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We Can’t Wait to Attend These 3 Events at the Balboa Bay Resort During the 16th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival!

Written By: Jennifer Pellerito
Photography Provided By: IMW Agency Newport Beach Wine Festival

A long weekend ahead calls for an extra day spent drinking, dining and enjoying the warm summer air. For us Californians, that can usually mean one thing: heading outdoors and enjoying panoramic views of the Pacific. If this sounds like your idea of a good time, be sure to mark your calendars for the 16th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend at Balboa Bay Resort.

Over the course of the holiday weekend, you’ll be able to indulge in highly-acclaimed winemaker dinners, tastings and parties galore. The festivities start with a Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel Winemaker Dinner and Reception on Friday, May 24, featuring iconic Napa Valley vineyards and a five-course dinner crafted by Executive Chef Vic Casanova and Chef de Cuisine Josh Shapiro. Continue on the path of savory indulgence with even more tasting events and culinary experiences happening between Saturday and Sunday.

“Most of the event is outside along the waterfront, so it’s a beautiful afternoon for guests,” says Elizabeth Stefan, Director of Marketing at Balboa Bay Resort. “It’s a wonderful weekend!”

If you’re ready to clink your glass and cheers to the start of summer, check out a few of our top picks happening throughout the weekend:

1 | Grand Tasting Newport Beach Wine Festival

Get ready for a wine and food tasting that’s more than just great—it’s grand! The Grand Wine and Food Tasting is happening on Saturday, May 25 from 2-5:30 p.m. Don’t miss this event if you’re looking for the widest selection of wines available during the festival. Explore over 100 varietals from over 20 premium and award-winning wineries and distilleries, delicious food and live music at the Grand Tasting.

Native Knowledge: Love a California red? Seeking a French Champagne? Try them all and enjoy live entertainment, food stations and waterfront views in one whirlwind of an afternoon.

2 | A&O Patio Party

Prep your party game for a patio party like no other featuring local spirits, handcrafted cocktails and coastal-inspired bites at A&O Patio Party. There’s nothing better than spending your social hour with your favorite cocktail and amazing bites under a California sunset, especially with the view of Balboa Bay from A&O’s exclusive Patio Party. Curl up beside a fire pit, enjoy live music and experience the buzzing atmosphere on Saturday, May 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Newport Beach Wine Festival

3 | Taittinger Champagne Brunch

Rise and shine on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waterline Newport Beach, where you can feast both your eyes and your stomach on a brunch buffet featuring your favorite brunch offerings and pours of Taittinger champagne.

Native Knowledge: Feel the ocean breeze from this waterfront restaurant while experiencing the flavors crafted by the Resort’s culinary team led by Executive Chef Vic Casanova. Sip it down with a glass (or two) of Taittinger Champagne, and you’ll be well-equipped for the day ahead.

Types of Tickets and Room Packages

Get a festival pass and enjoy any three events taking place on Saturday or Sunday. A festival pass is best for those looking to relish in the activities all weekend long at Balboa Bay Resort, allowing the most flexibility with picking and choosing the events you’d like to attend.

In a crunch for time? Don’t fret! You can also purchase individual tickets for specific events during the festival weekend. Rest assured, with either option, you’re sure to experience the best bites and bubbles offered all year long at Balboa Bay Resort.

For those looking to spend the night at the resort, room packages are available. Wine down through the entire Memorial Day Weekend with 15 percent off room accommodations and complimentary shuttle services within two miles of the resort. This package is available with the purchase of two tickets to any Wine Festival event.

Balboa Bay Resort
1221 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.645.5000