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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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May 27
Cucina Enoteca in Newport Beach is hosting a special gin dinner. Guests will be able to retreat to the restaurant’s garden-inspired outdoor patio to indulge in a five-course dinner prepared by chef Brent Omeste. These courses will be paired with gin-based cocktails, created by lead bartender Tucky Dias to showcase the spirit’s versatility. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to infuse their own gin medleys, which they will be able to take home. The cost of the meal is $95, including tax and gratuity. Space is limited. The dinner is slated to start at 6 p.m. For more information, including ticket purchasing, visit www.urbankitchengroup.com. Cucina Enoteca, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-706-1416.
 
May 29-31
The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival will host its 32nd annual event at Lake Skinner Recreation Area in Winchester, CA. Guests can purchase beverage tickets to try samples from local wineries and breweries. There will also be a food court, concerts, balloon rides and more. For more information, visit www.tvbwf.com
 
October 8-11
The Resort at Pelican Hill is hosting its Fifth-Annual Festa Dell’Autunno, a weekend celebration of food, wine and Italian tradition. Held within the confines of Newport Beach’s sprawling, Tuscany-inspired resort, the fête will include four days of culinary and art-driven events designed to tap into the ambiance of the Old Country. Select events include wine-pairing dinners created by guest Italian chefs, a Sunday jazz brunch and a traditional Italian street festival. For more information, including event pricing, visit www.pelicanhill.com. Pelican Hill Resort, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
 

Ongoing
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.
 
Tuesdays
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 www.bacchussecretcellar.com. Bacchus' Secret Cellar, 6735 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92603, 949-502-4600.
 
Wednesdays
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.
 
Wednesdays
Calling all wine aficionados! Café Tu Tu Tango has an event just for you. Every Wednesday, every bottle of wine on the award-winning list is half-price. It's a great way to sample wines of the world. If you can grab a table on the patio, consider yourself lucky...and hang onto it all night. CafĂ© Tu Tu Tango, The Block at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, CA 92868, 714-769-2222.
 
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.
 
Saturdays
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 www.meetup.com/WineElite.
 

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For additional information on wine events, please contact:

Hi-Time Wine Cellars
250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
800-331-3005



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