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Happy 90th to the San Antonio Winery

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Last weekend we were happy to take part in the Harvest Festival, as part of a year-long 90th Anniversary celebration for the historic San Antonio Winery, a place much loved by LAist. The gracious Riboli family hosted the event, which was held at the winery, which has been in its same location on Lamar Street in East Los Angeles since 1917. There was food provided by the winery's onsite Maddalena restaurant, and wine aplenty to taste and enjoy. Young and old took a few twirls on the dancefloor to some classic crooner and big band tunes, and a very personable gentleman provided live vocals for a portion of the afternoon--lots of familiar Sinatra.

Although the actual party is over, there are plenty ways to still take part in the San Antonio Winery's persistent spirit of celebration, like by paying them a visit to take a tour of the facilities and taste some of their delicious wines in the Tasting Room, or by signing up to take part in one of their tasting courses, like "The Best of California" Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting, which is coming up on Saturday November 10th. You can take the tour, and learn a great deal about local history and wine making, which runs Saturdays and Sundays (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the hour) and weekdays (12:00 - 2:00 p.m. on the hour).

The San Antonio Winery is definitely a winery of and for the people of Los Angeles; its patrons embody the local spirit and the atmosphere is condusive for folks from all walks of life to come together to enjoy good wine and good food and a have a taste of some LA history. We were happy to leave with our purchase of a bottle of their sweet and crisp Asti sparkling wine and a bottle of their subtly spiced Merlot, and to have been a part of the Harvest Festival, which was also a benefit for the Children's Hospital.

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Happy 90th, San Antonio! Cheers!

Photos and details about what we ate after the jump.