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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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May 15
Montage Laguna Beach plays host to the 9th annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach fundraising event. The elegant resort will welcome a bevy of talented celebrity chefs who will prepare singular farm-to-table tastings set along an ocean-view backdrop. Select chefs will include Craig Strong of Studio in Laguna Beach; Ludo Lefebvre from Los Angeles’ Trois Mec; Walter Manzke from Republique in Los Angeles; and David Coleman from Chianina Steakhouse in Long Beach. Guests will also enjoy fine wines, cocktails, live and silent auctions, and live music. A VIP “Meet the Chefs” reception will take place after the tasting. Tickets are $200 in advance, $225 at the door. VIP tickets are $275 in advance, $300 at the door. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, a non-profit devoted to ending childhood hunger. For more information, visit the official website. Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 866-271-6953.
 
May 21
The 6th Annual Great Wine Festival will take place outdoors at the Orange County Great Park. The festival will feature live entertainment and unlimited tastings from more than 30 wineries, breweries, spirits and restaurants. All proceeds will benefit the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to the community. For more information, visit the official website. Orange County Great Park, Hangar 244, C Street, Irvine, CA 92618, 714-571-5200.
 

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
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.
 
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.
 

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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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