Summer Wine Dinners

Two notable Orange County restaurants are featuring summer wine programs.

Scott’s Restaurant & Bar in Costa Mesa offers a “Summer Wine Tour” that travels the globe, sampling wines and cuisine from various countries. Each dinner has a theme, with appropriate wine, food, décor, and music that enhances the experience. Each of the seven dinners has an extravagant wine-tasting grand finale.

Next Thursday’s four-course South America dinner, for example, offers Chilean sea bass paired with Catena Alta Chardonnay; fire-roasted Argentinian New York steak paired with 2005 Norton Perdriel Malbec Blend; salt-crusted and grilled quail paired with Purple Angel Carmenère; and rotisserie-fired rib eye with Montes Alpha M Cabernet Blend. This is quite an impressive menu priced at $175 per person, or $300 per couple including tax and gratuity.

Dinners also include Best of California, Friday, July 11; Silver Oak Winery, Monday, Aug. 4; New Zealand & Australia, Friday, Aug. 8; Spain & Portugal, Thursday, Aug. 21; France, Friday, Sept. 12; and Italy, Friday, Sept. 26. All are at 7 p.m.

Visit Scott’s website at, or phone 714-979-2400 for more information and tickets.

Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s is offering a special Williams Selyem dinner with noted winemaker Bob Cabral on Wednesday, July 30, with reception at 6, dinner at 6:30. The six-course meal by Chef Kim will be paired with wines carefully chosen by the winery. Cost is $159 per person excluding tax and gratuity. The full menu, including wines, is posted at

Also, monthly at the restaurant, a Wine Wednesday class is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and led by sommelier Augustus Miller. Five wines are offered, highlighting a particular region or theme. Last evening’s class was on South America, with classic food-and-wine pairings, and a nod to Chilean cabernet sauvignon and why it tastes like chili peppers (terroir!). Cost is $25 per person.

To make reservations for either event, call 714-352-2525.

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