California Fun Activities – December 2017

candy canes christmasTake a look at the many California fun activities. Discover holiday activities for the entire family as well as exciting wine events throughout California.

Celebrate the holidays at Yosemite National Park for a unique Christmas. Shop for unique artwork made by craftspeople and artists. Sample wine and beer in a festive, Christmas setting. Experience an old fashioned Christmas. Bring you children to meet Santa Claus ride a Christmas Train, or watch a festive lighted boat parade. There are so many fun things happening this month.

Check out the California Fun Activities that you do not want to miss this month. Make your reservations soon. Many of these events are quite popular and will sell out. Click on the link at top of each listing to learn more.

Merry Christmas from Cheers-2-Wine!

Christmas Toast

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December Events

Christmas Tree
December 1-2: Balboa Park December Nights
2017 marks the 40th year for December Nights. It’s a popular holiday tradition that offers fun for the entire family. Balboa Park will be all decked out with festive lighting and holiday decorations. A wide variety of activities are planned throughout the park.

Complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums, food from around the globe, unique gift shopping, live entertainment, and holiday music are just a few of the attractions to enjoy. Balboa Park is definitely the place to go in San Diego for California Fun Activities.

DunbarDecember 1-3: Holiday Festival of Wines
Visit the historic town of Murphys in Calaveras County during their Open House weekend. The celebration will include parade, music, and holiday activities. More than 20 Calaveras wineries will be welcoming you into their wine tasting rooms for special tastings, gift buying deals, and exciting wine and food pairings. Information about Calaveras Wineries.

Red Wine CandlesDecember 2: Ventura Winter Wine Walk
This event includes a street fair in downtown Ventura. Browse handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy live entertainment. Sample beer and wine at 60 different tasting locations. Delicious food will be available for purchase. Enjoy festive holiday decorations and an evening snowfall.

old fashioned christmas carolers
Fridays in December: Cornish Christmas
The streets of downtown Grass Valley are closed to traffic as this historic community celebrates its Cornish heritage. The sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas fill the air: Christmas carolers, jugglers, musicians, cloggers, and, of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and crafts from local artisans will be for sale along with delicious food and drinks. Sample wine from local wineries.

Santa on a Tractor December 2: 22nd Annual Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade
The Tractor Parade is a holiday tradition that celebrates the agricultural heritage of this small Napa Valley town. Vintage tractors and modern tractions along with antique trucks and other farm equipment will be adorned with holiday lights. They will parade down the main street of town to kick off the Christmas season. Bring your children as Santa is sure to make an appearance. The Calistoga Christmas Faire takes place on the same day at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Head over there for holiday activities, unique shopping, and delicious food and treats.

If you decide to visit some of the area wineries, check out the Guide to Calistoga Wineries

SantaDecember 2: Breakfast With Santa – Ironstone Vineyards Calaveras County
Enjoy a breakfast buffet, create holiday crafts, and have your picture taken with Santa on December 3rd. Ironstone Vineyards is located near Murphys in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Be sure to visit the wine tasting room as well as the Ironstone Heritage Museum, which is home to a 44 pound crystalline gold leaf specimen; the largest in the world!

Santa BearDecember 2: Taste of the Mountains
Taste wine from the boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains at this annual event in downtown Menlo Park. Purchase a wristband that entitles you to sample wine throughout the afternoon. Experience shopping at the unique upscale boutiques and dine at gourmet restaurants. Join in the tree lighting ceremony. Make reservations to enjoy breakfast with Santa.

Christmas wine December 2-3: Holidays in the Vineyards – Livermore
Join Livermore wineries on December 2nd and 3rd for holiday fun. Wine tasting rooms will be all decked out for the holidays with special wine offerings, arts and crafts, holiday music, and a variety of holiday fun activities. Tasting fees will be charged by individual wineries. It’s a festive time to visit the Livermore Wine Country!

Christmas Lights December 9: Lighted Boat Parade
The Lighted Boat Parade takes place at the Petaluma River Turning Basin, which is in downtown historic Petaluma. This charming town is an hour’s drive north of San Francisco and is surrounded by incredible Sonoma County Wineries. Come watch the popular event or register to participate yourself. Boats range from stately yachts to kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. All are decorated for Christmas.

