August 6 2007
The second annual LA Wine Fest floated into Long Beach Harbor on the Queen Mary June 30th- July 1st. journeyPod attended this groundbreaking event that is the largest consumer-oriented wine festival now taking place annually in the Los Angeles area.
Held on The Queen Mary, more than 110 wineries participated in this gala event. California wines headline the festivities and tasting, with wines from all around the globe, including: Australia, Europe, South America and Africa.
Food to complement the wine was provided by some of the area's most intriguing restaurants, including: L'Opera Ristorante, and La Creperie.
During the event sommelier and wine making programs were hosted as well. These symposiums offered an interesting education on the world of wines for both the novice and knowledgeable wine enthusiasts.
LA Wine Fest benefits the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA and in preparing to assist a campaign for the Children's Tumor Foundation.
journeyPod had the unique opportunity to walk the Ballroom of the Queen Mary with the event organizer, Joel Fisher. Joel's impressive resume includes: wine columnist for the American Culinary Federation Los Angeles' Culinary Connection, editor of the Vineyard Report, wine educator for the Art Institute of Los Angeles, member of the Bon Appetite Magazine and Patterson's Tasting Panels.
Enjoy the bluesy sounds of Johnny Ferriera and his song, "Wine Woman Song."