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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
(714) 876-2380

Drink It In! A Wondrous World of Wine Awaits when Pacific Coast Wine Festival Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with Coveted Wines, Decadent Dining and Rare Auction Items

Orange County, Calif. — February 07, 2017

Pacific Coast Wine FestivalRaise a glass to a magnificent decade of remarkable wines, as Pacific Coast Wine Festival (PCWF) celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary in 2017 with another spectacular event! Guests of this year’s wine festival will find themselves afloat in a sea of outstanding flavors from the premier wine-producing regions of the world. This sensational evening of first-class wine tasting includes a delicious wine-paired feast and both silent and live auctions offering rare bottles and exceptional experiences! With wines ranging from cult and storied artisanal to those that need no introduction, PCWF has swiftly become one of the most revered wine auctions in California, as well as a major fund-raising event for Pacific Symphony’s many arts and education programs. PCWF is generously sponsored by Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin Newport Beach.

“This festival is the most fun wine tasting I’ve been to, so I’m happy to be the chairman for a second year!” says Symphony supporter Greg Bates, who also led last year’s highly successful effort. “We bring music, delicious wine, a great dinner and special wines for our live and silent auctions to OC—and it all benefits Pacific Symphony and its educational programs for school-age kids who would not get music in school without us.”

This year’s PCWF takes place Saturday, March 11, beginning at 5 p.m. in the elegant five-diamond Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Seating for this increasingly popular event is limited and starts at $375 per person. Tables are available at the Jeroboam level ($10,000), which includes a dinner paired with wines curated from a single boutique winery paired exclusively for the table’s guests, with varietal stemware and a representative from the winery to pour and discuss the wines, plus, elevated décor and extra details. Wineries pouring at the exclusive Jeroboam-level tables include Del Dotto, William Cole and Blackbird. Tables are also available at the Magnum level ($7,500) and Bottle level ($5,000), both with upgraded paired wine. For information, please contact the Symphony’s special events department at (714) 876-2364 or For more information, visit or to learn more about the Symphony, visit 

“We have lots to be excited about this year—we’re back at the lovely Island Hotel and we’re inviting wineries with wines that have made the Top 10 wine lists so people can see what the buzz is all about!” says Bates. “We’ll have 20-plus wineries for tasting, along with great appetizers. Guests have the opportunity to speak with numerous winemakers or their local representatives. After 10 years, PCWF has become a serious festival for wineries to showcase and sell their wines to sophisticated Orange County wine lovers.”

PCWF delivers a first-class opportunity for wine enthusiasts, casual wine drinkers and music supporters alike. The grand evening gets underway at 5 p.m., as guests find themselves enveloped in the casual but elegant ambience of wine country, where they are invited to stroll through multiple rooms, experience the tannins and inhale the complex aromas of more than 60 wines from California’s boutique wineries and around the world, plus enjoy complementary appetizers and bid on three sets of enticing auction lots. VIP guest sommeliers include Jennifer Lamb of Herb Lamb Vineyards and Desirée Del Dotto of Del Dotto Vineyards. Other wineries pouring include Beekeeper, Blackbird, Bougetz, David Arthur, Nellcôte, Pont Neuf, Privée, Progeny, Riverain and William Cole.

While the complete list of wines for this year’s festival is still being finalized, last year’s 2016 PCWF featured such delectable selections as Aubert Wines, BOND Estates, Château Cos d’Estournel, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Margaux and Hundred Acre. Tantalizing live auction items include a VIP wine tasting journey to Napa with private airfare and luxury accommodations; a wine-paired dinner for 10 at Batesby Farm; and an exclusive weekend getaway in Carmel, courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover Aston Martin of Newport Beach, for an off-road driving course experience and weekend use of the vehicle. Plus many, many more!

“So many highlights!” exclaims Bates of PCWF. “Among them are a specially designed wine-paired dinner, where our $10,000 tables have an enhanced dinner menu paired to one of our wineries, who bring some special wines just for that table. These tables are very limited and if anyone who’d like one should call us immediately. And our auction has opportunities for dinners, wine and special vacations!”

Following the reception at 7:15 p.m., guests are ushered into the grand ballroom with décor reminiscent of glorious grape-orchard regions around the world, to enjoy a five-course gourmet meal crafted by the Island’s Executive Chef David Man and perfectly paired with wines, while enjoying live music performed by a talented Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra musician. The evening concludes with the thrilling live auction featuring some of the finest and rarest of wines including selections from Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Screaming Eagle, d’Yquem, Haute-Brion and Kistler, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences that include luxury trips to wine destinations, winery guesthouse accommodations and specialty tastings.

At the evening’s conclusion, guests are treated to a select port and decadent chocolate tasting, before heading home. This intimate and exceptional evening ensures that symphonic music continues to be heard throughout Orange County. Cumulatively raising approximately $1.5 million for the Symphony’s artistic and education programs over the last 10 years, PCWF supports the Symphony’s education and community engagement programs, including Heartstrings and Class Act. Heartstrings is a major community-wide program providing free access to concerts, hands-on enrichment activities and transportation for a range of underserved local residents in partnership with Orange County agencies. Class Act connects Pacific Symphony to more than 30 Orange County elementary schools each year, enhancing existing school music programs by providing additional musical experiences through the Symphony.

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, celebrates its 38th anniversary this season. The largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 50 years, it is widely recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene, as well as in its own burgeoning cultural community. The Symphony has played a central role in the phenomenal growth of the performing arts in Orange County. Presenting more than 100 concerts a year and a rich array of education and community programs, the Symphony touches more than 300,000 Orange County residents—from school children to senior citizens.