in Napa

January 17-19: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco

January 17-20 Big Sur Foragers Festival – Carmel

January 18-21: Napa Truffle Festival

January 18-27: Crab Feast – Mendocino

January 19-20: Winter Wineland – Healdsburg

January 19: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport

January 19: Art & Wine With Something More – Placerville

January 25: Cambria Art and Wine Festival

January 26: Uncorked: LA Wine Festival

January 28-29: Annual Barrel Tasting – Temecula Valley


California Current Events – February Wine Events

Artistic Heart

February 2: Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest – Santa Rosa

February 3: Crab Feed in the Vineyards – Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Brentwood

February 9: Valentine Wine Walk – San Francisco

February 9-10: Port, Wine & Chocolate Lovers Weekend – Old Sugar Mill, Clarksburg

February 10-19: San Francisco Beer Week – SF Bay Area

February 11-12: Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

February 11-12: Wine & Chocolate Weekend – Madera

February 16: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting – San Francisco

February 18: Winter Brew Fest – San Diego

February 19: Wine 101: Sensory Analysis – Clarksburg

February 23-25: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco

February 25: Alsace Festival – Anderson Valley


California Current Events – March

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March 2-3: World of Pinot Noir – Santa Barbara

March 1-3 and 8-10: Barrel Tasting – Sonoma County

March 2-31: Spring Passport 2018 – Morgan Hill

March 9-10: Pechanga Chocolate Decadence & Wine Festival – Temecula

Mar. 10- Apr. 16 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

March 10: Riedel Education in the Vineyards – Hannah Nicole Winery Brentwood

March 10: Hop ‘N Vine Festival – Santa Clara

March 23-24: Barrels, Tasting Weekend – Livermore

March 14-18: Taste of Solvang

March 16-18: Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend – Paso Robles

March 8: Palm Desert Food & Wine

March 31: Champagne on Main Street – Ventura


California Current Events – April Wine Events

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April 1: Lodi Wine & Food Festival

April 8: VinDiego Wine & Food Festival – San Diego

April 9: California Jazz & Wine Fest – Westlake Village

April 9: Columbia Wine Tasting
April 15: Passport Day – Santa Cruz

April 20-23: Pebble Beach Food & Wine

April 20-23: Spring Weekend – Santa Barbara

April 21-22: California Wine Festival – Orange County

April 22-23: Passport 2017 Wine Adventures – El Dorado County

April 22-23: North Sierra Wine Trail Bring Out the Barrels – Oroville

April 26: Stars of California 2017 – Beverly Hills

April 27-29: Passport to Dry Creek

April 29-30: Passport 2017 Wine Adventures – El Dorado County

April 29-30:: Clayton Art & Wine Festival

April 30: Taste of Huntington Beach


California Current Events – May

Truett Hurst Winery

Truett Hurst Winery – near Healdsburg

May 2-4: Adult Wine Camp – Murphys

May 6: Junior League of San Diego’s Food & Wine Festival – La Jolla

May 6-7: Hopland Passport Weekend

May 6-7: Downtown Livermore Street Fest

May 7: Valley Public Radio’s Annual Wine Tasting – Fresno

May 13: Uncorked! Wine Festival – San Francisco

May 13-14: Spring Wine Trail Adventure – Madera

May 13-14: El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire

May 18-21: Paso Robles Wine Festival

May 19-21: Zinfest – Lodi

May 19-21: Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

May 26-28: BottleRock Music & Food Festival – Napa Valley

May 27: Art & Wine Festival – Mariposa


California Current Events – June Wine Events

Women Wine Tasting in Vineyard

June 2-4: Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

June 3-12: Healdsburg Jazz Festival

June 3-4: Artichoke Festival – Castroville

June 3-5: Monterey Wine Festival – Monterey

June 4: 13th Annual Olive Festival – Paso Robles

June 4-5: Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival

June 5: Paso Pinot & Paella Festival – Templeton

June 9-10: Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival

June 10-11: San Francisco Weekend Celebration of American Rhone Wines 2016

June 11: Barbera Festival – Plymouth, California

June 11: Toast of the Coast Wine Festival – San Diego

June 11: Ojai Wine Festival

June 11: Wine in the Pines – Pine Mountain Club

June 11-12: Creston Wine Trail Passport Weekend – Paso Robles

June 18: Art and Wine Celebration – Carmel Valley

June 22-24: San Luis Obispo Roll Out the Barrels

June 24: Santa Barbara Food & Wine Festival

June 25: The Blind Barrel – Placerville

June 25-26: LA Wine Fest – Los Angeles


California Current Events – July Wine Events

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July1: Red, White, & Blues Extravaganza – Clear Lake

