The Orange County Wine Festival, which took place April 22, saw a festive crowd and a plethora of sips amidst a gorgeous setting in Dana Point’s Lantern Bay Park. Nearly 40 wineries, as well as a collection of breweries and restaurants, provided guests the opportunity to sample a generous number of varietals and tastes.
Featured labels included Russian River Vineyards, Sculpterra and Broken Earth Winery. Joya Sangria was also a clear crowd favorite, providing cold refreshment on a hot day.
On the food side, Waterman’s Harbor put on a show with its paella, cooked in a traditional massive pan. CocoTutti’s chocolates made for a sweet complement as well, with flavors from liquid vanilla caramel to ginger Thai chili peanut.
The Orange County Wine Festival is run by California Wine Festival, which also puts on events such as the Winter Wine Classic in Santa Barbara. For more information, visit CaliforniaWineFestival.com.
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