Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events
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In celebration of the annual California Wine Month and this year's grape harvest, wineries and restaurants across the state will offer an assortment of special tastings, winemaker dinners, festivals and other events throughout September. For more information, visit California Wine Month's website
Oak Grill, the flagship restaurant of the Island Hotel Newport Beach, is hosting a whisky dinner featuring The Macallan Distillery. Sous chef David Fernandez will be serving a four-course meal designed to pair with several selections from the famed Speyside distillery. The meal will also feature a special tasting of Macallan 25, and the evening will conclude with a post-dinner cigar. The cost is $100 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Dinner is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. Oak Grill, Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-760-4920.
Volvo presents the 6th annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. With a getaway package, guests have access to adventure tours, special events and dinners, and the weekend's main event of culinary adventures and fun. The tours go behind the scenes to explore wineries such as Halter Ranch Vineyards, sustainable farms and the gardens of Paso Robles Inn. On Saturday and Sunday guests can really get their fill of fine wine and epicurean delights. The Marketplace showcases more than 100 wineries, restaurants and food purveyors, and promises unlimited samples of gourmet treats and drinks. Guests will also find cooking demonstrations by celebrity and master chefs, vino tastings and seminars, as well as beer gardens, music entertainment and other special activities. Discover more at the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast event page
The second-annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival returns for a weekend of food and drink in the name of charity. Guests attending the event will have the opportunity to pair sips from an international array of wines with bites from some of Orange County’s top restaurants. Select restaurants will include Oak Grill, Studio, Selanne Steak Tavern and Andrea. Guests will also be able to enjoy live cooking demos from celebrity chefs, along with master sommeliers conducting interactive tasting panels. Proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit Project Hope Alliance. For tickets and more information, visit Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival's official website.
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.
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 www.bacchussecretcellar.com. 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.
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.
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 www.meetup.com/WineElite.
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on wine events, please contact:
250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627