Initially praised for their unabashed joie de vivre, wine-filled piñatas fell out of favor thanks to sky-high dry-cleaning bills and the discovery of the bottle in 1983. Celebrate wine the new-fashioned way with today's Groupon: for $85, you get one general-admission ticket to the Beverly Hills Wine Festival on Sunday, February 27, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel (a $175 value).
With festival proceeds benefitting Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer Movement, the Beverly Hills Wine Festival's dram-delighting do-gooders unite charitable revelers to inspect the wares of more than 200 wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Between bites of expertly paired cheeses, sniff, sample, and assign pet names to the fermented fruits of vineyard labor, which include the top-rated Pacific Coast Vineyard's pinot noir and Arman de Brignac champagne. Or tipple tastes of sustaining spirits from distillers including Brazil's Leblon Cachaça or the Ventura Limoncello Company. The 2010 World Beer Cup trophy-hoisters at Firestone Walker Brewing Company will also be on hand, emptying vials of hearty craft beers to raise the spirits of lager lovers and ale aficionados.
Raise a gourmet glass in the plush confines of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, just blocks away from a toothsome mélange of Century City eateries. In addition to tricky tonics, the Beverly Hills Wine Festival will also feature a mayoral presentation of the city's lifetime achievement award to famed Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, known for his rich baritone, incisive calls, and ability to speak with catchers' mitts.
From intimate VIP dinners to pro-football events for thousands of people, the team behind Barcelona Event Planning has the experience to coordinate a successful gathering of any size. A division of marketing virtuosos Barcelona Enterprises, they can create lighting designs and special effects, custom chuppas, and floral centerpieces that make parties both personalized and glamorous, much like a red carpet woven out of the guest of honor’s hair. Their event expertise has fueled shindigs ranging from St. Patrick’s Day festivals and pirate festivals to charitable events that benefit animal shelters and children’s hospitals, including the Beverly Hills Wine Festival and the Indulge Los Angeles Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show.