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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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March 4
The worlds of wine collecting, fine dining and charity meld together at the Napa in Newport Wine Auction. Held at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the 3rd annual event highlights 30 of Napa’s finest wineries through tastings, food pairings and educational discussion. Select wineries include Vineyard 29, Continuum Estate and Blackbird Vineyards. Guests will also be able to enjoy a dinner created by celebrity chef Amar Santana, executive chef of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca. The evening culminates in a spirited wine-centric live auction. Cost is $650 per person. Proceeds for the event benefit the nonprofit organization CureDuchenne. Festivities are slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the official website. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-240-2000.
March 11
The Firkfest Caskaway Tiki Beer Fest is happening at Farmer’s Park in Anaheim, adjacent to the Anaheim Packing District. Now in its 4th year --- and the first with a tiki theme --- the brew-centric fête is slated to feature 30 local craft breweries serving up unlimited pours of unique, specially-made brews from 50 different casks. Selected Orange County breweries include Bottle Logic Brewing, Noble Ale Works, Pizza Port Brewing Company and Gunwhale Coastal Ales. The event will also feature food from Anaheim eateries ADYA, Iron Press and Pour Vida Latin Flavor. Cost is $55 for unlimited pours, and $15 for designated drivers. The event is slated to run from noon-4 p.m. For more information, please visit the official 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.
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.

Also consult GAYOT's Orange County Culinary Events

For additional information on wine events, please contact:

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

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