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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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October 1-2
The third annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival will include the Daytime Festival, an event taking place at the Newport Beach Civic Center. At the two-day fête, guests will samples wines and fare from over 80 wineries and some of Newport Beach area’s finest restaurants. Participating names include Provenance, Driftwood Kitchen, Pelican Grill, Mastro’s Ocean Club, Five Crowns and Selanne Steak Tavern. Guests will also have the opportunity to watch cooking demos, attend wine seminars and enjoy live jazz. Each day of the event is slated to run from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, including pricing, please visit the event website. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-644-3309.
 
October 7-9
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach will host the sixth annual Festa Dell’Autunno, a celebration of Italy’s fall harvest season. The weekend will be filled with special culinary events designed to bring the thrill and romance of The Old Country to the Pacific Ocean. Highlights include a multi-course, prix-fixe dinner with wine pairings; an al fresco jazz brunch; and a street fair featuring live music, an auto exhibit and traditional flag performances. For more information, please the event website. The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
 
October 23
The Winery Restaurant & Bar is putting on its annual Sunday in the Vineyard fundraiser. Held at Tustin’s Marconi Automotive Museum, the eighth annual soiree offers guests the chance to taste more than 80 wines culled from around the world, including several rare and unique labels from various boutique wineries. Guests will also be able to view the museum’s collection of rare automobiles; enjoy hors d’oeuvres created by The Winery’s executive chef/partner Yvon Goetz; participate in live and silent auctions; and watch a fashion expo. Cost is $150 per person. VIP tables for 10 are also available for $3,000. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations Marconi Foundation for Kids and Plasticos Foundation. The event is slated to run from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the museum’s website
 

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.
 
Monday-Wednesday
Andrea, the flagship restaurant at Newport Coast’s The Resort at Pelican Hill, hosts a unique prix-fixe dinner built to highlight Italy’s most popular regions. Each time chef Marco Crisculo crafts a special, rotating three-course meal showcasing the diversity of Italian cuisine through the exploration of regionally specific ingredients and techniques. Dishes are paired with a carefully selected glass of wine culled from Italy’s top appellations. The cost is $99, including wine pairings. Andrea, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
 
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.
 
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.
 
3rd Friday of the Month
EATS Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Irvine’s flagship restaurant, is hosting California Wine Nights. Guests will enjoy an interactive wine pairing dinner showcasing a different top-notch winery from the Golden State each evening. EATS executive chef Jason Montelibano will craft a five-course meal to go with the wines, and winemakers will be on hand to discuss each glass that’s poured. Cost is $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information, please visit the restaurant’s website. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614, 949-230-4452.
 
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.
 

Also consult GAYOT's Orange County Culinary Events


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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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