Thursday, September 6, 2012

6th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival

The rooftop of the Calabasas Mercedes-Benz in Calabasas was the site of the 6th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival. The event raised money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. Although it was held on a weekend in June (23rd & 24th) I waited to publish this Taste N Trip entry at the same time as the article in the Sept/Oct issue of Calabasas Style.
It was an enjoyable afternoon of food, wine, beer, and even spirits for some.  I concentrated mostly on wine tasting, but it was pretty hot weather, so I had a few sips of thirst-quenching beer too...

The LAB Brewing Co.
Euro Brew
Malibu Discovery
Malibu Discovery Tours provides wine tours in Malibu.

All sorts of auction items were on display.

Patron Tequila
Patron Tequila looked like they were having a good time.

Bazaar Boutique
Shopping at the Bazaar Boutique with Alex and Marlene.

Bella Cafe - Chef Denise Portillo
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Their Red Velvet cupcakes are my favorite.

D'Anbino poured their musically themed wines from Paso Robles.
D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars
2007 Orchestration
2007 Quadraphonic
2006 Portamento

Black Diamond Catering
Great appetizers - Capicola, Prosciutto Crudo, Edam Cheese, Jarlsberg Cheese.

PAMA / Hpnotiq / Harmonie Liqueur
Bridle Trail Wines - CabIn
Marc Spellman produces wine near Calabasas in Hidden Hills on Bridal Trail Road.  You can read more about the Spellman family and their winemaking in Calabasas Style, the September/October 2012 issue. 

SIP Malibu - Cielo Wine Bar
In addition to my earlier coverage of SIP on the Malibu Wine Trail, I've visited them at the Conejo Wine & Jazz Fest and the 7th Annual LA Wine Fest. They're always pouring great wines!

Pacific Dining Car
Pacific Dining Car
Pacific Dining Car served the best lamb burger slider ever!

O.N.E. Coconut Water
A unique product originating in Brazil, O.N.E. can be found in Kroger stores and Whole Foods Market.

Sunland Vintage - Giovinazzo
MORENO BHLV produces California sparkling wines - Brut & Rosé Privé.  Their bottles are very different and stylish.  The BHLV is short for "Beverly Hills, Las Vegas."

Calstar Cellars
Calstar Cellars was my favorite new winery find - every wine was a winner! Proprietor and winemaker, Rick Davis, produces hand-crafted wines with a food-friendly focus. 
I tasted the these award-winning wines and especially liked the first two Chardonnays.*  The pinots and zins were excellent too!
2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast*2009 Chardonnay, Manchester Ridge Vineyard*
2009 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyards
2010 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Vineyards
2009 Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Vineyards
2009 ZaZa Zin, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi
2007 Alta Zin, Cardanini Vineyard, El Dorado County

Calabasas Vineyards
Calabasas Vineyards is a local winery with a small production. They were pouring their 2008 Quatro Nińos Cabernet Sauvignon.

Central California Wines
Jeff is pouring one of the wines they make at Camarillo Custom Crush winery.

Wades Wines / Sundowner Wines
As usual, Bill of Wades Wines, is wowing festival-goers with his vast knowledge of all things about wine.

Stanger Vineyards
Stanger Vineyards poured a great variety of ultra premium wines and sponsored the after-party!

VeeV® Açaí (pronounced like the t-shirt says) Spirit is made from the Açaí berry, known in Brazil as “purple gold” because of its health properties. Packed with nutrients, this purple berry tastes like an exotic blend of dark berries plus the added benefit of 57% more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries, and 30 times more heart-healthy anthocyanins than red wine. Check out their recipes for mixing some cocktails with a new twist at

Grissini Ristorante Italiano
Giuseppe Bellisario, owner of Grissini Ristorante Italiano, was serving tasty and healthy Italian food.

Maddy's Market

Charly Emery
Charly Emery, author, personal strategist, television personality, and Calabasas resident was enjoying the event.

Keeping the music going on the east side of the festival.
The Fabulous Esquires
The Fabulous Esquires a swinging  big band from Hermosa Beach played on the west side of the festival.

An outdoor burlesque show added a different twist to the festival!

 Photo Booth fun!

A little bit of something for everyone was at this festival. Something to see again next year! 

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