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Desert WineFest heads to Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas October 28 and 29

Desert WineFest heads to Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas October 28 and 29

Ryan Lenett

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA. Desert WineFest heads to Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas October 28 and 29 for two days of premium wine tasting, as well as a chance to savor tasty bites made by local chefs, shopping fabulous boutiques, and supporting the Desert Cancer Foundation, all while mixing and mingling on the amazing golf course at the resort.

The one-of-a-kind Desert WineFest is a true celebration of all things wine, with specially curated wines, showcasing producers from around the globe, and tees up for the first time ever on the 5th fairway and 5th and 6th greens on one of the Omni’s 9-hole executive courses. The relaxed outdoor space provides a picturesque backdrop for guests to balance fun, exploration and wine education, with great artisan boutiques, live music, VIP chef appearances, food trucks, games and more. Beer and cider lovers need not fret, as there will also be specialty craft brews and other libation tastings on tap during the two-day Fest.

Festgoers will experience the best of the new season at the Omni, with illustrious winemakers and winery owners from both Old and New World wine regions on-hand to discuss the different varietals and vintages available for tasting – anticipated to be well over 250 participating labels. With so many wine options and activities available, Desert WineFest CEO Scherr Lillico recommends making a fun “staycation” vibe for the weekend.

“We’ve envisioned creating a new wine-centric event in the desert for a few years, and I’m thrilled to see it come to reality,” Lillico said. “We have had an outpouring of support to-date from the community, our partner wineries, lifestyle exhibitors and sponsors, including KESQ and the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort, the City of Rancho Mirage, and Defender, plus our incredible partner charity, Desert Cancer Foundation. We look forward to introducing residents and visitors of Rancho Mirage and the Coachella Valley to hundreds of new wines, while they stroll this beautiful property and enjoy a relaxing and educational afternoon – or two!”

Desert WineFest features two tiers of ticket options, general admission and VIP Garden on the Terrace. General admission includes entry, a commemorative souvenir cup to taste with and keep, as well as unlimited tastings, water provided by Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino, coffee and the overall Fest experience, including a chance to check out the newest Defender by Land Rover. The VIP Garden on the Terrace is an extra special experience capped at just 400 guests, and which will have the added bonus features of small bite tasting menu items curated by Chef Daniel Villanueva of Daniel’s Table Cathedral City, with farm-to-table bites, as well as Chef Simon Warren, executive chef at the Rancho Las Palmas, along with tastings from boutique and premium wineries. There are also Designated Driver tickets available.

Fest hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Carpooling, ride sharing services, or public transportation is highly recommended.

Tickets are available at Tickets will be available at the door, subject to capacity:

General Admission (at the gate): $100
Includes entry to the Fest, a commemorative souvenir cup to keep, unlimited* wine and craft brew tastings, water, coffee, and the overall Fest experience.
VIP Garden (at the gate): $140
Provides all that GA does, PLUS tasting wines from over a dozen gem Boutique Wineries, which are defined as producing less than 2,500 cases of wine each year; higher end wines, appetizers, samplings, and some seating. As a result, only 400 All Access tickets are available per day so purchase early. On Saturday only, you also have the ability to enter the Fest one hour early (at 12 p.m.). No early entry Sunday.
Designated drivers are encouraged, and get to join their friends and enjoy all the amenities of the day for only $25 (does not include any alcohol tastings).

The legal bits:

Must be 21 years of age to be on the premises. (Sorry, no infants either – ABC rules)
Absolutely No Pets – Certified service animals allowed.
Wineries/Breweries reserve the right to limit consumption.

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