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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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January 27
The Ocean Institute in Dana Point is hosting its inaugural Food & Wine Experience. Set against the dramatic background of the coastal city’s popular harbor, the 1st annual fête will bring eight of Orange County’s top chefs together for an evening of food, wine and specialty beverages. Chefs include Yvon Goetz from The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar; Ryan Adams of 370 Common; Azmin Ghahreman from Sapphire Laguna; and Rainer Schwarz of Driftwood Kitchen. Cost is $100 for general admission, $150 for VIP admission. The event is slated to run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Visit here for tickets.
March 4
The worlds of wine collecting, fine dining and charity meld together at the Napa in Newport Wine Auction. Held at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the 3rd annual event highlights 30 of Napa’s finest wineries through tastings, food pairings and educational discussion. Select wineries include Vineyard 29, Continuum Estate and Blackbird Vineyards. Guests will also be able to enjoy a dinner created by celebrity chef Amar Santana, executive chef of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca. The evening culminates in a spirited wine-centric live auction. Cost is $650 per person. Proceeds for the event benefit the nonprofit organization CureDuchenne. Festivities are slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the official website. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-240-2000.

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 Bacchus' Secret Cellar, 6735 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92603, 949-502-4600.
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.

Also consult GAYOT's Orange County Culinary Events

For additional information on wine events, please contact:

Hi-Time Wine Cellars
250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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