The Real-Life Catalina Wine Mixer Is The Drunkest Party This Side Of Mardi Gras

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10.03.16 6 Comments

Sony/Catalina Island Company

I was at the Catalina Wine Mixer for roughly 10 hours. I was drunk for eight of those hours, and just buzzed for the other two. I mention this because I’m dead certain that my 80% drunk ratio skews near the very bottom of the “drunk people at the Catalina Wine Mixer scale.” Literally everyone else I met was wasted. Staggering. I’ve never seen so many people in one place whose eyes didn’t track when they talked.

That’s not a complaint, mind you. Because no one I met was belligerent. They weren’t rage drunk. They were MISQUOTING STEP BROTHERS LINES AT A MILLION DECIBELS drunk, which is actually pretty fun to be around.

Of all the loudly spoken, typically jumbled lines, one ruled supreme, for obvious reasons.


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Steve Bramucci has written for Outside, Afar, NatGeo Books, OC Register Mag, and other outlets. His essays and travel writing have been included in multiple anthologies. His first novel 'The Danger Gang & The Pirates of Borneo' will be released by Bloomsbury on August 1, 2017. He can be found online at

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