As you know, we’re taking the year off to retool our Santa Clarita event. (Our thanks go out to all of you who have expressed support.) The good news is that you don’t need to wait for us to return next year — there is a great nearby event that you should check out: The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association 2nd Annual Vintners Festival & Jazz In the Vineyard Event is on Saturday, April 26, from 11am-4pm, at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce. (For more information visit the SPVVA website.)

This event will feature over 30 local wineries, breweries, spirit distilleries, and food purveyors paired with live jazz music performed in the high desert vineyard setting of Reyes Winery. Back by popular demand, MCigar returns to hand-roll his highly coveted stogies. (Yes, our cigar friend will be back at the LAWineFest too this year!) The Festival will also have an Arts & Crafts Exhibit featuring local artists. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit College of the Canyons, Institute for the Culinary Arts, scheduled to open Fall 2014.

Some of the local wineries, breweries, and spirit distiller tastings will include San Antonio Winery,Alonso Family Vineyards Bobcat ,Chavez Vineyards, Du Nasi,Golden Star Vineyards , Donato Family Vineyard, Antelope Valley Winery,  Harris Wine Biz , High Desert CellarsCoruce Vineyards , Oasis Vineyards, Six Foulkes,Diosa TequilaMi Rancho TequilaHearthstone Vineyards, Magellan Gin,  Absenthe,  Pulchella WineryRhum Barbancourt  ,  Reyes Winery , and Anhueser-Busch. Regional food purveyors will include Le Chene French Cuisine , Portos Bakery,Truffles n Toffee , California Bakery, Rattlers BBQ, Double D Cupcakes, Vincent Hill Station, Baracoa Lounge, Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewery, Mi Dolce Vita Cupcakery, George’s BBQ, Smokin’ BBQuties Grill Team, Mikey’s Momma’s BBQ, and Gourmet Blends .

The headliner for the SPVVA Festival’s Jazz-In-The-Vineyard Event will be the 2013 Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, Quattro,a unique ensemble that blends Latin, Pop, Jazz, and Classical. Also performing is acclaimed jazz recording artist Lauren Koval, accompanied by the Paul McDonald Trio. From the Central Coast, Tropical Brazilian Guitarist Jon Stephen will be strumming his original compositions, many from his most recent recording Out of the Blue.

Cheers,
Joel