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Wine and jazz at the Sierra Pelona Vintners Festival

Toast Sierra Pelona wineries
Toast Sierra Pelona wineries
Gary Coon, TasteNTrip

Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., enjoy the 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Wine & Jazz Festival, held at the enchantingly beautiful Reyes Winery. Only 45 minutes north of downtown, Sierra Pelona, nestled in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Pelona mountain range, is one of the few American Viticultural Area's close enough to L.A. for an easy wine-inspired day trip.

Guests of Saturday's event can expect what, vintner's association member, Cyndee Donato, of Donato Family Vineyard called, "...a kind of ‘holy trinity’ for voluptuaries of decadent wine+food+music in a heavenly oasis right outside of downtown Los Angeles. And the beauty of it is, almost no one knows we’re here, so our guests get to be the first to discover this burgeoning, wine frontier.”

Accorded AVA status in 2010, Sierra Pelona's Vintners Association is made up of nine wineries: Agua Dulce, Antelope Valley, Alonso Family, Corcuce, Golden Star, Harris, High Desert, Oasis, Pulchella and Reyes. Although a fair share of chardonnay and other whites are grown here, the area is known for its big reds from Bordeaux and Rhône varietals, with a little zinfandel thrown in here and there.

The festival features local winemakers, as well as a wealth of wineries, breweries and tequila producers from all over Southern California. Local chefs and artisan food purveyors have prepared wine pairings to be nibbled while you stroll through art exhibits to the tune of live jazz by multiple bands. The day will end with a raffle, where the prizes are: wine-and-dine gift certificates, wines, gift baskets and other surprise goodies.

Each year the Sierra Pelona Vintners Associations chooses a beneficiary of the festival. Proceeds from the 2014 event will be donated to College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Arts. Set to open in Fall of this year, students will be able to earn certificates in Wine Studies, Hospitality Wine Service, Baking and Pastry and Culinary Arts.

Use this link for full festival information and to purchase tickets.

2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Wine & Jazz Festival, Reyes Winery 10262 Sierra Highway Agua Dulce, CA 91390

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