Summer in Southern California conjures up my inner artist. I love strolling through galleries on summer evenings and whiling away hours at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach with wine in hand. I’m a fledging collage artist. Collage is my medium because I truly struggle in drawing even a good stick figure. With the dog days of summer ahead, I want to be brave and give painting a try.
I’ve discovered my perfect opportunity is the several Orange County locations that offer painting classes paired with wine. For beginners like me, each studio offers a step-by-step class to complete a full painting while sipping wine. You can choose which picture you’d like to paint from the event calendar and register online. Here are my top interests for painting classes that do give good attention to the wine as well.
2479 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782
Pinot’s Palette, which has an extensive event calendar, lists its full wine menu on its website: 12 whites, 18 reds, and four sparkling wines available by the glass or full bottle. Since wine is as important to me as the painting experience, I appreciate knowing the choices ahead of time like the delicious Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Label Sparkling Wine or Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon. For my painting, I’m eyeing the Aug. 3 “Morning in the Sun” class for $29, or the Aug. 6 “Monet’s Impressions, Sunrise” for $35. Keep an eye on the calendar for dates with specials on mimosas and bellinis.
Canvas, Paint and Wine, Oh My Studio
131-B Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
I perked right up when I learned that the wine selections at Canvas, Paint, and Wine are from its partner The Cellar in San Clemente. The Cellar has an extensive and impressive wine list, which is often freshened. Since The Cellar wine menu changes frequently, Canvas, Paint and Wine will email the wine choices for your specific class the week beforehand. You can also order light snacks from the The Cellar or bring your own appetizers that best pair with your chosen wine. I’d happily order the Dragonette sauvignon blanc from Santa Barbara, the Stoller Pinot Noir from Oregon, or the Gotes del Priorat Garnacha blend from Spain. I’m considering the Aug. 6 “Surfboards on the Beach” class and the Aug. 11 “Vineyards at Dusk,” both $45.