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This wine festival is returning Long Beach, here’s what you need to know

It’s been a long 12 years since the LAWineFest poured its last glass of vino in Long Beach.
But it’s back and you better be thirsty because 50 or so wineries will pour more than 200 wines for an expected crowd of 6,000 at The Pike Outlets June 1-2.
Tickets get you unlimited wine and beer tastings, bottled water, coffee, bread and a souvenir glass.
“I think this is one of our best selections (of wine) that I can think of,” LAWineFest founder Joel M. Fisher said, adding that the festival will be held in Long Beach again next year.
The festival was launched in Hollywood in 2006 before coming to the Queen Mary in 2007. From there it moved back to Hollywood from 2008-16 and then to downtown L.A. for the past two years.
And when it returns to Long Beach the event will include a whole lot of wine from well-known, international and boutique wineries as well as pours from craft breweries, food and live music.
Since no human can drink 200 different kinds of wine from dozens of wineries in one afternoon and still sing along to live music, Fisher offered four suggestions for the must-try wineries at the festival and told us about another that donates some of its proceeds to the animal kingdom.
Lasorda Family Wines
If you bleed Dodger blue you better try wine by the great Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, which will include a 2016 Lasorda Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2017 Lasorda Chardonnay.
Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery
San Antonio Winery is the oldest winery in Los Angeles and with outposts in Ontario and Paso Robles, it was named the 2018 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, so yeah, they have experience and you can’t go wrong with knocking down a few glasses they’ll be pouring like the San Simeon Sauvignon Blanc and their Riboli Cabernet.
Ascension Cellars
If you’re into boutique wines, this is one you need to check out, Fisher said. They specialize in Rhône and Bordeaux-style blends from the central coast of California.
Herzog Wine Cellars
This is a kosher wine made in Oxnard which Fisher described as “one of the best wines in the world.”
Rescue Dog Wines
Not only do half of this brand’s profits go to rescue dog and charity organizations, but they’re also bringing wines with canine-inspired names such as the Bubbly Boxer Demi-Sparkling Wine and the Predominantly Poodle Sauvignon.
If you go:
When: 2-6 p.m. June 1, 1-5 p.m. June 2
Where: The Pike Outlets, 95 S. Pine Ave.
Tickets: $100 for general admission, $125 for VIP and $20 for designated drivers. The event is for those 21 and over only.
Information: lawinefest.com

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