Guests will sip through some of the world’s best wines at the historic property, while supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kids Konnected and the Swanner House Restoration Foundation
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIF. – On the heels of an amazing first year in 2018, OCWineFest returns to San Juan Capistrano March 9 and 10, bringing top wineries into one location for two days of wine tasting and wine education on the historic grounds of A Stone’s Throw Winery, with many OC-based winemakers, exhibitors and great philanthropic organizations in the mix.
In its second year, OCWineFest, produced in coordination with LAWineFest owner and CEO, Dr. Joel Fischer, will be bigger and better, and will continue to blaze the trail to bring wine and people together – from the novice to the aficionado – in an accessible way, balancing fun, exploration and education with wine tastings, food pairings, and a chance to meet some of the area’s top sommeliers and winemakers. The event will also feature gourmet goodies and luxury products from a variety of vendors, as well as a variety of food trucks. The spirit of giving will continue through 2019 at OCWineFest, which will raise funds and awareness for three amazing philanthropic organizations – Kids Konnected, the Swanner House Restoration Foundation, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“The OCWineFest is special – especially getting to interact with guests who have family and friends affected by blood cancers. For me, the most important thing about OCWineFest is to raise as much money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Kids Konnected,” said OCWineFest producer, USMC Col. Sean Magee, also a survivor of Lymphoma. “I’m really looking forward to OCWineFest 2019 – there’s great camaraderie and community among the guests, and plus there are so many amazing wines, beers and food trucks to experience.”
At its inaugural event in 2018, almost 2000 guests sipped more than 200 wines, while they mingled, danced nibbled bites and learned about award-winning wines from certified sommeliers and the winemakers themselves. The six craft breweries on tap were a hit among the crowd, which spanned demographics, showing that the enthusiasm for the wine and beer community is strong in Orange County. Among the 40 wineries and breweries, there were well-established vintners, as well as those new to the industry, including A Stone’s Throw Winery, Giracci Vineyard, Ascension Cellars, Chevalier de Bayard, Cloak & Dagger, Josh Cellars, Leese-Fitch, Rancho Capistrano Winery, Vinemark Cellars, Wilson Creek Winery, Highwater Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Co. and The Bruery. Sponsors included Audi, Orange Coast Magazine, Great Taste Magazine, OCFoodies, Greer’s OC, The SOMM Journal, Tossware, OCWineTrail, Santa Barbara Vintners, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, The Garland Company and others.
Tickets for the 2019 OCWineFest retail for $100 for General Admission and $125 for All Access, (which provides early entry Saturday and access to the exclusive VIP boutique winery areas. But leading up to Christmas, last minute gifts are taken care of with an early bird sale – through the end of the year, people may purchase ALL ACCESS tickets for the price of a General Admission for just $100. All tickets include a glass provided by Tossware and unlimited tastings. Designated drivers are appreciated, and their tickets cost only $25. More info at www.ocwinefest.com.
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