Comprised of an intimate Friday evening tasting and a larger Saturday event, the California Wine Festival Huntington Beach is set for Nov. 10-11 at the posh Paséa Hotel & Spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Both activites involve samples from winemaking regions across California, paired with food from top Orange County restaurants along with lifestyle exhibitors and live entertainment in a high-end scenic setting.
“We are thrilled to be welcomed back once again by the Huntington Beach community, where we pay homage to Surf City USA with Matt Hurray’s swinging 60’s surf instrumentals among bites from the city’s diverse culinary scene coupled with pours from our fabulous wine partners”, says Emily Kaufmann, Executive Director, California Wine Festival.
Friday Sunset & Rare Rerserve Tasting
The event begings with the Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting, an intimate experience for dedicated wine connoisseurs. A sparkling wine reception starts the event and follows with hard-to-find award-winning wines, tasting room exclusives and limited-production wines hailing from vineyards based in California’s most renowned wine producing regions. Chefs from area restuarnts will be serving food from local favorites Duke’s Huntington Beach, Nardo Italian, Cucina Alessa, Bluegold and LSXO.
Live entertainment is from Hannah Claire, a singer-songwriter frequently compared to Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Norah Jones.
There is also a silent auction for exotic wines, tasting tours and dining certificates. Proceeds from this auction will benefit Golden Rule Charity, an organization dedicated to helping people in the hospitality industry during unexpected hardships. It goes from 6:30-9 p.m.
Saturday Beachside Wine Festival
The main event is the Beachside Wine Festival at the hotel’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Running from 1-4 p.m. (Noon for VIPs and early entries), it features tastings with winemakers and representatives from California’s top wineries and local restaurants. Attendees will have access to hundreds of premium California wines and regional craft brews.
The wineries are from California vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Temecula and more. Notable wineries attending include Adobe Road Winery, Amista Vineyards, Barlow Vineyards, Bellante Family Winery, Bernardus Winery, Carol Shelton Wines, Cuvaison Winery, Doffo Winery, Double Bond Wine, Gary Farrell Winery, Goldschmidt Vineyards, Head High Wines, Lions Peak Vineyards, Lloyd Cellars, Michael Mondavi Family Wines, Miner Family Wines, Mizel Estate Wines, Navarro Vineyards, New Zealand Wine Navigator, Oneonthehill Imports, Provenance Vineyards/Hook or Crook Cellars, Quench + Temper, Russian River Vineyards, Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance, The Landing, Williams Selyem Winery and Wine Guy & Wine Gal.
Popular restaurants from Huntington Beach and beyond include Aquamar, Bluegold, Butterfly Brittles, Caketails, Cheese Mifroma, Cucina Alessa, Duke’s Huntington Beach, Gino Angelini Authentic Italian Sauces, Goufrais Southern California – Cocoa Confection, Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken, Icelandic Glacial, Indarra Modern Indian Cuisine, LSXO, Kerrygold, Nardò Italian Restaurant, North Italia, Rhino’s Glazed Almonds, Savory Bites, Seven Barrels Olive Oils and Aged Italian Balsamics, SiSi Cakes and Tanner’s Restaurant.
Music is surf sounds from Matt Hurray and melodies of Chris Copeland and American Idol finalist, Adam Lasher on the main stage. In the VIP area, acoustic musician John Dean will be performing.
Similar to last year, Paséa Hotel & Spa is sponsoring the VIP Pavilion. VIP ticket holders will be able to dine on gourmet appetizers, reserve-level wines, and craft brews along with special designated seating in the hotel’s Blue Room.
“After Party Sponsor” Pacific City, a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located next door to Paséa Hotel & Spa is hosting the official “California Wine Festival After Party” after the Beachside Wine Festival from 4-7 p.m. at the Old Crow Smokehouse, located within Pacific City. Festival guests will enjoy live music and drink specials.
Auto sponsors for the event will include Jaguar and Land Rover. Additional sponsors will include Swiss Summit, Icelandic Glacial, Pacific City, Paséa Hotel & Spa, Penguin, Renewable by Andersen, and Traeger, who will feature champion pitmaster, Doug Scheiding, serving tastes of his award-winning tri-tip. Additional chefs providing bites include representatives from Tanner’s Restaurant, LSXO, and Cucina Alessa.
Select sponsors will be hosting fun activations which guests will be able to partake in during the Beachside Wine Festival. One of which will be Swiss Summit hosting a “raclette experience” with Mifroma cheeses.
The event’s website is: California Wine Festival.
How To Get Tickets For The California Wine Festival Huntington Beach
It is best to get the presale tickets in advance. Those prices are $110 for Friday night, $80 for Saturday, $95 for early entry and $130 for VIP. Tickets to attend both events are $210. All tickets can be purchased here at 2023 California Wine Festival – Huntington Beach – November 10-11 Tickets,