Orange County, CA Wine Tastings & Events
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The recently renovated Balboa Bay Resort is hosting the 10th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival. The event will feature several different food and wine-centric events scattered throughout Memorial Day weekend. Selected events include a six-course, wine pairing dinner featuring labels from the Northern and Southern hemispheres; a beer-pairing breakfast; an outdoor evening gathering of cognacs, Scotches, ports and cocktails; and a grand tasting gala featuring more than 200 wines. Event costs range from $35-$195. For more information, visit www.balboabayresort.com. Balboa Bay Resort, Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663, 949-645-5000.
May 31-June 2
Where else can you get wines from South Coast Winery & Resort, Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards, Keyways Winery, Monte de Oro, Palumbo, Miramonte, Bel Vino, Briar Rose, Europa Village, Lorimar, Maurice Car'rie, Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery, Thornton, Van Roekel and Wiens Family Cellars all in one beautiful park with a lake view? Held at the Lake Skinner Recreation area, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is surrounded by untouched natural vistas, Lake Skinner and the Shipley Multi-Species Reserve. Outside the park borders are the rolling hills of Southern California's Wine Country - a wine country that now boasts more than 30 wineries. There are three options to wine tasting at the Festival: Reserve Tasting with six 2 ounce pours of award winning winemakers' reserve wines in a specialty souvenir glass $25; Standard Wine Tasting, $15, includes six tastes and a souvenir glass; Food and Wine Pairing, Saturday and Sunday includes four courses from local chefs paired with four different award-winning wines. It’s $73 on Saturday, $65 on Sunday and includes Festival admission as well as Festival seating at the concerts. Guests can buy full glasses of wine at "Wine by the Glass." Beverage tickets can be purchased in advance and will help reduce wait time in lines. All Festival tickets, and the food and wine pairing tickets can be found at www.tvbwf.com
The Resort at Pelican Hill hosts its third annual Festa dell'Autunno, a celebration of the fall season, food, wine and Italian tradition. Guests will visit the sprawling Newport Coast resort for the chance to indulge in a host of special experiences, including a guest chef wine dinner at the resort's flagship restaurant Andrea; an Italian street festival featuring regional Italian cuisine, wine, live music and visual arts; and a prosecco brunch and art auction. For more information, including pricing for individual events, please 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.
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.
Every Monday evening from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., sip your choice from Palm Terrace's wine list at half the usual price for each bottle while dining. Palm Terrace, The Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-760-4920.
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 www.bacchussecretcellar.com. Bacchus' Secret Cellar, 6735 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92603, 949-502-4600.
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. Café Tu Tu Tango, The Block at Orange, 20 City Blvd., Orange, CA 92868, 714-769-2222.
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.
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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on wine events, please contact:
250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627