July 4: Independence Day on the Napa Wine Train

July 8: 6th Annual Oyster Festival – Avila Beach

July 14-15: Mammoth Food & Wine Experience – Mammoth Lakes

July 15: Niles Canyon Railway Wine Tasting Special – Livermore Valley

July 20-23: Taste Our Terroir – Livermore

July 22-23: Barrel Tasting Weekend – Anderson Valley

July 30: Taste of Camarillo Wine, Brew & Food Festival


California Current Events – August

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August 4-5: Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

August 4-7: 18th Annual V Wine Celebration – Napa Valley

August 5: Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour – Ione

August 5: Sip of Julian – San Diego

August 12: Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival

August 12: Gala Wine Festival – Ukiah

August 12-13: Gravenstein Apple Fair – Sebastapol

August 18-19: Main Street Reunion – Downtown Napa

August 18-20: Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire – Lompoc

August 19: 11th Annual Taste of Petaluma

August 19-20: Pacific Wine And Food Festival – Newport Beach

August 20: Family Winemakers Tasting – San Francisco

August 24-27 Eat Drink SF – San Francisco

August 26-27: Bodega Bay Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival

August 25-27: Brentwood Art, Wine & Jazz Festival

August 25-27: Central Coast Wine Classic – San Luis Obispo

August 27-30: Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival


Wine Happenings – September

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September 2-5: US Sand Sculpting Challenge – San Diego

September 3-4: The Last Blast of Summer – Millbrae

September 4-6: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend – Sonoma County

September 8-9: Winesong Weekend – Mendocino

September 9: Calistoga Wine Experience

September 10: Taste of Downtown Livermore

September 10-11: Capitola Art & Wine Festival

September 10-11: Russian River Jazz Festival

September 10-11: Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

September 11: Taste of the Town – Santa Barbara

September 14-17: Lodi Grape Festival

September 16-18: Sonoma Valley Crush – Sonoma

September 16-18: Monterey Jazz Festival

September 17-18: Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival

September 17-18: Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

September 23-25: Los Alamos Old Days – North of Santa Barbara

September 24-27: Savor the Central Coast

September 29-October 2: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival


California Current Events – October Wine Events

Halloween Jack o'lantern
October 1-2: Big Crush Harvest Festival – Amador County

October 7-9: Los Angeles Greek Fest

October 7-10: Celebration of Harvest – Santa Barbara

October 8-9: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival – San Diego Area

October 8-9: West Covina Food and Wine Festival

October 14-17: Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival – Woodland Hills

October 15: Art & Wine Festival – Placerville

October 20: Harvest Wine Weekend – Paso Robles


California Current Events – November

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November 2-4: Big Sur Food& Wine Festival

November 3: Russiam River Valley Single Vineyard Night at Fort Mason – San Francisco

November 3-5: Big Sur Food and Wine Festival

Nov.5-Dec.1: The Grand Grape Celebration – Yosemite National Park

November 14-20: San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

November 18: Trade Tasting at Somm Con – San Diego

November 25: Alexander Valley Holiday Open House – Hwy. 128 near Healdsburg

California Current Events – December

Christmas wine

December 1-2: Balboa Park December Nights – San Diego

December 1-3: Holiday Festival of Wines – Murphys

Fridays in December: Cornish Christmas – downtown Grass Valley

December 2: 22nd Annual Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

December 2: Taste of the Santa Cruz Mountains – Menlo Park

December 2: Breakfast With Santa – Ironstone Vineyards Calaveras County

December 2-5: Holidays in the Vineyards – Livermore

December 3-4: Wine Country Winter Festival – Santa Rosa

December 9: Lighted Boat Parade – Petaluma (Sonoma County)

December 9-10: Solvang Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk

December 12-25: The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite National Park

Throughout December: Santa Trains – Napa Wine Train

Throughout December: Julian Country Christmas (San Diego County)

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Los Angeles Breweries – Taste the Best Craft Beer in LA

Los Angeles breweriesThe craft beer scene is booming in Los Angeles. New Los Angeles breweries producing handcrafted brews have opened their doors.

Many well known breweries from other areas have opened locations in Los Angeles. Check out the top breweries in LA for discovering quality handcrafted beer.