SolvangDecember 9-10: 2017 Solvang Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk
Get in the holiday spirit in the Danish village of Solvang. Solvang is located in the Santa Ynez Wine Country; 35 miles north of Santa Barbara.

A ticket to this two-day event allows you to sample wine and beer all weekend at tasting rooms and wine bars. Stroll through Solvang exploring the unique shops. Treat yourself to Danish pastries at one of the world famous bakeries in the village. Dine at gourmet restaurants. It’s a weekend of fun!

Yosemite National ParkDecember 12-25: The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite National Park
The dining room at the Alwanhee Hotel is transformed into an Old-English-era hall to celebrate Christmas on selected December dates. These seven course dinners have been a Yosemite tradition since 1927. More than 100 cast members participate to create an unforgettable evening.

Click on the link to see which dates have openings. Dinner and lodging packages are available. Make reservations soon!

merry christmas santaNapa Valley Santa Train. The Napa Valley Wine Train will be hosting Santa Trains throughout the month of December. This family fun includes music, games and entertainment on the 90 minute train ride. Enjoy hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies. It’s a magical Christmas experience. These train excursions book up quickly so make your reservations soon.

Train excursions are available throughout California. Most offer special Santa Trains or Polar Express trips during December. Check out Other Train Rides Here

Santa Old FashionedCountry Christmas
Experience a Country Christmas in the historic town of Julian. This charming town is known for having the best apple pies. There are many wineries in the area and some have tasting rooms in the downtown. There are a variety of bed and breakfast inns and unique specialty shops to browse.

The downtown transforms itself each December into an old fashioned Christmas. Events include history re-enactments, costumed carolers, a living nativity scene, carriage rides, home tours, Christmas Teas, and performances of “The Christmas Carol” by local children. Julian is in eastern San Diego County. There are many choices in Julian for California Fun Activities in December.

If you have attended any of these California Fun Activities, please leave a comment below. If you know of an event not listed, we’d really love to hear from you about that activity as well.

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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Leprechaun presenting

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

Couple exploring a vineyard - Winery Pass
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

Uncle Sam Hat

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

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


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

February 2018 – Wine Country Fun

White Wine PouringFebruary 2018 will be an exciting month of fun things to do. There are many fun activities happening throughout the California Wine Country.

Experience a variety of special wine tastings including a number of Wine and Chocolate Festivals. Enjoy a night of comedy or learn about steelhead trout. Dine on gourmet food with special restaurant week discounts or a delicious crab feed. Sample world class beer. It’s all happening in February!

Click on the links below to learn more about each event.

What’s Happening – February 2018

February 3: Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest – Santa Rosa
crab fest
This popular crab feed is celebrating its 29th year. Enjoy the pairing of award winning wines with gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs. Dine on fresh Sonoma Coast crab and accompaniments, Participate in both silent and live auctions.

Guide to Sonoma County Wineries

February 9: Valentine Walk Walk – San Francisco
February 2018
The Union Street Association is hosting the 7th Annual Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This wine tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples inside their stores throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard. A fun time in the city in February 2018!

February 9: The Secret Wines of Napa Valley
Napa Valley Vineyard
Attend a wine tasting class where you will taste six lesser known or even rare Napa Wines. Discover some new favorites as you learn more about wine. Class is held at the The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, a branch campus of the private culinary college the Culinary Institute of America. The CIA at Copia, located at 500 1st Street in downtown Napa, provides food- and wine-related courses to visitors.

February 9-18: San Francisco Beer Week
Beer Week
The San Francisco Beer Week Opening Gala is the largest, most anticipated, and prestigious annual gathering of the Northern California craft beer community. It’s the kick off party for SF Beer Week, commencing a multi-day marathon of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over the Bay Area. A “don’t miss” event for beer lovers – mark it on your February 2018 calendar!

February 10: Escondido Chocolate Festival
chocolate festival
Stroll through Downtown Escondido’s restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue. Escondido is located in Northern San Diego County and is home to a number of fabulous wineries, breweries, and fine restaurants. Art galleries and museums will have art exhibits and special activities to enjoy as well!

February 10: Valentines Wine Tasting Passport – Monterey’s River Road Wine Trail>
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Visit each of the eight artisan vintners along Monterey’s River Road Wine Trail. Receive a souvenir glass, entry into a grand drawing, special discounts, fun, food, and celebrate all things amore. Each winery will be hosting their own wine and food pairing, specifically to suit the love surrounding Valentine’s Day.

