It’s Coming: O.C.’s West of West Wine Festival

The premiere wine event for Orange County is coming to Honda Center on Nov. 8. O.C.’s West of West Wine Festival, presented by the West Sonoma Coast Vintners and Orange Coast magazine, offers wine lovers an excellent opportunity to taste pinot noir, chardonnay, and other wines from highly-acclaimed producers in the West Sonoma Coast, several of which rarely pour at public tastings.

The western part of the Sonoma Coast AVA—sometimes referred to as the “true” or “extreme” Sonoma Coast—is a very distinctive, cooler-climate growing area. This region includes the more westerly areas of Annapolis, Fort Ross-Seaview, Occidental, Freestone, Green Valley, and the Sebastopol Hills. Some already have been given their own AVA status within the larger Sonoma Coast AVA.

Festivities on Honda Center’s Grand Terrace will include a VIP pre-tasting, a sommelier challenge, and food from restaurants such as Charlie Palmer, The Winery, and Wineworks for Everyone. I’ll be there, too, along with my fellow Wine Dudes blogger, “Prince of Pinot” Rusty Gaffney, for a meet-and-greet, and discussions on our favorite subject.

Producers who will be pouring that day are 32 Winds, Alma Fria, Ceritas, Claypool Cellars, CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs, DuMol, Emeritus, Ernest, Failla, Flowers, Fort Ross, Freeman, Gros Ventre, Hartford, Joseph Phelps, La Pitchoune, La Rue, Lattanzio, Littorai, Lynmar Estates, Martinelli, Peay, Ramey, Red Car, Senses, Siduri, Small Vines, Soliste, Sonoma Coast Vineyards, Wayfarer, and Zepaltas.

West of West is a “must” for fans of cooler-climate California wines, particularly chardonnay and pinot noir. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit

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