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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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La Quinta Resort & Club will host the Celebrity Chef Tour December 4-5 December 4-5
La Quinta Resort & Club will host James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour. Participating chefs include Jimmy Schmidt (Morgan's in the desert), Larry Forgione (The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Suzanne Tracht (Jar), Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy) and more. Events include a rustic dinner under the stars on Friday and the gala on Saturday. Prices range from $100 to $325. For more information, visit James Beard Foundation's website. La Quinta Resort & Club, 49-499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 92253, 855-884-9315.
April 15-16
The California Wine Festival in Orange County will take place April 15-16, 2016. The event will include the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting and Beachside Wine Festival main event with unlimited tastings of hundreds of California wines and local and regional craft brews, as well as food samples, including gourmet appetizers and artisan cheeses. For more information, visit California Wine Festival'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.
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.
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.
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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For additional information on wine events, please contact:

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

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