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Wine Riot: This Saturday’s Epic Bacchanal

Wine Riot
Photograph by Second Glass

Because San Francisco shouldn’t be the only city having celebratory riots making news, the good folks behind Second Glass are bringing this year’s Wine Riot tour to a close this Saturday at Majestic Halls near Pershing Square, aiming to make the wine world more accessible and approachable for tech-saavy young whippersnappers in their twenties and thirties.

While the centerpiece of Wine Riot will be the 40 wineries in attendance and the 250+ vinos they’ll be pouring, there’s also a focus on learning while you drink, a process I like to call “edutoxication.” (I’m still waiting to hear back from the Oxford English Dictionary on that one.) In addition to having giant maps and infographics explaining what you’re tasting and where it comes from, there are also several 20-minute “crash courses” covering topics like an exploration of Riesling from bone dry to cloyingly sweet, and a debunking of the myth that a higher price equals a better wine.

The Wine Riot smartphone app helps navigate the floor and lets you keep track of favorites for future reference, in case your memory falls short of being trustworthy toward the end of the festivities. For added fun as the grapes begin to work their magic, flash your pearly purple whites while donning temporary tattoos and sporting obnoxious props in the wildly popular photo booth.

Local food vendors Crispy Waffle & Frite, Madalyn’s Cupcakes, Ragin Cajun on Wheels, and the Grilled Cheese Truck will also be on hand to help you absorb all the fun. Tickets are $50 and include unlimited wine samples; grub is additional.

Wine Riot L.A. | Saturday, November 10 | 1 to 5 p.m. & 7 to 11 p.m.
Majestic Halls, 650 S Spring St., Los Angeles