Los Angeles Oktoberfest invites visitors to celebrate the changing seasons with two days of traditional Bavarian revelry. Hosted by Bob Guiney from ABC's The Bachelor, the festival invites attendees to fill their glass steins with any of the 19 available German beers and purchase hearty platefuls of bratwurst, giant pretzels, and strudel. Live bands lead traditional, sing-along drinking tunes, a Bavarian dance group performs for joyous audiences, and a strolling accordionist weaves through the crowds while playing familiar German melodies. In addition to bidding on sports memorabilia at the silent-auction table, patrons can also test their arm strength by competing in the stein-holding competition, which rewards the winners with lifetime admission to the Los Angeles Oktoberfest and a brand new pair of steel biceps to replace the old, used-up ones.
The Northern Trust Open, the fourth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR outside of the major championships, has showcased the talent of professional golfers on one of the world’s most distinguished courses. So far, 19 of the top 30 players on the PGA TOUR have committed to the tournament. Watch as they gingerly insert a dimpled egg into 18 small holes speckled throughout the vast, obstacle-strewn acreage at the illustrious Riviera Country Club. The revered par 4, 475-yard 18th hole challenges linksmen from the tee box, requiring a blind shot that must climb a hill to reach the fairway. From there, golfers must strike their shot solidly to reach the green, which is encircled by a family of wild boars.
When VIN12 held their first event nearly five years ago in San Francisco, it heralded a new golden age for Californian wine connoisseurs. An age of monthly tastings held across Northern California. An age of parties with themes such as sparkling wine, zinfandel, and pinot noir. An age of enough empty bottles to cast an entire Charles Dickens novel into the sea. With expert curation by 650 vintners, VIN12 has held more than five dozen tastings since its inception and has entertained more than 21,000 wine enthusiasts.
Justin Tatum, head winemaker for Malibu Rocky Oaks, has produced hundreds of wines during his career. A gold medal from the San Francisco International Wine Competition adorns the winery’s 2010 syrah. A 91-point rating from Wine Enthusiast magazine attests to the strengths of a 2009 cabernet reserve, which the reviewer said “has plenty of elegant red plum and anise, and its tannins are present but not overwhelming.” At J. Hamilton Wines, Justin shares his knowledge of the winemaking process, covering a grape's journey from the vine to a year backpacking in Europe to find itself to the bottle. During the class, chatter fills the winery as he shows winemaking in action and answers questions on barreling, lab equipment, and bottling.
Raphael's ritzy menu of small plates, craft cocktails, California wines, and premium cuts of steak invites diners to sample life's finer things. Chefs concoct a menu full of cosmopolitan fare, with sweet and sour Brussels sprouts, wild boar ragu, quail with truffle, and beef tartare. Guests sip cocktails made with ingredients such as Buffalo Trace bourbon or yuzu foam, or pair plates of fried chicken or black seabream with an extensive wine list.
After 20 years of event planning, Amy Brewen decided to take her show on the road—literally. With a map of Inland Empire's best venues, event spaces, and wineries already in her mind, she connected them all together into packaged experiences with the aid of a little creativity and a classic 32-passenger trolley. The antique vehicle, which maintains all its quaint charm from the wooden seats to the brass bells, was put to work running daily tours through Temecula wine country. As the fleet grew, Brewen added more tours to her repertoire. Today, she conducts excursions to local wineries, microbreweries, and eateries; holiday events; and transportation for tourists or wedding guests.
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