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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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March 6
Scott’s Restaurant & Bar will be hosting a Castello Di Volpaia wine dinner. The Costa Mesa venue will be featuring a special four-course meal crafted to pair with select labels from the Tuscan family winery. Select dishes will include Hokkaido scallops with oven-fried fennel; seared Muscovy duck breast with roasted kobucha; and corn-fed Napa lamb loin with pan jus. A representative from the winery will also be on hand to discuss the selections. The cost is $200 per person, or $350 per couple, inclusive of tax and gratuity. The dinner will start with a wine reception at 7 p.m. Scott's Restaurant & Bar, South Coast Plaza, 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-979-2400.
 
March 11
Broadway by Amar Santana is hosting a multi-course wine dinner highlighting selections from the Napa Valley vineyard Hall Winery. Executive chef Amar Santana will be rolling out a five-course meal at his eponymous Laguna Beach restaurant, which will be paired with carefully selected labels from the highly acclaimed winery. Select dishes will include braised Sonoma rabbit with mushroom duxelle, parsnip purée and cherry reduction; thyme-basted veal tenderloin with foie gras-stuffed morels; and vanilla crème caramel with whipped honey and peanut butter rosemary sable cookie. The cost is $204, excluding tax. The dinner is slated to start at 6 p.m. Broadway by Amar Santana, 328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-8234.
 
March 27-29
The fifth annual Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert will feature wine and craft beer seminars, celebrity chef book signings and two “Grand Tastings” with more than 50 restaurants and 70 wineries, brewers and spirits purveyors. For more information, visit www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com
 

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
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.
 
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.
 
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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