Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Photo courtesy of Newport Beach Wine Festival

I’m a fan of any festival that denotes the wine before the food in the title! The third annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival then continues to grab my attention with its extensive line-up of fabulous wines and talented chefs for us to experience Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 1 and 2).

The event is open from 2 until 6 p.m. both days at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Tickets are $175 each day, and this general admission buys you:

  • More than 200 high-end, boutique, and cult wines poured
  • Wine Seminar led by a panel of six master sommeliers at 2:15-to-3 p.m. each day
  • Celebrity chef cooking demos
  • Access to two Grand Tasting Pavilions with tastings from 20 different restaurants each day
  • Beer tastings, and handcrafted cocktails
  • Live jazz
  • Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Wine Festival
    Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Wine Festival

    The list of wineries pouring is impressive—and makes my mouth water. They include renowned Champagne houses Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon, and Veuve Cliquot. Other wineries I’d definitely point my glass towards are Silver Oak, Twomey, Williams Selyem, Siduri, Sbragia, DeLille Cellars, and Gamble Family Vineyards. If the wines aren’t enough to knock your socks off, imagine pairing with foods from the likes of chefs Rick Bayless, Shirley Chung, Amar Santana, Pascal Olhats, and Andrew Gruel.

If you think one afternoon isn’t enough to experience the abundance of treasures, you can buy a weekend pass for $295. There are also a few seats available for VIP functions, like a private five-course tasting luncheon by chef Nancy Silverton, and Italian wine pairings chosen by master sommelier Michael Jordan, or an exclusive cooking demo by master chef Hubert Keller with Champagne pairings handpicked by master sommelier Peter Neptune.

When wine experts and chefs fly across the globe for a specific festival, you know the quality and the expectations are high. Best yet, the festival prides itself on a down-to-earth style and opportunity to engage one-on-one with the world’s wine and food icons. “The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival is the perfect example of an intimate, boutique event on a world-class level,” notes Rick Bayless.

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