Top Los Angeles Breweries


Angel City Brewery
Address: 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone: (213) 622-1261
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4PM-1AM; Fri. 4PM-2AM; Sat. Noon-2AM; Sun. Noon-1AM
Enjoy great craft beer at this brewery. Tours are available daily. Food is available at the brewery from a food truck. The food truck schedule is on their website.
You can also bring in food or have food delivered to the brewery.

Toasting with BeerArts District Brewing
Address: 828 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Open Mon.-Wed. 3PM-Midnight; Thurs. 3PM-1AM; Fri. 3PM-2AM; Sat. Noon-2
AM; Sun. Noon-Midnight
This popular craft brewpub offers great beer, large bar area and outdoor patio, and an entertainment area. Play bar games, pinball, and skeeball. A full food menu is available.

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Address: 210 E 3rd St., Long Beach, CA
Telephone: (562) 436-4020
Open Tues.-Sun. 11:30AM-10PM
Beachwood’s offers 22 rotating beers from around the world. It’s the place to go to taste something new and different. They have a full menu of delicious BBQ food as well. Check out their schedule for live entertainment.

Beer Belly Long Beach
Address: 255 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Telephone: (562) 436-2337
Open Mon. 5-11PM; Wed.-Thurs. 5PM-Midnight; Fri.-Sat. 11:30AM-1AM; Sun. 11:30AM – 11PM
Enjoy craft beer as well as food. Happy hour specials weekdays 5-7 PM and Sundays 3-7 PM.

Woman drinking beerBoomtown Brewery
Address: 700 Jackson St., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 617-8497
Open: Mon-Tue: 4p-10pm Wed: 4pm-11pm Thur: 4pm-12am Fri: 3pm-2am Sat: 12pm-2am Sun: 12pm-10pm.
Taste a variety of seasonal and permanent craft beers.

Brewyard Brewing Company
Address: 906 Western Ave., Glendale, CA
(818) 409-9448
Open Wed.-Fri. 4:30-11PM; Sat. 1-11PM; Sun. 1-6PM
Brewyard specializes in a new category of Lagers known as “Common” Lagers. It’s a beer that is fermented with lager yeast at higher ale-like temperatures for shorter periods of time and completely skips the lagering process. This brewing technique allows for a flavor similar to an ale but it still retains a lighter finish of a traditional Lager.

Brouwerij West
Address: 110 E 22nd St., San Pedro, CA
Telephone: (310) 833-9330
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4-9PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-9PM
Food trucks are available. Pets are allowed on leashes. Taste the great beers produced on the premises. Seating is available indoors or outside.

craft beerButton Mash
Address: 1391 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 250-9903
Open Tues.-Thurs. 5PM-Midnight; Fri. 5PM-2AM; Sat. 4PM-2AM; Sun. 4PM-Midnight
Come for the great beer. Also enjoy the food and games. There are arcade and pinball machines to play.

Eagle Rock Brewery
Address: : 3056 Roswell St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Telephone: (323) 257-7866
Open Tues.-Fri. 4PM-10PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
This family owned and operated brewery is dedicated to producing high quality microbrews. They do not sale food in their taproom, but there are food trucks just outside.

Firestone Walker
Address: 3205 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Telephone: (310) 439-8264
Open Mon.-Thurs. 11AM – 11PM; Fri.-Sat. 11AM – Midnight; Sun. 10AM – 11PM
Taproom and brewhouse by the beach. This is one of the Los Angeles breweries that also has a restaurant with food geared for beer. Some of the beers are brewed next-door at the Venice brewery while others are from their Central Coast location.

mug of beerFrogtown Brewery
Address: 2931 Gilroy St., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Telephone: (323) 452-2739
Open Wed.-Fri. 5PM-10PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
Frog town currently has eight different styles of beer on draft with seasonal and experimental beers constantly in rotation. Food is not served, but there are food trucks and delivery options from local restaurants.

Golden Road Brewing
Address: 5410 W San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Telephone: (213) 373-4677
Open daily 8AM-10PM
Golden Road produces a variety of canned beers. They use high-quality, dual-lined cans. They give free tours nails and also offer a tasting tour. Food is available. This is a large establishment. There’s a patio, a game room and a room with television. Plenty of room for everyone!

Highland Park Brewery
Address: 5127 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Open Mon.-Thurs. Noon-2AM; Fri.-Sun. Noon – 2AM
16 beers are available on tap. A rotating list of wines are available by the glass. There’s a full menu of food.

