Greer's OC: Get a taste of wine country

May 11, 2011|By Greer Wylder

The fabulous wine country of Paso Robles rolls into Orange County on Thursday at a not-to-be-missed wine event at Charlie Palmer at South Coast Plaza.

The second annual Stars of Paso Robles wine tasting means nearly 30 of Paso's premier winemakers are bringing more than 100 varietals from Paso's wine country. The evening is hosted by SoCal's wine expert, Ian Blackburn of LearnAboutWine.

Whether you're in the restaurant/wine industry or a wine enthusiast, you will love this experience. And all proceeds from the silent auction benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation, which funds children's cancer and AIDS research as well as Children's Hospital Los Angeles.


Participating wineries include Adelaida, Alta Colina, Asuncion Ridge, Bianchi, Bodegas Paso Robles, Cass, Chateau Margene, Cinquain, Cypher, D'Anbino, DAOU, Dubost, Eden Canyon, HammerSky, Hidden Oak, J&J Cellars, JK Wine Company, Katin & Arada, Kiamie, Le Vigne, Lone Madrone, Niner, Roxo Port, Stanger Vineyards, Terry Hoage, Treana & Hope Family Wines, Turley and Villa Creek.

The trade tasting lasts from 2 to 5 p.m.; consumer tasting is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $75 (two for $140) in advance, $100 at the door. Enter code "VIP" and save $20 on each ticket. For tickets, call (310) 451-7600 or visit

Charlie Palmer is located at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St. in Costa Mesa.


Give Peace a Chance

Join the Center for Living Peace in Irvine on Saturday for an all-day celebration honoring its first year of making good happen (and pick up a cupcake, too!). The center will be offering free family-oriented classes focusing on compassion and living peace from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In just the past year, the Center for Living Peace, in partnership with UC Irvine, has already brought high-profile speakers to inspire leadership, charity, education and sustainability at its Living Peace Series, including Charlize Theron, Sir Richard Branson and just last week the Dalai Lama.

The center is an important resource for connecting the community with classes, lectures and programs dedicated to its mission of inner growth and development, peace making and effective communication, protecting the environment, arts and culture.

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