February 10: Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
Don’t miss California’s largest celebration of the migration of Steelhead Trout! A great, family-friendly event for all ages. Enjoy food trucks, wines from the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley and beer from Bear Republic Beer. Arts and crafts projects for the kids, archery, live music, and fishing for the kids, and tours of the fish hatchery.

February 10-11: Lodi Wine & Chocolate Festival
Wine and Chocolate
Lodi Wineries are celebrating their 21st annual Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Join in the fun. Sip handcrafted Lodi wines and sample delicious chocolate treats as you visit individualLodi wineries. Win big by discovering the “Golden Ticket” in your complimentary chocolate treat!

February 10-11: Madera Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Happy Valentines Day
The Madera Vintners Association’s family wineries will host the Madera Wine Trail’s “Wine & Chocolate Weekend” on February 10 through 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Enjoy wine tasting at participating wineries, chocolate sampling, live music, delicious food and gift shopping.

February 10-11: Wine & Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend – Fresno
chocolate curls
Spend the weekend in Fresno. There are 14 wineries, 2 tasting rooms, a brewery and a distillery opening for tasting this weekend. When you purchase a wristband, you may taste at any and all of these locations over the two days. Start at any location. The perfect time to discover Fresno!

February 16: The Second City Performs – Look Both Ways Before Talking
Mic - Comedy Night
Chicago’s famed Second City has taken its new improv show on the road. They’ll be performing at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater at 8 PM. Enjoy wine tasting at a few Livermore wineries during the day, enjoy a great dinner at one of Livermore’s fine restaurants and then make a night of it with some comedy relief. Comedy stars such as stars as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Bill Murray all got their start at Second City.

February 16-19: Wine Country Weekend 2018 – Santa Ynez Valley
Santa Ynez wine country
During this 4-day fun-filled weekend, you can visit the 13 participating winery tasting rooms to enjoy estate and library wines, delicious appetizers, and meet many of the winemakers and owners.
​You’ll also receive a souvenir wine glass and a wine tote bag.

February 17: San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
Attend the largest competition of American wines in the world. It’s an opportunity to sample award-winning wines paired with delicious foods. Learn more about wine, meet and congratulate the winners, and enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco.

February 17-18: Presidents’ Day Wine Weekend – Calaveras County
Presidents Day
Taste your way through the 22 wineries of Calaveras County. Sample wine at each participating winery. Many tasting rooms will also be offering live music, light bites and food samples as well as special offers on wine purchases. Purchase either a one or two day pass.

This is the perfect weekend to explore California’s historic Gold Rush Country!

February 18-20: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco
Taste hundreds of Zinfandels along with gourmet food from area chefs. Attend a winemaker dinner and informational seminars. Participate in a live auction. If you love Zinfandel, don’t miss this annual San Francisco event.

February 23 – March 4: Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
This is the ideal time to discover a new restaurant or return to an old favorite.
Participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu at a reduced price for lunch and dinner. Restaurants in Santa Barbara will offer a 3-course menu during dinner time that you will be able to enjoy for less than their usual price per plate. Restaurant menus will be priced at $25, $35 and $45. Pick three options for each course including your appetizer, entrée and dessert.

February 24: San Diego Brew Fest
Beer Drinkers
The San Diego Winter Brew Fest celebrates craft beverages from around California and beyond. Taste amazing brews from more than 30 breweries. Also enjoy delicious food and great music. This annual event takes place in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

Guide to San Diego Wineries

February 24: Lake County Barrels and Verticals
Wine Barrels
Lake County wineries invite you to taste beyond the bottle on Saturday, February 24th! This Second Annual event is your opportunity to sample wines from the barrel and vertical tastings of several varietals. Some wineries will offer “futures” on their barrel samples. This is a chance to purchase wine now and then return to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12-18 months from now.

February 24-25: Anderson Valley Aromatic White Wine Festival
Wines White
Experience more than 100 aromatic white wines from three dozen producers from around the globe, perfectly paired with locally prepared small bites. Attend educational seminars, a special winemaker dinner, and tour the open houses of local Anderson Valley wineries that offer aromatic white wines. Get ready to taste some fabulous Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat. A February 2018 event that is sure to be memorable.

If you have attended any of these February 2018 events, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experience!