Los Angeles BreweriesIron Triangle Brewing Company
Address: 1581 Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Telephone: (323) 364-4415
Open Mon.-Thurs. 5-10PM; Fri. 4PM-1AM; Sat. Noon-1AM; Sun. Noon-10PM
Enjoy craft beer. Food is available to be delivered from local restaurants. This is a fun brewery in the Arts District.

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Address: 1001 N Todd Ave, Azusa, CA 91702
Telephone: (213)-444-8542
Open Wed.-Thurs. 5PM-9PM; Fri. 4-10PM; Sat. 3-10PM; Sun. 3-8PM
Laguintas Brewing Company got its start in Sonoma County. It was founded in Lagunitas and moved to Petaluma. It’s one of the best selling beer companies in the United States. They also have a location in Chicago. Heineken International has purchased this brewery. The Azusa location is new. Check out their website for a calendar of upcoming events.

Los Angeles Aleworks
Address: 12918 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne, CA
Telephone: (424) 456-4191
Sip beer and enjoy a meal or snack from one of the rotating food trucks.

Mega Bodega
Address: 001 S Broadway., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 741-0338
Coffeeshop and beer garden.

Mikkeller Bar
Address: 330 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 596-9005
Open Mon.-Wed. 5PM-Midnight; Thurs.-Fri. 5PM-2AM; Sat. 10AM-2AM; Sun. 10AM-Midnight
Mikkeller is a beer bar with a great selection of craft beers. This is one of the Los Angeles breweries that also serves a full menu of food. There a second Mikkeller Bar located in San Francisco.

BeerMumford Brewing
Address: 416 Boyd St., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 346-9970
Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-9PM; Fri. 2-9PM; Sat. Noon-9PM; Sun. Noon-7PM
Enjoy handcrafted beer. You are welcome to bring you own snacks or order food for nearby restaurants.

Simmzy’s Burbank
Address: 3000 W Olive Ave., Burbank, CA
Telephone: (818) 962-2500
Open Mon.-Thurs. 11AM-11PM; Fri. 11AM – Midnight; Sat. 10AM-Midnight; Sun. 1AM-11PM
This is the place to come for great beer! Simmzy’s is a local pub that also sells artisan food and small production wines.

Smog City Brewing
Address: 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA
Telephone: (310) 320-7664
Open Tues.-Thurs. 3-10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
This family run craft brewer produces exceptional beer. Tours of the brewery are available.

Glass of Craft BeerSunset Beer Company
Address: 1498 W Sunset Blvd Ste 3, Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 481-2337
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4-11PM; Fri.-Sat. 2PM – Midnight; Sun. 1-10PM
Enjoy beer tasting and bottles to go.


The Stalking Horse Brewery and Freehouse

Address: 10543 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: (424) 832-7511
Open Mon.-Wed. 11:30AM-1AM; Thurs.-Fri.11:30AM-2AM; Sat. 10AM-2AM; Sun. 10AM-1AM
The Stalking Horse Brewery and Freehouse combines traditional Cornish fare with an onsite craft brewery. This is one of the Los Angeles breweries with a restaurant. A rotating assortment of beers, plus a full bar and pub menu offer visitors a place to relax and dine.

Three Weavers Brewing Company
Address: 1031 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301
Telephone: (310) 400-5830
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3PM-10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-Midnight; Sun. Noon-10PM
This brewery is located in an industrial area in Inglewood. Last amazing craft beers. Order food to be delivered from local restaurants. Leashed dogs are allowed. Local artwork is displayed on the walls. Board games are available to play.


If you have been to any of these Los Angeles breweries, please leave a comment below to tell us about your experience.


Have you visited the Temecula Wineries Yet?


Ponte Winery Temecula

Ponte Winery – Temecula

You really should! There are more than 40 wineries all located within a short distance of each other. It’s just an 80 minute drive south from Los Angeles via I-10 or Highway 60. This is the largest wine region in the southern California. You’ll find unique wineries both large and small.

Your Guide to Temecula Wineries


September 2017 – Fun Things to Do in the Wine Country

September Events You Don’t Want to Miss

September 2017 Fun Things to Do in the Wine Country
September 2017 – Mark your calendar now. There are many fun things to do in the Wine Country that will be happening soon. Make plans soon as many of these events do sell out.

Experience wine, food, music, and art. Kayak down the Russian River in Sonoma County. Watch a turkey race. Observe and learn how wines are harvested. Visit a reptile exhibit. Attend a small town barbecue. It’s all happening September 2017!


