California Wine Festival – Dana Point

April 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Laguna Cliffs Marriott- VUE Lawn
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
$59 - $149

California Wine Festival is Back in Dana Point for the 6th Annual California Wine Festival – Orange County on April 17-18, 2015

Now in it’s sixth year, the California Wine Festival (CWF) has found a new clifftop home overlooking beautiful Dana Point Harbor and Marina at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point.

This year’s Wine Fest takes place April 17-18 and Executive Director Emily Kaufmann said, “We’re expecting another great Festival in Orange County this year!”

“Orange County has 3 million plus citizens and most of them seem to love wine! We’re bringing back even more wineries from around the state and great food purveyors to meet the great demand here. We’re really excited about our sixth Festival here and the great momentum building in Orange County!”

The California Wine Festival has lined up an even wider variety of wineries from every wine region in California to pour at the prestigious events, plus regional microbreweries and restaurants from around the County.

“We’re getting a greater response in our sixth year, Kaufmann said, “Many of the heavy hitters hang back to see what happens, and with the first few years selling-out, we’re having no trouble filling our festival with great winemakers and food purveyors.” Sponsors are paying attention too and Kaufmann is enlisting national sponsorships to showcase their companies at the events. “They see the quality and prestige of our brand, Kaufmann said, “and the type of clientele we attract here in Orange County. They want to be part of it.”

Due to the success of the event, the Beachside Wine Festival has moved to picturesque Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point to accommodate more wineries and wine-lovers. The VIP Pavilion will feature gourmet bites and reserve level wines, seating and shade. The events will benefit the Surfrider Foundation of South Orange County, an environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

Tickets are available at

Friday April 17, 6:30-9 pm “Sunset Rare & Reserve” Wine Tasting, Marriott Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort & Spa — VUE Lawn This is the toughest ticket in town. California’s best winemakers dust off their rare and reserve level wine bottles in a wine lover’s fantasy night of sipping the ” REALLY GOOD STUFF” at a brand new and breathtaking venue, the Vue Lawn at the Marriott Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa overlooking Dana Point Harbor and Marina.

“We’ve got some really fantastic wines being poured again this year,” Kaufmann said. “Some wines being poured are impossible to find anywhere, so we’re extremely fortunate to have such a great collection of wines here for our guests.” A sparkling champagne reception greets guests who will then be treated to Napa trophy cabs, rare bottles of Sonoma reds, Santa Cruz and Sierra Mtn. areas finest Pinot Noirs and Syrahs, the trendy wines from California’s Central Coast, as well as a solid Santa Barbara County and Temecula contingency of top winemakers. Popular regional chefs will serve hot and cold gourmet appetizers while live music keeps things humming along. The rare chance to taste over 100 of these rare wines will be mirrored in the stunning views from high atop the Marriott’s Laguna Cliffs location.

NEW LOCATION — Overlooking Dana Point Harbor and Marina

Saturday, April 18, 12 noon-4 pm. “Beachside Food & Wine Fest” Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
This wildly popular wine event is a Spring time high point in Orange County wine circles and the Dana Point beach location attracts thousands beginning at noon for VIP and Early Entrance Pass holders — and 1 pm for regular ticket holders. Excited wine lovers can stroll the grassy beachview location for a day of sun, sea, wine, food and music where literally hundreds of premium California wines are served up along with the best of the regional microbreweries, gourmet food samples and vendors of all things related to wine. “Upstream”, a busy Southern California Caribbean band, is back with their own brand of high-energy fun fueled by their steel drum rhythms.

Print-at-home and digital tickets are available on the Festival website at

For more information, contact Emily Kaufmann at [email protected]com or call 805.886.5103.

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