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September 19-21
The First Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival will celebrate the culinary world among the city’s coastal backdrop. The inaugural fête will feature three days of cooking demos from some of OC’s most talented chefs, exclusive sommelier panels and appearances by the likes of Rick Bayless and Richard Blais. Some of the local toques slated to appear include Craig Strong of Studio at the Montage Laguna Beach, Alan Greeley of Golden Truffle, and John Ledbetter of Lark Creek Newport Beach. The event kicks off with a special VIP party hosted by Red O, and will be followed by two days of food and wine at the Newport Beach Civic Center. For more information, including ticket data, visit www.newportwineandfood.com.
 
September 25-28
The 2014 Sunset Savor the Central Coast will feature over 200 wines and 30 local chefs. Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani will prepare a duck dish at the main event on Saturday at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, and Chef Tanya Holland will lead an Italian flavors seminar on Sunday. Other activities include a chance for participants to meet with winemakers, brew masters and artisans, and to tour the Central Coast Pavilion. Tickets for the main event range from $85 to $150, with tickets to additional events starting at $25.  For more information visit www.savorcentralcoast.com
 
October 10–12
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach is hosting their fourth annual Festa dell’Autunno event --- a weekend fete designed to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest and the release of the venue’s own property-cultivated olive oil. Guests that come to this weekend festival can indulge in special wine-pairing dinners featuring regional Italian cuisine, an al fresco jazz brunch, wine tastings and a street fair brimming with art, music and specially prepared bites. For more information, visit www.pelicanhill.com. The Resort at Pelican Hill, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
 
November 1-2
Temecula Valley Wine County invites guests on a fun-filled culinary adventure during the annual Harvest Wine Celebration: a self-guided tour with delicious food and wine samplings from 30 different wineries. Exclusive barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines will be offered, many of which have yet to hit the market. Tickets are $99 and will give guests access to the event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. For tickets and more information visit www.temeculawines.org
 

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.
 
Tuesdays
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Wednesdays
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. Café Tu Tu Tango, The Block at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, CA 92868, 714-769-2222.
 
Thursdays
SOL Cocina in Newport Beach hosts Tequila Thursdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; a program dedicated to showcase the complexities of the agave-based libation, as well as the many diverse interpretations of the beverage that have been crafted. Guests that arrive at the waterfront eatery can indulge in a complimentary tasting of the evening's featured tequilas, and then enjoy subsequent tastings of the tequila at half the normal price, while enjoying the venue's view of the Newport Harbor marina. The featured tequila brand rotates on a weekly basis. SOL Cocina, 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-675-9800.
 
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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