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Pacific Coast Wine Festival – March 5 in Newport Beach

Whether you’re a wine collector, a wine aficionado, or simply enjoy great wine paired with superb cuisine, you won’t want to miss the fourth annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival that takes place Saturday, March 5 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

As in past years, this year’s Pacific Coast Wine Festival features an impressive variety of wines to taste, a delectable dinner, and live and silent auctions featuring rare and coveted wines plus one-of-a-kind trips and dining experiences (including a dinner for 10 couples prepared by Chef Pascal Olhats).

And if that’s not enough of an incentive for you, proceeds benefit Pacific Symphony’s artistic and education programs. Tickets (limited in number) start at $325 per person, but when you see the list of wines available to taste, you’ll understand the high ticket price.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. in the elegant surroundings of the five-diamond Island Hotel’s ballroom with appetizers, a silent auction, and a grand wine-tasting with more than 50 wines from two dozen vintners available to taste.

“This year’s wine tasting is better than ever,” Mike Kerr, the Wine Festival’s founder and committee member, told us. “We have newcomers such as Hundred Acre and Caymus joining our festival regulars including Flora Springs, Loring and Vega Sicilia. I call it an embarrassment of riches, but that’s because we’re becoming known as a prestigious event. We actually had to turn away wineries this year because we only have so much room. In fact, you probably won’t be able to taste every wine, but that’s a good problem to have.”

“The wines we’ll be offering in our live auction are really special,” adds Kerr. “Old world gems such as 1982 Mouton and 1986 Margaux will be complemented by new world cult wines including Harlan, Bryant Family, Bond, Colgin and Dalle Valle.”

The lavish dinner begins at 7:15 p.m. and features exotic greens with roasted pine nuts, tomatoes and creamy herb vinaigrette; filet of beef served with roasted shallot risotto and black truffle cabernet sauce; and warm chocolate pudding cake with caramel ice cream.

The evening culminates with an exciting live auction of what we’re told are some of the finest wines and auction lots in the United States. And if you’re not quite sure what you’re bidding on, roaming sommeliers can answer any questions.

For information on purchasing tables or tickets, visit

Sponsors already on board include BNY Mellon, Aston Martin, U.S. Bank, Tangram Interiors, Disneyland Resort and Traditional Jewelers. “


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This entry was posted on February 28, 2011 by in Wine event, Wine Tasting.
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