Training to be an amateur sommelier? The “Original” Catalina Wine Mixer returns to Avalon in September

AVALON—Catalina Island, home to the only island winery in California – Rusack Winery – is turning into one of the hottest spots for wine-tasting events. The Original Catalina Wine Mixer sold out in 2018, proving how popular these events have become on the island. Avalon will host The Original Catalina Wine Mixer on Sept. 6 and 7.

The event will begin with a reception at Island Spa Catalina on Friday night with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Avalon Theatre will also be screening the comedy film “Step Brothers,” starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, the same night – the movie features a scene at the wine mixer event. Music and a special afterhours event at the Avalon Ballroom from 10 p.m. until midnight is also on the books.

On the second and final day of Catalina Wine Mixer, Descanso Beach Club will host the event with more bands including DJ Splyce, Michelle Lambert, JOEL (a Billy Joel tribute band) and many more. More than 30 wineries from all along the West Coast will be bringing wines to sample and buy. VIP tickets include complimentary tastings. Catalina Island Company also provides many Catalina Wine Mixer Lodging Packages, which guests can purchase on the official website to enhance their stay.

Prices vary from $20 for the movie screening to roughly $400 with fees and admissions tax for VIP admission. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to book as soon as possible to ensure attendance.

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