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April 29
Oak Grill, the flagship restaurant at Island Hotel Newport Beach, will host a Five Courses & Five Whiskeys Dinner featuring George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey. Sous chef David Fernandez will be putting together a meal specifically crafted to pair with selections from the famed handcrafted whiskeys. Guests will also have the chance to finish the evening off with an after-dinner cigar. The cost for the meal, whiskey pairing and cigar is $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Oak Grill, Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-760-4920.
Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival will take place May 2, 2015 May 2
Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival will feature more than 30 wineries, craft breweries, spirits companies and Southern California restaurants. The event will take place at Irvine’s Orange County Great Park from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets cost $100 per person. Discounted tickets are also available for government and non-profit workers, as well as sitting judges. Proceeds will benefit the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services in Southeast Los Angeles County. For more information, visit
May 17
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar will be putting on its 7th Annual Sunday in the Vineyard fundraiser, benefitting the Marconi Foundation for Kids and the Eddie Guardado Foundation. The event, which will be held at Tustin’s Marconi Automotive Museum, will allow guests to enjoy tastings of more than 80 wines, including several unique and rare labels from around the world. Guests will also be able to enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Winery executive chef, Yvon Goetz, participate in live and silent auctions, and view the museum’s impressive collection of rare automobiles. The event is slated to run from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $150, and must be purchased in advance by calling the Marconi Foundation for Kids at 714-258-3001, or visiting
May 22-24
The Balboa Bay Resort is hosting the annual Newport Beach Wine Festival. The Newport Beach resort hotel will be the home of three days worth of events celebrating fine wine, spirits and various forms of culinary celebration, all set against the inimitable backdrop of Newport Harbor. Events range from winemaker dinners and interactive cooking classes to the annual Grand Tasting, featuring more than 200 selections from 90-plus wineries. Prices and times vary. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-645-5000, 888-445-7153.

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.
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza hosts Tuesday Night Flights, offering a wine flight and specially paired appetizer. Flights are $20, which includes three wines and a small plate. The week's featured wines will be available at a discounted price in the Next Vintage wine shop. Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-352-2525.
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.
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.
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.
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

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