Wine Adventures

I love wine, but wish I knew so much more bout it. I know that I like reds more than whites and I like Merlots but am starting to get a taste for Cabs. One day I was lucky enough to get a lesson from a friend who told me the basics of every wine label.

Every wine label should list four things the (1)  varietal of grape, (2) producer , (3)vintage year, and (4) region where the grapes are grown. The “varietal” indicates what type of grape is used to make the wine. Vintage year is the year the wine was made. That is easy enough, but wine has to be tasted right?

Looking for inexpensive but not cheap wines? Cost Plus World Market, Grocery Outlet, and Trader Joe’s are great places to get wine. In Orange County there are also some great places to enjoy a glass with friends.

WinedepotBrea offers  2 for Tuesdays. Buy one glass of wine from their “special selection” and get a second glass at no additional charge!  If you choose you can get  two glasses of wine for $5.

The Wine Exchange in Orange offers a $10 featured wine tasting on the first Thursday of every month. Check out their calendar for details.

UC Irvine Extension and the International Bacchus Society have teamed up to help promote philanthropy and wine education.  Every fourth Wednesday of the month stop in and enjoy unique wine tastings, good conversation and support a local charity. Each event supports a worthwhile cause and 100% of the proceeds go to the designated charity. Tickets are usually $20

The Laugna Culinary Arts School offers many events including a happy hour every Friday.  You can enjoy great food, a wine tasting of 5 different wines and a glass of wine for $20 per person! Additional glasses of wine at $6 per glass. Starts at 5pm. Come early for a good seat.  Also, on last Saturday of each month, from 1-4pm. you can taste 8 domestic and international wines for $5!

OCCustomWine also offers wine tastings for $5 and barrel tastings for $10

Also, if you are willing to drive to Temecula they have many excellent wineries.

One that I plan to visit very soon is Briar Rose Winery. My hubby and I stopped by one day for a look around.  The grounds look like something out of a fairytale, tempting the visitor to sit and rest awhile. I also happened upon this interview of Dorian, the winery owner which made me want to visit even more. Watch the , video it has a lot of great info.

Another good stop in Temecula is Tesoro Winery. They offer tastings at the store and have events listed on their webpage.

Local Wine Events lists a lot of local events in varying price ranges on their site.

Know of any great, inexpensive wine classes and deals? Please Share! Thanks!!!

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