God is a Grape at LA WineFest at Long Beach Harbor

LAWineFest has come a long way since its days at RowDTLA. Not only has it grown in popularity, but it’s also moved to a beautiful location at Harry Bridges Memorial Park at the Long Beach Harbor, with the Queen Mary as a stunning backdrop.

This year’s 19th iteration of the festival offered something for everyone, solidifying its place as Los Angeles County’s premier wine tasting event.

Attendees were easily encouraged to have fun at the main stage with the band, as well as peruse the vast array of lifestyle exhibitors, offering everything from wine accessories, chocolates, jewelry, clothing, candles, along with a dozen tasty food trucks and purveyors, and more.

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“We are excited to be returning to Long Beach and the beautiful Harry Bridges Park, and can’t wait to introduce Festgoers to this year’s list of established wineries, alongside newer producers pouring their incredible varietals in the general area and the VIP Garden. We’re also including several breweries, ciders and a few surprises, just adding to the overall experience for our guests,” said LAWineFest director and CEO Scherr Lillico. “We’re so lucky to be supported by our sponsors, including Hotel Maya, Los Angeles Magazine, Puente Hills Land Rover, Acqua Panna, S. Pellegrino, Long Beach Transit, Brixton, Ron Zacapa Rum and Hyatt Vacation Clubs, among others. 2024 is currently projected to be another sell-out.”

All for a great cause, LAWineFest once again partnered with the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club to raise awareness and funds.

New for 2024, LAWineFest’s VIP Garden underwent a revamp with co-hosts Fuego at Hotel Maya and Jackson Family Wines.

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VIP ticket holders got to experience exclusive boutique wineries – wineries that produce less than 2,500 cases per year – and an Elevated Sip and Pour experience, with Jackson Family Wines pouring tastes of several of the brand’s premium labels, alongside Fuego’s Chef Victor Juarez, who curated a menu of delicious small bites.

This past weekend, under the benevolent gaze of the Queen Mary, LAWineFest became a shrine to the vine with attendees joyfully worshipping the divine spark in every sip. www.lawinefest.com

Author: Keri Freeman

Military mom and proud parent, artist, writer, musician and film maker. Cocktail connoisseur. Publisher of DTLA Weekly.