I am just starting to feel that sense of post-Christmas relief.
It was a splendid run from Thanksgiving to Christmas chock full of events, parties, wine, friend and family. I am happy to cap this season, though, with a couple of weeks of Netflix binges and bit of spontaneity for a movie or wine tastings. I still don’t know what I’ll be pouring for the New Year’s festive weekend, so was tickled to see two fabulous tastings available at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa: Top Shelf French Wines on Friday and Tete de Cuvee Champagne tasting on Saturday. Hi-Time typically chooses tasting pours the morning of the event and will release them via its Instagram feed, @hitimewinebar.
Top Shelf French Wines: Dec. 28
This Friday, Hi-Time is pouring a range of French wines for just $40. The wine bar is open from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. What better way to learn great deals, new chateaus, and beautiful vintages, than in person? Old World wines can be overwhelming if you aren’t familiar with the labeling and regions. Hi-Time’s choice pours is great way to be introduced to famed French experiences.
Tete de Cuvee Champagne: Dec. 29
This coveted experience costs $100, and the early seating is sold out. You’ll want to get on the stick and snag your spot for the 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. tasting as reservations are required. Bubbly makes my heart happy, and the more I drink and learn, the more I realize I have so much to learn and drink. Hi-Time’s access to grower and large-production champagnes and stories of family traditions is an unparalleled experience. Whether you’re looking to buy for the new year or too expand your champagne horizons, this event isn’t to be missed.
For me, Hi-Time Wine Cellars curates the wine buying experience perfectly. Despite decades of experience and managed growth, it still feels like a warm, intelligent, and witty family. I am impressed its their beefy calendar each month of tastings and events in the store’s wine bar. I love its Instagram feed reminding us of tastings and recommended pours. You’ll want to branch out and follow the store’s buyers and staff it tags, too, like @hitime_dan and @veronica_tinybubbles for an even deeper perspective in our Orange County wine lifestyle.
Hi-Time Wine Cellars
250 Ogle St.