LOS ANGELES – Saturday, January 15th, 2011 – All you can drink wine? Is there such a place where you can indulge on many samples from all over the world without getting jet lag? Yes, there is and it happens every year in Hollywood at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, hosted by Drink.Eat.Play. The event featured wines from Italy, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, Australia, Israel, France and New Zealand, plus more and you didn’t even have to worry about losing your luggage.
I came across this event through Facebook and as soon as I received the invitation I knew I wanted to attend. I have heard of the sponsors Drink.Eat.Play prior events, such as Septemberfest, LA Beer Festival, 80′s Prom Party and LA Cupcake Challenge; so naturally having a passion for sparkling wine, it was an event that I did not want to miss.
The International Wine Festival was held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, announced as a SOLD OUT event I expected mad chaos and perhaps small wine pourings from each vendor. Considering this was my first time attending I wasn’t sure what to expect. As soon as I walked in I was very impressed with the outcome. The event was held in a main room where there was enough space for everyone to walk around, socialize and enjoy each pouring from one vendor to another. And may I add, each vendor was very generous with their pourings, and very eager to describe what you were about to indulge in.
Overwhelmed with so many choices, (like that’s a bad thing?) I worked my way around the room sipping and learning about new wines and met new wine lover friends that also had great recommendations. In addition to wine, I also sampled some fabulous cheeses, fruits and breads provided by the Renaissance Hotel and delicious desserts, such as P.O.P. Candy, Ococoa Chocolates, and more.
Overall, there were a few bottles of wine I really enjoyed, such as
- 2007 Chamisal Vineyards Pinot Noir
- 2008 Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Pinot Noir
- 2007 Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion Malbec Blend
- 2007 Terra Andina Suyai Chilean Red Blend
- 2009 Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon
But my personal favorite of the evening was the 2008 Pascual Toso Malbec Alta Reserve, price range $31-$32 a bottle.
I realize that this post has nothing to do with Champagne, but it is within the family and for the fact that it was a wonderful festival, it was worth the post. A great shout out & thank you to Drink.Eat.Play for an amazing event. Looking forward to next year and I am definitely looking forward to the Los Angeles Cupcake Challenge! If you’re a wine lover yourself, I recommend you attend as well. Hope to see more events like this in Los Angeles.