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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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July 18
The inaugural OC Meets Napa and Baja fundraising event is being held at Mission Capistrano. The event, whose proceeds will go to benefit the community health center AltaMed, will feature several some of Orange County’s most prestigious chefs creating special bites showcasing the depth and complexity of Mexican cuisine. Participating chefs include Carlos Salgado from Taco Maria, Eric Samaniego from Little Sparrow, and Danny Godinez from Anepalcos Café. The bites will be accompanied by select wine samples from both the Napa and the burgeoning Baja appellations. Tickets for the event are $125. The event is slated to run from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit AltaMed's official website. Dinner nightly. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, 949-234-1300.
 
October 8-11
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.
 

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
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.
 
Wednesdays
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.
 
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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