I can’t be alone in the magnetic force pulling me toward this Memorial Day Weekend. Seems even our seasonal marine layer is tired of the grind and is supposedly unveiling some sunny holiday skies and warmer temps. This conjures up memories of lazy days at the beach or on the back deck with my wine glass in hand. As I check wine shop hours for the weekend restock, two local tastings catch my eye!
OC Wine Mart & Deli – Bodega Catena Zapata Tasting, May 25 and 26
Friday, May 25, 6 to to 8 p.m.
OC Wine Mart, 23411 Aliso Viejo Parkway, Aliso Viejo
Saturday, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
OC Wine Mart, 4925 Yorba Ranch Road, Yorba Linda
What an opportunity! Catena is super famous as the founder of remarkable Argentinian wine and it’s driving the country’s wine revolution. The Catena family is renowned for its foresight and innovation at the helm of Dr. Laura Catena, daughter of Nicolas Catena Zapata. She has even developed the Catena Institute where the Argentinian land, soil, sub-climates, and topography are deeply analyzed to determine which varietals are best suited. The family’s Adriana Vineyard is known as “South America’s Grand Cru,” where vines struggle, yet thrive at an astounding 5,000-foot elevation. Everything about Bodega Catena Zapata is special—the people, the influence, the dedication, the passion, and especially the wine.
For just $20, you’ll taste six Catena red wines; three malbecs, a cabernet sauvignon, a cabernet franc, and the red blend. The Friday event in Aliso Viejo will be led by Catena’s sommelier, Andrea Nunez! RSVP asap as this wonderful wine experience will sell out. ocwinemart.com
The Original Wine Club – Napa Two-for-One Tasting, May 26
I love the freedom at wine shops and tasting rooms to choose my wines and enjoy at my own pace via the wine dispensing systems. These systems work with a pre-purchased wine card that activates the pour. The Wine Club is generously doubling down on Napa tastings from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in their tasting lounge. Whatever wine card dollar amount you purchase that day, The Wine Club will double it at their expense. A $15 wine card will get you a $30 balance. This special is only available for their Napa Valley dispensary of 12 noted wines of the month as well as special staff selections. What a great value and fun opportunity! theoriginalwineclub.com