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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.

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The food was set up buffet style, and the offerings reflected primarily an Italian influence, with some hints of Americana. The first set of tables was mostly for salads and appetizers.

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Fun finger food, like these olive and salami and cheese skewers, added to the festive and playful atmosphere.

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Over at the carving station, this gentleman delivered moist and savory roast turkey to our plates, and also the most tantalizing bourbon glazed tri-tip I've ever had.

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Our plates were overflowing with delicious bites of hearty food, and we were doing our best to pair our wines with what we had. One of the most surprising highlights was the sirloin meatloaf, which was accented heartily with herbs and was delicate and tender. The Caesar salad was classic and refreshing, and the mac and cheese a comforting mouthful. Dessert, which, perhaps thanks to our tipsy state didn't get properly photographed, was a highlight, particularly the astonishingly moist Pineapple Upside Down Cake, which went well with the sweeter wines we were tasting, like their Asti sparkling wine, the Rosee, and the Riesling.

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It was so nice to see so many people taking a spin on the dancefloor.

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Can you believe I turned down the chance to get my photo taken with him? He was a really fun addition to the afternoon, and seemed to get a big kick out of crooning.

Interested in a Wine Seminar? The next one is:

"The Best of California" Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tasting
Host: Michael Papalia
Saturday November 10, 2007 from 12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
$75.00 per person - Lunch included
To RSVP Phone (323) 223-1401

Photos by Lindsay William-Ross for LAist