Countdown to 6th Annual LAWineFest: Complimentary Interactive Classes and Affordable New Seminars Bring the Total Number of Programs to 18

Less than two weeks away, this year’s LAWineFest, promises to be the biggest and the best yet with participating wineries topping off at 120.  Within the fest, there will be a broad range of affordable wine, spirits, and pairing classes to choose from.  Additionally, The Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour will be holding several complimentary demonstrations and tastings.  Please see below for the list of programs:

New for 2011:

The Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour will be holding complimentary interactive classes:
•    The Wines of Napa Valley, Saturday 5:30pm & Sunday 4pm; FREE
•    Cooking Demos, Saturday 4pm & Sunday 5:30pm; FREE
•    Wine 101, Saturday 2pm & Sunday 1pm; FREE
•    Wines of Italy and Spain, Saturday 1pm & Sunday 2pm; FREE

Champagne tasting, Tequila tasting, Scotch tasting, Sake tasting; Saturday/Sunday, times vary; $20

Dessert and Wine Pairing, Sunday 4pm; $20

Winemakers’ Seminars, Saturday 4pm & Sunday 1pm; $20

Back by popular demand:

Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing; Saturday 3pm; $20 – Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impressario, will be joining George Rosenthal of Rosenthal Wines to pair local Malibu selections with amazing cheeses for an enhanced tasting experience.

To read more and to purchase class tickets, please visit and click on Programs

6th Annual LAWineFest, benefitting Make-A-Wish, Los Angeles and Hollywood-Wilshire YMCA
Saturday, June 11, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.; trade & media only, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 12, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90038
Regular Price:  $75 per day; $139 couples or weekend pass.
Purchase tickets at

*Hilton Universal City / Los Angeles will offer LAWineFest guests a special room rate of $169 for the weekend of the event; to book accommodations at our special rate, please visit and click on the Hilton logo.

Designated driver tickets will be available for $20 per day; for information on safe transportation options for those without a designated driver, please visit our website.

Parking: Street parking (metered on Saturday) and paid parking available at Paramount Studios lots on Bronson and Van Ness. Metro accessible via Red Line; exit Vermont/Santa Monica and walk two blocks south, three blocks west.
About LAWineFest
LAWineFest was founded in 2005 by renowned wine educator, columnist and Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, Dr. Joel M. Fisher. LAWineFest is the largest wine tasting event in Los Angeles, with the dual mission of bringing wine education and enjoyment to Angelenos and supporting local charitable organizations. For further information, please contact Director of Marketing, Michelle McCue at or (213) 985-1011.

About Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour
Let us bring the wine country experience to you, with the fifth annual Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour 2011. Featuring wines from the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Robert Mondavi Private Selection, and Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley portfolios, the tour provides an interactive experience educating guests about wine and food.

About Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its founding in 1983, they have brightened the lives of more than 7,200 children.

LAWineFest 2011 Sponsors – The 6th Annual LAWineFest is sponsored by the following organizations:
Wine Retail:  K&L Wine Merchants, Hollywood
Hotel: Hilton, Universal City / Los Angeles
Food & Beverage: Icelandic Glacial H20; Cambozola Cheese; Somerdale Classic English Cheese; West Central Produce, Inc.
Media: Los Angeles Magazine; 100.3 FM The Sound