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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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Through September 4
The Capital Grille in Costa Mesa is hosting The Generous Pour, an annual summer wine event that lets patrons indulge in seven glasses of wine culled from around the globe for $28 with the purchase of an entrée. This year’s theme is “Rebels, Rule Breakers & Game Changers,” highlighting different wineries from Italy, Napa Valley, Australia and California’s Central Coast. For more information, visit the restaurant's website. The Capital Grille, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-432-1140.
October 7-9
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach will host the sixth annual Festa Dell’Autunno, a celebration of Italy’s fall harvest season. The weekend will be filled with special culinary events designed to bring the thrill and romance of The Old Country to the Pacific Ocean. Highlights include a multi-course, prix-fixe dinner with wine pairings; an al fresco jazz brunch; and a street fair featuring live music, an auto exhibit and traditional flag performances. For more information, please the event website. The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
October 23
The Winery Restaurant & Bar is putting on its annual Sunday in the Vineyard fundraiser. Held at Tustin’s Marconi Automotive Museum, the eighth annual soiree offers guests the chance to taste more than 80 wines culled from around the world, including several rare and unique labels from various boutique wineries. Guests will also be able to view the museum’s collection of rare automobiles; enjoy hors d’oeuvres created by The Winery’s executive chef/partner Yvon Goetz; participate in live and silent auctions; and watch a fashion expo. Cost is $150 per person. VIP tables for 10 are also available for $3,000. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations Marconi Foundation for Kids and Plasticos Foundation. The event is slated to run from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the museum’s website

The Costa Mesa Trader Joe's location on 17th Street is the first TJ's store in the nation to offer a free wine tasting bar. Tasting hours are from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. every day. Two wines are featured each week. Trader Joe's, 640 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 949-642-5134.
Andrea, the flagship restaurant at Newport Coast’s The Resort at Pelican Hill, hosts a unique prix-fixe dinner built to highlight Italy’s most popular regions. Each time chef Marco Crisculo crafts a special, rotating three-course meal showcasing the diversity of Italian cuisine through the exploration of regionally specific ingredients and techniques. Dishes are paired with a carefully selected glass of wine culled from Italy’s top appellations. The cost is $99, including wine pairings. Andrea, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
Bacchus’ Secret Cellar in Irvine’s Quail Hill Center has Taco Tuesdays from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. For $10 diners can enjoy two tacos and a glass of wine. For more information, visit Bacchus' Secret Cellar, 6735 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92603, 949-502-4600.
The Cellar hosts Wine Wednesdays, a weekly event that makes it easier for guests to explore the venerable downtown Fullerton restaurant’s celebrated wine list. The venue offers a 50 percent discount off the list price on every selection offered, with no exemptions. Additionally, the restaurant will waive their corkage fee of $25 on one bottle of wine brought in by a guest or couple. The Cellar, Villa del Sol Shopping Center, 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-525-5682.
Second Wednesdays
The Resort at Pelican Hill hosts a special wine tasting event at their Pelican Grill restaurant every second Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Resort guests and locals each have the opportunity to enjoy six separate California wines, along with a special chef's selection of light bites. The cost is $25 per person. Pelican Grill, Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 Pelican Hill Rd., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
3rd Thursday of the Month
Back Bay Bistro teams up with former Los Angeles Rams quarterback and present-day winemaker Vince Ferragamo to host the weekly Ferragamo Wine Dinner. Every month, the Newport Beach restaurant builds a five-course meal around a selection from Ferragamo’s wine estate Tenuta di Ferragamo. Guests will also be treated to a meet-and-greet with the Ferragamo, as well as a current or former member of the Los Angeles Rams. More information is available online. Back Bay Bistro, Newport Dunes Resort, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-729-1144.
3rd Thursday of the Month
Bourbon Street hosts Unpretentious Wine Thursdays, a monthly get-together designed to take the perceived starch out of wine tasting. Guests gather in the downtown Fullerton restaurant’s heated outdoor patio to enjoy pairings of wines from a selected vintner with the restaurant’s Cajun-inspired contemporary fare. The cost of the event is $20, and is slated to run from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Bourbon Street, 110 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-626-0050.
3rd Friday of the Month
EATS Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Irvine’s flagship restaurant, is hosting California Wine Nights. Guests will enjoy an interactive wine pairing dinner showcasing a different top-notch winery from the Golden State each evening. EATS executive chef Jason Montelibano will craft a five-course meal to go with the wines, and winemakers will be on hand to discuss each glass that’s poured. Cost is $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information, please visit the restaurant’s website. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614, 949-230-4452.
Every Saturday, the Orange County Wine Elite hosts a fun and educational blind-tasting of wines from around the world in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach restaurants. Themes vary on a weekly basis, and guests pay only their coverage for the wines at retail cost, plus any individual food expense. Check out their program and register at

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Hi-Time Wine Cellars
250 Ogle St.
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