Millbrae Art & Wine Festival
September 3-4: The Last Blast of Summer

Celebrate the end of summer with the spirit and flavor of the Big Easy. Experience two days of music and wine at the 47th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival. Browses the booths of high quality original works of art.
Check out the classic cars on display. This will be a weekend of Mardi Gras-style fun!


Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
September 4-6: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Head to Sonoma State University for this annual event. Wineries from throughout Sonoma County will be pouring wine. Local chefs will be preparing food paired with wine.

Enjoy live music as well as winemaker lunches, dinners, and barbecues. Sign up for seminars and demonstrations. The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend promises to be a full of wine, food, and fun.


Pinot Noir GrapesSeptember 8-9: Winesong Weekend
Escape to scenic Mendocino for two days of fun. On Friday guys will gather at the Little River Inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sample Pinot Noir from over 30 wineries. Meet the winemakers and sample culinary delights paired with the wines. On Saturday the celebration moves to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the gorgeous gardens sipping on wine and beer. Sample food from regional chefs. Enjoy live music, auctions, and fabulous art.


Calistoga wineries September 9: Calistoga Wine Experience
Join in the fun at Pioneer Park in Calistoga. 40 Calistoga wineries will be pour wine along with gourmet bites from local chefs. It’s a chance to mingle with the winemakers and winery owners. Enjoy live music as well.

Find out why Calistoga was recently voted “One of the Top !0 Wine Destinations in the World” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.


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September 10: Taste of Downtown Livermore

Participate in a culinary stroll through downtown Livermore. Restaurants will be offering tastes of their delicious culinary creations. Shops are hosting wine and beer tastings. There will be live entertainment as well. This is a great time to explore the charming city of Livermore.


Capitola, CaliforniaSeptember 10-11: Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Visit the quaint village of Capitola overlooking Monterey Bay. Sip wine from over 22 Santa Cruz wineries. Browse the works of more than 160 fine artists. Enjoy live music and other performances. Try gourmet food from local restaurants. It’s still summer at this delightful little beach town!


Canoe Down the Russian River September 10-11: Russian River Jazz Festival
The focus at the Russian River Jazz Festival is on the music. There will be two stages of music. You can also taste local wines, dine on world class cuisine, and purchase art, apparel, and unique gifts from vendors. Experience the Russian River up close by taking a canoe, kayak or paddle boat ride. Camping is even available complete with BBQ area and laundry facilities. This is the perfect time to spend some time on the river.


September 14-17: Lodi Grape Festivalgrapevine
The Grape Festival is a long time Lodi tradition. It’s four days of continuous fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music and wine tasting. More unusual is their reptile exhibit, comedy circus show turkey races, BMX Bicycle Show, and live stingray experience. There will also be displays of quilts, art, photography, and floriculture.


Grape HarvestSeptember 16-18: Sonoma Valley Crush – Sonoma
Get involved in the 2017 Sonoma Valley Crush. Learn how grapes are harvested. Sample grapes in the vineyard. Tour a crush pad. Taste fermenting wine. 12 participating wineries will be teaching you the processes behind wine making. Enjoy wine tasting in the beautiful Sonoma Valley.


jazz September 16-18: Monterey Jazz Festival
Over 500 artists will be performing at this year’s festival. It’s considered by many to be the best jazz festival in the world. Enjoy the gorgeous grounds of the Monterey County Fairgrounds where there will be eight stages of live jazz. Experience the Jazz Festival – September 2017.


goat September 17-18: Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
The 36th Annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival is sure to be a weekend of full of fun for the entire family. Taste wine and craft beer. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages. Visit arts and crafts booth. Carnival rides, a petting zoo, and games for children will be located in the Kids Kingdom area.


Casa Dumetz WinesSeptember 23-25: Los Alamos Old Days – North of Santa Barbara
This celebration honors the small town’s western heritage. Events include a 5 K Run/Walk, parade, car show, chili cook off, and silent auction. There’s a BBQ and live music as well. Los Alamos is a charming little town north of Santa Barbara. There are a few wineries with tasting rooms downtown, antique shops, and a fabulous place to stay and dine.
Learn more about Los Alamos.


Newport Beach, CaliforniaSeptember 29-October 2: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival
Experience a variety of one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs in September 2017. Taste food from 40 top restaurants. Sip wine, spirits, and craft beer. Attend cooking demonstrations, tasting panels, and fascinating workshops.

Enjoy the beautiful area of Newport Beach and go wine tasting at Orange County Wineries.


