8th Annual Event Another Huge South Bay Success
Under the sun of the South Bay, with a view that causes one to stop in their steps (but not put down the wine glass), the sounds of popping corks can barely be heard over the chatting conversations of a couple thousand cheerful people.
The Trump National Golf Club held its eighth annual Wine & Beer Festival on Sunday, Aug. 21 in Palos Verdes, CA and it was – like all the ones that preceded it – a sensational success that had people buzzing (again) about how this is always one of the best social and single events in the area.
Since the festival’s very beginning, it reached an immediate peak of fun and it has maintained that lofty position each successive year, and that certainly included 2016.
The event is like USC’s football team in the Pete Carroll era, UCLA’s basketball team under John Wooden. You kind of expect it to have a down year eventually or say “this year was better than that year,” but instead it’s always playing at a high level.
The 2016 event featured some 100 wines from throughout California, craft beer from as far away as Hawaii (Kona Brewing Company), live music, wine-related crafts for sale, a dozen Chevy cars on display and more happy smiles than one could possibly count.
Talk about a #SundayFunday!
The 2,000 or so tickets sold out within a couple of days and those who got them coveted the opportunity and cherished being at this event.
With a seemingly endless stream of gorgeous girls in hats and sun dresses and gentlemen in snappy attire, this is like Opening Day of Del Mar or Saturday at the Kentucky Derby. Without the horses.
But who needs horses when you’ve got wines, champagne and a couple dozen craft beers, all in a location that’s so gorgeous – high on a cliff with the blue Pacific Ocean providing a perfect contrast to the brown hills – it causes one to raise the arms and cheer the many great moments provided at the event?
Several girls were wearing Hawaiian leis, which indicated they had made a stop at the Kona Brewing Company station, making it the most popular place in the craft beer area.
The most lively place in the wine section was Rebel Coast Winery, which sported moustached men in star-splashed blue blazers who treated this as if it were a Jimmy Buffett concert. That stands to reason, considering the winery is headquartered just up the coast in Manhattan Beach.
Several people took advantage of the VIP offering, which included a vast brunch and early entry, including a special section on a private perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
A golf tournament was added for 2016, tho most of the swings took place when people had wine or beer in their hand while talking to other single people.
And, as if par for the course here, much of that happened as the event neared it conclusion. This year, someone brought out a huge American flag and people were posing with it on the edge of the cliff in the craft beer section, making new friends and laughing all the way back to, well, get more craft beer or wine.
Once again, the Trump National Wine & Beer Festival – no he wasn’t there – maintained its peak position as one of the top annual social events of the year in the South Bay.