Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events
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The first ever edition of OC Cocktail Week is coming to Orange County. Chefs and mixologists from several dozen area restaurants will be working together to celebrate the mixed drink by creating special pairings of craft cocktails, appetizers and small bites, all priced at $20.14. Select restaurants slated to participate include 320 Main, HopScotch, Little Sparrow, Red O and Scott’s Restaurant and Bar. For more information, visit www.occocktailweek.com
FirkFest, an afternoon cask ale festival celebrating the burgeoning Orange County craft beer scene, will take place at Farmer’s Park in Anaheim. Thirty of Southern California’s top breweries will come together to offer unlimited pours from casks filled with beers that are meant to be served within 24-48 hours of the vessel being opened. Orange County restaurants/breweries Beachwood BBQ and TAPS Fish House & Brewery will be on hand, along with other popular local breweries such as The Bruery, Noble Ale Works and Bootlegger’s Brewery. The cost is $50 for general admission, or $10 for designated drivers. Food will be served at an additional cost. The event is slated to run from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.firkfest.com.
The California Wine Festival in Orange County will take place April 25-26, 2014. The event will include the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting and California 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, call 800-797-7753 or visit www.californiawinefestival.com
Head to the Balboa Bay Resort for the 11th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival. Festivities kick off Friday evening with a six-course wine dinner, continue on Saturday with a variety of seminars and cooking classes, and end on Sunday with a beer breakfast, seafood festival and Cigar "On the Rocks". Don't miss the Grand Tasting on Saturday evening from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. where you can experience tastings from over 90 wineries from around the world with delectable food pairings from the resort’s culinary team. To purchase tickets, call Balboa Bay Resort at 949-630-4145. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-645-5000, 888-445-7153.
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach is hosting their fourth annual Festa dell’Autunno event --- a weekend fete designed to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest and the release of the venue’s own property-cultivated olive oil. Guests that come to this weekend festival can indulge in special wine-pairing dinners featuring regional Italian cuisine, an al fresco jazz brunch, wine tastings and a street fair brimming with art, music and specially prepared bites. For more information, visit www.pelicanhill.com. The Resort at Pelican Hill, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
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.
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza hosts Tuesday Night Flights, offering a wine flight and specially paired appetizer. Flights are $20, which includes three wines and a small plate. The week's featured wines will be available at a discounted price in the Next Vintage wine shop. Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-352-2525.
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.
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. Café Tu Tu Tango, The Block at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, CA 92868, 714-769-2222.
SOL Cocina in Newport Beach hosts Tequila Thursdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; a program dedicated to showcase the complexities of the agave-based libation, as well as the many diverse interpretations of the beverage that have been crafted. Guests that arrive at the waterfront eatery can indulge in a complimentary tasting of the evening's featured tequilas, and then enjoy subsequent tastings of the tequila at half the normal price, while enjoying the venue's view of the Newport Harbor marina. The featured tequila brand rotates on a weekly basis. SOL Cocina, 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-675-9800.
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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on wine events, please contact:
250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627