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LAWineFest Heads South to Orange County, Featuring California and Old World Wines


The team behind Los Angeles’ successful LAWineFest heads south for the first Orange County event at the historic A Stone’s Throw Winery property in San Juan Capistrano, with charitable partner the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The OCWineFest/LAWineFest team is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the upcoming luxe OCWineFest, produced by wine expert Dr. Joel M. Fisher, and his team of the seasoned veterans of LAWineFest, with 12 successful years in Los Angeles under their belts. The inaugural Orange County event will take place November 4 and 5 on the historic grounds of A Stone’s Throw Winery on Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, and will feature many Orange County-based winemakers, as well as wines from Greece, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Solvang. There will also be a VIP charity dinner November 3 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, more details to come. Tickets are $60 for general admission, and $90 for all access, which provides pours from very special boutique wineries, which have limited production and amazing wines. There is also a special price for designated drivers, who the team values highly. The DD price is just $25.

There will be wine tasting, food pairings, musical acts, wine education led by sommeliers, winemakers and experts. Below is an updated list of wineries and other partners. Supported by The SOMM Journal, CRN and Great Taste Magazine, the event will also feature wares by Blue Collection, Brandini Toffee, Jewelree Bar, Laguna Salt, and Sogno Toscano Tuscan. Bear Flag Fish Co. will be serving up its famous poke bowls and tacos, which pair perfectly with many of the wines poured. Of course, there will be free coffee for everyone, poured exclusively by Costa Mesa’s Thunderking Brewing. Below is a list of wineries confirmed thus far, with more on the horizon.

Boutique Wineries

  • A Stone’s Throw Winery (Orange County)
  • Ascension Cellars (Paso Robles)
  • Bellante Family Winery (Orange County)
  • Cloak & Dagger (Templeton/Paso Robles)
  • Cowboy Canyon Winery (Orange County)
  • Frisby Cellars Winery (Orange County)
  • Giracci Vineyards and Farms (Orange County)
  • Lucky Dogg Winery (Solvang)
  • Newport Beach Vineyards (Orange County)
  • Wedell Cellars (Arroyo Grande/San Luis Obispo)


  • Navarro Vineyards and Winery (Anderson Valley)
  • Old World Vines (Greece/Hungary/Slovenia)
  • The Wine Caterers (Southern California)

Web: www.ocwinefest.com
Facebook: OCWineFest
Instagram: @OCWineFest
Twitter: @OCWineFest


Coming off the heels of LAWineFest’s 12th successful year, the team is proud to present the OCWineFest, following in the footsteps of Los Angeles’ popular event, which blazed a trail to bring wine and people together in an inviting and accessible way. Now a local institution, we’re known to reliably deliver an event that balances fun, exploration and education. This year’s inaugural OCWineFest will take place November 4-5 at A Stone’s Throw Winery in historic San Juan Capistrano.

ABOUT DR. JOEL M. FISHER, LAWineFest/OCWineFest Founder & CEO

Joel M. Fisher, PhD is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. He was awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America.

Dr. Fisher has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and the Underground Wine Letter. He has taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and in the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California — Los Angeles. He was a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine. He is a Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, a member of The Tasting Panel (formerly the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel) and a Wine Host for CRN’s What’s Cooking Show.

Dr. Fisher co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Germany, and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne, and a study-abroad program called “Wine and Cuisine of Iberia” in Spain and Portugal.


A Stone’s Throw Winery was originally founded in 2002 out of Trabuco Canyon and operated as a small boutique winery called Hamilton Oaks Vineyard and Winery Inc. In 2012 the winery opened a second tasting room as Hamilton Oaks San Juan in the historic Swanner House in San Juan Capistrano, on the 3-acre property among the orange groves. In 2016 a group of former Marines and retired Marines formed a new partnership with Giracci Vineyards and Farms to establish A Stone’s Throw Winery. The winery is thrilled to have the expertise of the Giracci Team and the support of some-hard charging Marines.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and is the leading source of free blood cancer education and support services for patients, survivors, families, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

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