The Sustainable Wine + Dinner Series Returns to the L.A. Zoo for Incredible Evenings of Food, Wine, and Wildlife


April 3, 2019

Woman taking a photo of an owl

The Los Angeles Zoo announces its 2019 Sustainable Wine + Dinner series kicking off on Thursday, March 21 with Presqu’ile Winery of Santa Maria, CA. The annual series spotlights sustainability by showcasing farm-to-table cuisine, sustainable wines, up-close animal encounters, and curator conversations for an incredible night under the stars. Each evening focuses on a different topic and is set in a unique location in the zoo so guests can take in the views while enjoying a five-course meal perfectly paired with a selection of California wines. The dinners take place Thursday evenings, March 21, April 11, May 30, and June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The March 21st dinner set in the Amazonian Stilthouse at the Zoo’s Rainforest of the Americas exhibit will feature Presqu’ile Winery, a small, family-run winery dedicated to crafting exceptional cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc wines. Located in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley, their wines are made from sustainable estate and locally sourced fruit, crafting unique wines known for their elegance and balance. L.A. Zoo Curator of Birds Mike Maxcy will discuss illegal wildlife trafficking and its consequences for the planet’s biodiversity.

On April 11, the dinner will take place on the Cambodia Viewing Terrace at Elephants of Asia and feature Cambria Estate Winery, a women-owned winery located in the Santa Maria Valley, known for its single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Cambria Estate takes its commitment to sustainability beyond its vineyard with the recent creation of its ‘Stewards of the Land’ environmental sustainability grant program in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), which identifies and empowers female leaders who are making meaningful contributions to environmental and community-based causes. Zoo Curator of Mammals Alisa Behar will discuss the critically endangered Visayan warty pig, the most threatened wild pig species in the world.

On May 30, Brave & Maiden Estate will be showcasing their portfolio of exquisite estate-grown wines from the Santa Ynez Valley for the dinner happening at Mahale Mountain Terrace in the Zoo’s Africa section. Brave & Maiden is proud to be a SIP-certified sustainable vineyard dedicated to producing handcrafted, single-vineyard estate wines and red blends. Zoo Curator of Mammals Candace Scliment will discuss her time working in the field on behalf of Cameroon’s wildlife.

The last dinner in the series, happening on June 27, will feature Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, a boutique winery dedicated to crafting a small portfolio of still and sparkling wines from their sustainably farmed vineyard on the bank of the Sisquoc River, known as the Santa Maria Bench. Guests will dine on a bridge overlooking the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) and enjoy a lively discussion led by Curator of Reptiles & Amphibians Ian Recchio on the successes and challenges of crocodilian conservation.

Tickets for the dinner are $150 per person per evening and available only online at Members save $10 with an exclusive online discount code. Seating is limited and guests must be 21-and-up.


The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 55,000 member households representing more than 210,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.


Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing more than 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,400 animals representing 270 different species, 58 of which are endangered. Its lush grounds on 133 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.