Some resorts are just special, and Montage Laguna Beach has always been top-notch for me. The coastal elegance and wildly warm staff enhance the luxury experience with personal touches rather than stiff formality. The experiences Montage create—be it an evening cocktail, a community fundraiser, or a quiet dinner with wine—always leave me longing to extend my stay.
Studio, Montage’s acclaimed restaurant, has long been a wine mecca in Orange County. With famed sommeliers and management including Troy Smith, a 30,000-bottle inventory, a Forbes five-star rating, and a five-time Wine Spectator Grand Award designation, Studio sets the standard for a truly accomplished and superior wine experience. I love that Montage is spreading the wine wealth throughout the resort, though, with two wine dinners on the horizon. Continuing Montage’s dedication to California wines, these two wine events feature wines from Sonoma with distinct pairings and varietals.
The first event features Campesino Cellars at Montage’s Mosaic Bar and Grill on August 30th. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner commencing at 7:00 p.m. Campesino Winemaker, Marcario Montoya, has created a brand paying homage to his family’s decades-long heritage of tending to vineyards. His Rhone-style wines will pair with Chef Miguel Ruiz’s Mexican specialties. $75 per guest, not including tax and gratuity.
Chips and Salsas – fire-roasted tomato salsa, pico de gallo
➜ Isa, Rosé of Grenache
Local Rockfish Ceviche – avocado, tomato, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro
➜ Alina, Marsanne/Roussanne Blend
Street Tacos – grilled cod, chicken tinga, carne asada, pork belly, cabbage, chipotle crema; frijoles de la olla, arroz, salsa fresca
➜ Grenache, Steel Plow Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
➜ Syrah, Los Madres Vineyard, Los Carneros
Cinnamon Churros – chocolate and salted caramel sauces
September 27 brings the iconic Patz & Hall chardonnays and pinot noirs and Anne Moses, the renowned face of the brand to Montage’s restaurant, The Loft. For $150 per guest, not including tax and gratuity, guests will savor Chef Victor Casanova’s culinary talents showcasing the small-lot and single-vineyard wines for which Patz & Hall is acclaimed. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.
CANAPÉS, CRISPY BLUE CRAB CROQUETTES – compressed tomatoes, basil rani, watercress, lemon
AMERICAN WAGYU BEEF TARTARE – garlic confit, anchovy, capers, black truffle, gaufrettes
➜ Sparkling Brut, North Coast
CAULIFLOWER VELOUTÉ – black grape, walnut, pomegranate, celery leaf
➜ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
LOBSTER CRUDO – grapefruit, chives, pink peppercorns
➜ Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros
ROASTED MEDITERRANEAN TURBOT – celeriac, brussels sprouts, pancetta, green apple, black truffle
➜ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
PRIME DRY-AGED DELMONICO STEAK – pommes purée, wild mushrooms, wilted bloomsdale spinach, bordelaise
➜ Pinot Noir, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Chenoweth Ranch Vineyard, Russian River Valley
LEMON-POACHED WILLIAMS’ PEARS – granite, foam, golden glass tuiles
Montage Laguna Beach
Thursday, August 30, 6:30 p.m. – Campesino Cellars at Mosaic Bar and Grille
Thursday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. – Patz & Hall at The Loft
For reservations, call 949-715-6420.