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Top-Notch Wineries and Bay Views—Here’s What to Expect at the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival on Memorial Day Weekend

Sip Your Way Into Summer with Wine, Waterfront Views and Spirit Tastings

Clinking glasses and sparkling harbor views? There’s really no better way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend! The Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival is back May 26-28 for its 18th year with exciting new additions. Over 500 wine-lovers will ring in the summer season with more than 60 wine and spirits vendors at Balboa Bay Resort. ​​Sip on signature wines from Duckhorn and Groth, or bring the party with 818 Tequila and Off Hours Bourbon! Here is what to anticipate for the 2023 Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival.

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Tastings From Top Wineries

Wine Festival in Newport Beach
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It should come as no surprise, but the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival is hosting several elite wineries, including Napa Valley’s Duckhorn, Paso Robles’ Lasorda Family Wines, Dani Gold Wines and Chateau Montelena. Duckhorn is kick-starting the weekend’s festivities with a four-course Friday night dinner to showcase its exceptional cabernet sauvignon and elegant merlot, which is fruit-forward with spice flavors. Dani Gold Wines is known for its vibrant chardonnay harvested on the central coast, and Chateau Montelena creates award-winning whites at their enchanted Calistoga winery and will  on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Macallan’s Pop-Up Speakeasy 

Wine Festival in Newport Beach
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An elevated cocktail is the cherry-on-top to a day of wine and spirits tastings. Grab yourself something fruity and gentle at The Speyside Lounge hosted by Macallan. This on-site speakeasy pop-up lounge will feature Macallan single malt scotch whiskeys and one-of-a-kind rare tastings and tapas. Grab a spot for one of the tastings on Friday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. As a first-time addition to the festival, this speakeasy is a must-visit for guests and will be open both Friday and Saturday night. 

 

Lux Overnight Getaway 

Wine Festival in Newport Beach
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Make a weekend out of the festival with Balboa Bay Resort’s exclusive overnight packages. Desiring a full weekend of wine, cuisine and bayfront luxury? The Newport Beach Wine package was designed just for that. Resort guests for the Wine Festival Weekend will receive 15% off guest room accommodations and 20% off festival tickets. Unwind in the morning at the spa, taste away the afternoon and simmer in the Jacuzzi at night. Plus, an overnight stay ensures you are able to hit all the tastings and the Macallan speakeasy!

 

California Coastal Cuisine 

Nothing pairs better with an afternoon of seaside sipping than California coastal cuisine, especially when prepared by Executive Chef Prabeen Prathapan, who brings over 20 years of local hospitality experience to Balboa Bay Resort. Chef Prathapan has perfected the art of coastal hospitality, and he is best known for making delicious flaky white fish tacos and crispy wings. Be sure to grab a taco or two!

 

Endless Views of Newport Bay 

Newport Bay’s dazzling bay views make the perfect background for celebrating Memorial Day weekend. Cue summer and enjoy the sunshine as yachts sail by the Bayfront Lawn at the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival. The lawn boasts benefits of a day on the bay with seaside breezes and sparkling views. With the marina as a backdrop and Lido Isle in the distance, there’s no better location to host a wine festival in Orange County. 

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Local Live Music

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Live music sets the mood for a quintessential Orange County weekend. Local bands will take the stage at the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival on both Saturday and Sunday during the Grand Tastings. Sip and sway to the sounds of the saxophone and heavy bass of a bluesy trio on Saturday afternoon, and enjoy a special performance by Fault Lines on Sunday. This acoustic folk singer-songwriter duo fuses modern pop and country roots with their signature three-part harmonies that are sure to have your foot tapping along to the beat. 

 

Aerialist Entertainment 

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Fill your glass, cheers your cups and make your way to Balboa Bay Resort’s Bayfront Lawn to awe at the aerialist entertainment! Exclusive wines and spirits are not the only “wow” factors of this Balboa Bay Resort festival. From 2-6 p.m., acrobats will be twirling through the air and looping through hoops with mid-air tricks. Aerialist performances will take place on Saturday and Sunday throughout the Grand Tastings.
Cheers to an amazing weekend of sun, spirits and vino!

 

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

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Lover of the beach, food and fitness, Emily enjoys exploring all sunny Southern California has to offer! She has a passion for sharing about her favorite local gems and began writing for Locale in 2022. On the weekends, find her creating recipes for her food blog or out in Laguna!

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