If you aren’t attending Newport Beach Wine & Food festival Oct. 4-7, there are other quality, intimate wine events to get you in the harvest spirit.
The Capital Grille – Laurel Glen Vineyard Wine Dinner
Oct. 4 – 7-10:30 p.m.
$195 per person – RSVP
The iconic Capital Grille in Costa Mesa is host to a special five-course dinner featuring the wines of Sonoma’s Laurel Glen Vineyard. Known for vineyards planted in the 1880s, Laurel Glen crafts distinct and luxurious cabernet sauvignon. The vintages of Laurel Glen to be enjoyed with Capital Grille’s culinary talents is truly impressive and exciting. Guests purchasing Laurel Glen wines that evening will receive free shipping within California and a 10 percent discount for purchases of 12 bottles or more.
*Assorted Tray Passed Hors d’oeuvres including Crispy Ricotta, Goat Cheese, Cherry Dumpling, Smoked Salmon, Dill Aioli, Pita, Crab & Lobster Cake, and Corn Relish
-2017 Laurel Glen Blanc Slate Sauvignon Blanc
*Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Shallot Cherry Mostarda, Pumpernickel
-2014 Laurel Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
-2015 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
*Braised Wagyu Short Rib, Cauliflower Purée & Heirloom Carrots
-2006 Laurel Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
-2008 Laurel Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
-2010 Laurel Glen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
*30-Day Dry Aged New York Strip Pom Fondant, Haricot Verts, Canterelle Bordelaise
-1999 Laurel Glen Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
-2012 Laurel Glen “Lot 44” Cabernet Sauvignon
*Chef’s Selection of Artisanal Cheeses, Dried Fruits & Nuts
Salt Creek Wine Co. – Iron Horse Sparkling Tasting and Sabering Experience
Oct. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$40 per person – RSVP
Salt Creek Wine Co. in Laguna Niguel is under new ownership as of this year. Under the helm of longtime industry contributor Sean Doherty, the Salt Creek Wine Co. has a new slate of events and modern focus. I suggest stopping in on Sundays for a 50 percent discount on wines by the glass. On Oct. 5, Salt Creek is showcasing the sparkling wines of renowned Iron Horse Vineyards of the Green Valley AVA of Sonoma. Bubbly lovers will taste three Iron Horse sparkling wine pours, then choose a bottle of which they’ll be guided in the art of sabering. Iron Horse will give you a fun and historic background on the development of sabering and unleashing the “drink of the stars.”