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Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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February 12
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is hosting Latin Food & Wine Experience; a special epicurean event that shines the spotlight on flavors from south of the border. Guests will have the chance to indulge in special Pan-Latin dishes crafted by the hotel’s executive chef, Brian Sundeen. Dishes will include sea bass ceviche and braised goat tacos. Guests will also enjoy several top wines culled from Latin America, and representatives from each winery will be on hand to share personal stories and experience regarding the wines and the winemaking process. The cost is $85 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. The event is slated to run from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Reservations are required, and can be placed by calling Resort Services at 949-240-2000. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629, 949-240-2000.
March 9
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon is hosting a Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars Winemaker Dinner. Set inside the Anaheim restaurant’s sixth-floor hospitality suite, the four-course dinner will feature select wines culled from the Napa Valley wineries, paired with special dishes crafted by executive chef Michael Rossi. Select will courses include Japanese hiramasa crudo with Osetra caviar; Petaluma rabbit boudin blanc; and Colorado grass-fed lamb chop with pecan spatzle. Silver Oak Winemaker Nate Weis will be on hand to discuss the wines. The cost is $300, not including tax and gratuity. Dinner is slated to start at 6 p.m. The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, 1025 E. Ball Rd., Anaheim, CA 92805, 714-817-4200.
March 13
Some of Orange County’s most esteemed kitchen talent will gather at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to participate in the Disney’s OC Chef’s Table culinary event. Formerly known as Table for 10, this special fundraiser will feature 30 of OC’s top chefs collaborating on a five-course meal prepared tableside. Participating chefs will include Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose, Craig Strong of Studio, Alexander Dale of SeaLegs Wine Bar and Ron Fougeray of Splashes. Each course will also be paired with wine and cocktails. Guests will have the chance to join in a pre-mail cocktail party, participate in an auction and enjoy live music. Event proceeds go toward Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit working to end homelessness in OC. For more information, including ticket info, visit the official website. Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 1600 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802, 714-635-2300.
April 8-10
The sixth annual Palm Desert Food & Wine will feature a four-course luncheon, chef demonstrations and two “Grand Tastings” with more than 40 restaurants and 60 wines. For more information, visit Palm Desert Food & Wine's official website
April 15-16
The California Wine Festival in Orange County will take place April 15-16, 2016. The event will include the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting and Beachside Wine Festival main event with unlimited tastings of hundreds of California wines and local and regional craft brews, as well as food samples, including gourmet appetizers and artisan cheeses. For more information, visit California Wine Festival's website

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

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