The first annual festival in 2013 drew about 700 people, and according to Robert Reyes, this year they are expecting over 1,000 festival attendees.
View a short video of Robert Reyes and Beth Heiserman talking about the upcoming festival here.
It will be great to re-visit the enthusiastic winemakers from Sierra Pelona AVA, Leona Valley AVA, and the Antelope Valley of the California High Desert AVA. They may not have the distribution of bigger wineries, but they have the passion for wine making and they are only too glad to share all the details with you. And that's what I think a great wine festival is all about!
A preliminary list of the wineries signed up this year include:
- Agua Dulce Winery
- Alonso Family Vineyards
- Antelope Valley Winery
- Bouquet Vineyards
- Chavez Vineyards
- Coruce Vineyards & Winery
- Golden Star Vineyards
- Harris Wine Biz
- High Dessert Cellars
- Oasis Vineyard
- Pulchella Winery
- Reyes Winery
- San Antonio Vineyards
I've heard that this year there will be some Vodka-flavored Truffles available from Truffles n Toffee--now that sounds interesting! And after tasting some of the food from Juan Alonso's Le Chene French Cuisine at the recent press conference, I can't wait to see what Juan conjures up this year.
But wait, there's more! The musical direction of the festival has moved towards a Jazz Event! The live musical artists will include:
- Quattro, an ensemble that blends Latin + Pop + Jazz + Classical
- Jazz vocalist, Lauren Koval, and keyboardist and arranger, Paul McDonald, will perform Latin Jazz & Standards.
- Jon Stephen, Nuevo Flamenco Guitarist, will perform original music with his own genre of Tropical Brazilian Guitar.
- And the Still Moving Project, will return again this year with their melodic rock-country-folk-jazz music.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit College of the Canyons, the Institute for the Culinary Arts, scheduled to open fall 2014. There may be a few VIP tickets left, and those include a winery tour and some other goodies in the VIP area. Check for tickets online at http://www.sierrapelonavintners.com/tickets.
This will be a great way to start off the 2014 wine festival season! I'll see you there on April 26th.
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