LA Weekend Planner: Wine, Ponies, Beer AnniversariesBy Lesley Balla | January 24, 2014 By Lesley Balla | January 24, 2014
French wine lovers should head to the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel tonight for the UCG Tasting, the largest private Bordeaux tasting in the U.S. Hosted by Wally's Wines and Spirits along with the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, the event will feature winemakers and owners pouring vin from more than 90 chateaux. Tickets are $100 at the door and the event goes from 6-9 PM. Should you need to eat before or after, Craft and Hinoki & the Bird are within walking distance. Sotto and Picca are also nearby. 2025 Avenue of the Stars
If California wine and the ponies are more your thing, the California Wine Festival happens at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, January 25, during the Sunshine Millions California Cup. Sip wines from Sonoma, Napa and the Central Coast and nosh on complimentary snacks while the horses whiz around the track. Like one of the wines? Place an order at the event and pick it up at Red, White + Bluezz in Pasadena. General admission is $50, which includes 12 wine samples, snacks and a commemorative wine glass. $120 for VIP includes club house admission, a daily racing program, unlimited wine samples, and a voucher to eat at one of the Club House eateries. Event hours are noon to 4:30. Get tickets here. 285 W Huntington Dr.
It's hard to believe that Eagle Rock Brewery is celebrating four years this weekend. Established by Jeremy Raub, his wife Ting Su and father Steven Raub, Eagle Rock was the first microbrewery to open in the city of Los Angeles in more than 60 years. Now look what they started: breweries are popping up everywhere. On Sunday, January 26, enjoy special beers on tap at the brewery, including a new anniversary beer (White Rabbit), all previous anniversary releases and special casks. Mandoline Grill and Peaches BBQ truck are in for eats and DJs will supply the beats. $20 gets you four beers (additional drink tickets will be available for purchase) and a special commemorative glass. Event hours are noon to 6 PM. 3056 Roswell St.