If you attend any of the September 2017 Events listed here, please let us know in the comment section below what you thought. Our visitors will benefit from your experience.


Disneyland Facts You Really Need to Know

Disneyland FactsGet important Disneyland facts and insider tips needed to plan your visit. Find out why more people have gone to Disneyland than any other park in the world. If you haven’t visited Disneyland yet, you really should!
Scroll down for answers to these questions:

  • When in the best time to visit Disneyland?
  • Where can I get the best prices on tickets?
  • Should I visit Disneyland AND California Adventures?

Important Disneyland Fact #1 – The Best Time to Visit Disneyland

You’ll have fun at Disneyland any time of the year. There are special events held at certain times of the year. The park is open longer hours during the summer months. Certain times of the year are more crowded than others. All of these Disneyland facts are things to consider when choosing the dates for your visit.

Calendar of Special Events

  • June – August – Summer at Disneyland
    (Enjoy extended hours: the park is open later.)
  • September 12 – October 31 – Halloween Time at Disneyland
    (Spooky decorations, activities, and celebrations)
  • Mid-November – Early-January – Season to Sparkle
    (The park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the Holidays.)

Disney CastleMost Crowded/Less Crowded
Generally, holidays and 3-day weekends are the most crowded days at Disneyland. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are typically less crowded than other days of the week.

Seasonally Disneyland has the lowest attendance visiting during the following times:

  • Mid-January – Mid-March
    (except President’s weekend)
  • Mid-April – Mid-May
    (except Spring Break)
  • First two weeks of November

If you want to avoid the crowds, be at Disneyland ready to walk through the gates shortly before the park opens. The park will be less crowded during the first few hours it opens. The lines for the rides will be shorter. I’ve usually found that the park is also less crowded during the last few hours it is open; especially in the summer.

Important Disneyland Fact #2 – Where to Get the Best Ticket Prices

Teacups DisneylandYou will find lots of places that offer special deals on Disneyland tickets. However, the discounts are not all that great. You should be able to save between $2-$12 off per ticket.

Check out the following deals to decide which one will save you the most money. It’s a good idea to purchase your tickets in advance because it saves you from having to stand in another line at the gate.

Costco Travel
Costco has travel packages for sale online that can save you money. These packages normally include accommodations, admission to Disneyland, and dining options. Sometimes a local Costco will actually sell tickets in the store. These are usually the best deal.

EducatorsCalifornia educators can buy tickets through TSA for slightly reduced prices.

Southern California Residents
Disneyland sometimes has special rates for Southern California residents living in certain zip codes. Check out their website to see if any specials are currently active.

Good Neighbor Hotel Vacation Package
Mickey Mouse and Minnie MousePurchase a Good Neighbor Hotel Package from Walt Disney Travel to save on accommodations , admission to Disneyland, and a variety of other perks. If you purchase a 3-day pass or longer, you will receive a Magic Morning Early Admission. This lets you enter the park one hour before the park opens to the public. If you are an early riser, it’s worth getting in early because you can just walk right onto the rides that are opened. No lines!

AAA
Members of the AAA Auto Club can usually purchase discounted tickets from AAA online or in person at a local office.

Credit Unions
Many credit unions offer discounted Disneyland tickets. If you belong to a credit union, it’s worth asking. Golden 1 Credit Union usually has some of the best prices.

Military
Active and retired Military personnel can purchase discounted tickets at their local U.S. Military base ticket office.

Important Disneyland Fact #3 – Should I Visit Both Disneyland and California Adventure?

Dumbo Ride DisneylandThere are two separate theme parks at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim: Disneyland and the newest park, California Adventure. You can buy a ticket that just lets you into Disneyland or a ticket that just lets you visit California Adventures.

They also have “hopper passes” that allow you to go back and forth between the parks.

You could easily spend an entire day at one park and still not ride every single ride or do every single attraction. If you only have one day, I’d probably recommend spending the day at Disneyland. It is the most popular park.

If you have 2 or more days I’d recommend visiting both parks. The cheapest way to do this is to purchase multi-day tickets that let you into a single theme park each day. A Hopper Pass gives you same-day admission to both parks and is the most flexible option.

grapesSpecial Note to Wine Lovers
Alcohol is not served in Disneyland. California Adventure, on the other hand, does allow alcohol. There’s even a special area that represents the California Wine Country. Many restaurants serve wine and some even offer special flights of wine. Click here for more information and tips on California Adventure.

We hope these Disneyland Facts help you to have the best Disney Vacation!


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