On April 19-20, 2013, the California Wine Festival (CWF) will be held once again in the picturesque, coastal town of Dana Point. Executive Director Don Fritzen said, “We’re bringing back even more wineries from around the state and great food purveyors to meet the great demand here (in Orange County, CA).” The expanded lineup includes wineries from every region of California, a group of wineries from Oregon, regional microbreweries, and restaurants from around Orange County
Friday April 19, 6:30pm-9:00 pm
“Sunset Rare & Reserve” Wine Tasting, Marriott Laguna Cliffs (Vue Lawn)
The “Sunset Rare & Reserve” Wine Tasting on April 19, 2013 will feature rare and reserve level bottles that winemakers will dust off and pour at this popular event. Some wines being poured are no longer in distribution; some are proprietor’s reserves and end-of-vintage wines. A champagne reception greets guests who will be treated to Napa trophy cabs, rare bottles from Sonoma County, Santa Cruz and Sierra Mtn. areas, the red-hot Central Coast, Pinots from Santa Barbara County and much more. Top regional chefs will serve hot and cold appetizers while live bluesy jazz keeps the atmosphere super cool. Ticket price includes all wine and food samples and an 18 oz. keepsake wine glass.
- Advance Ticket Price – $99 (Gate Price $125)
- Special Event Valet Parking Rate $16
Saturday, April 20, 12:00pm-4:00 pm
“Beachside Food & Wine Fest”, Doheny State Beach, Orange County
Sip your favorite wines and savor all the gourmet foods for an additional 60 minutes (Enter at 12pm, not 1 pm) at this year’s Beachside Wine Festival. Avoid the crowds and lines, step right up to your favorite wineries and restaurants without waiting. Enter into the uncrowded festival grounds and enjoy extra time to talk and sample with the winemakers and restaurateurs before the general public is admitted at 1:00 pm. Early Entrance Tickets do not include admission to VIP Pavilion. Ticket price includes all wine and food samples and an 18 oz. keepsake wine glass.
- Advance Early Entrance Ticket Price – $94 (Gate Price $105) – ONLY 500 Available!
- Advance General Ticket Price – $69 (Gate Price $80)
Saturday, April 20, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Beachside Winedown, Doheny State Beach – Picnic Areas A & B
The Wine fest may be over, but not the fun! Festival guests are encouraged to join the fun at the free “Winedown” post-Fest event right at the Doheny State Beach Picnic area next to the Festival. Organizers invite everyone to relax and refresh in the shade for an hour before heading home. Free bottled water, gourmet cheese, artisan breads and more will be offered. The event will benefit the DSBIA (Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association) and donations will be accepted.
- Complimentary to Beachside Wine Festival attendees
For a list of participating wineries, please visit their website. One of my favorites is Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, CA.
For a list of participating restaurants and food purveyors, please visit their website. One of my favorites is The Melting Pot with multiple locations in Orange County including Brea and Irvine.
Buy your tickets now before they sell out!
For more information:
California Wine Festival
“Sunset Rare & Reserve” Wine Tasting,
Marriott Laguna Cliffs (Vue Lawn)
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Beachside Wine Festival
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
Buy tickets online
For event information, please visit: www.californiawinefestival.com