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Why We Love L.A. Summers: Barnsdall Art Park Wine Tastings

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Summer has arrived, and we're ready to celebrate all that screams 'tis the season in Los Angeles. From sand to summit, from sips to snacks -- we love L.A. summers.

Oh sure, there are the bronzed beach bodies and free concerts, but for food-lovers summer in L.A. means one thing: epic picnic time. And one of our favorite locations for a blanket-based eating is at Barnsdall Art Park on a Friday evening. (For more great spots, check out our list of L.A.'s best picnic locations here.)

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Silver Lake wine selects four of their eclectic boutique wines for tasting on Barnsdall's lush green knoll located in front of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Hollyhock House. The sunsets, as well as the wines, are usually pretty spectacular. You can, of course, pack up your own cheese plate or picnic basket for the affair, which is our favorite way to roll. But if work runs late, Let's Be Frank hot dogs (get it?) and architecturally-themed Cool Haus ice cream sandwiches trucks are always vending atop the hill, so you won't go hungry.

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Tickets for the event cost $25, or $35 if you'd like to include a tour of the Hollyhock House. In years past the tickets were sold online and at the door, but this year they're doing pre-sale only. You can find more details and information on tickets here.