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Cakebread Tasting at OC Wine Mart


OC Wine Mart will be celebrating its final wine tasting event of 2014 with celebrated Cakebread Cellars on Thursday at its Yorba Linda location and Friday at its Irvine location for $30 per person ($3 back towards purchase & 10% discount on 4 bottles of featured wines).

The six wines from Cakebread Cellars include 2012 Cakebread Chardonnay $39.99; 2012 Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay $59.99; 2013 Cakebread Pinot Noir $44.99; 2012 Cakebread Zinfandel $29.99; 2011 Cakebread Merlot $59.99; and 2011 Cakebread Cabernet $69.99.

OC Wine Mart Yorba Linda on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. (first session) and 7 p.m. (second session) at 4925 Yorba Ranch Road in Yorba Linda.

OC Wine Mart Irvine (last tasting ever in this location) on Friday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. (first session) and 7 p.m. (second session) at 2272 Michelson Drive in Irvine.

RSVP is required. Space is limited, so reserve your spots ASAP by calling Julie Lim at 714.785.5451 or emailing

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106th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade


Tomorrow night marks the opening night of the 106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, taking place at 6:30 p.m. with comedic actress Leslie Mann and singer/actor Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray as the first ever Grand Marshals for the parade.  Each night through Sunday, Dec. 21 the parade starts at Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. and finishes at the same site at approximately 9 p.m., completing its 14.7-mile route around Newport Harbor.

Themed “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly,” over 100 boats will be adorned with lights, decorations, moving displays, dancers, and music.

Local restaurants in the neighborhood will be offering special menus in honor of the annual holiday event. It’s a great way to enjoy some of the area’s best dining and view the parade.

A&O Kitchen + Bar at Balboa Bay Resort will have a special Boat Parade Menu with first come, first serve seating. You can view the menu here

Billy’s at the Beach will be offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu and 4 seatings that guarantee viewing of the entire parade.

Hornblower Cruises is offering an exclusive dinner cruise, giving guests an unforgettable view of the Parade from onboard a Hornblower yacht. Details here.

Newport Landing: Four-course prix-fixe Boat Parade menu available Dec. 17-21/

Waterline at the Balboa Bay Resort: Special three-course menu during the Boat Parade for $70.

The Winery Restaurant & Bar will have a prix-fixe dinner menu from 5:30pm – 8:30pm every night of the parade, $139/guest and $49/children 10 and younger.

The Village Inn on Balboa Island has created some special cocktails available through December to honor the first-ever Grand Marshals Actress Leslie Mann and Singer Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray.

The  GingerbreadMANN: Made with cranberry rosemary ice cubes ($12). The Village Inn Balboa Bar: a festive cocktail garnished with a piece of world-famous Balboa Bar frozen banana (12.95). The McGrath Moonshine Mule: served in a copper mug ($12).

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We Olive & Wine Bar Opens in SJC


We Olive & Wine Bar just celebrated its first South Orange County location in San Juan Capistrano. It opened just in time for holiday shopping with a variety of gifts that include artisan extra virgin olive oils, hand-crafted tapenades, mustards, pesto, balsamic vinegars, body and skin care products, kitchen accessories, serving dishes, olive wood, ceramics and decorative fixtures. 

After the New Year, We Olive & Wine Bar will roll out the second phase of its boutique with the grand opening of the wine bar.

In addition to fresh, delicious and healthful foods, We Olive & Wine Bar will offer small production artisan wines, which will be available by the taste, glass or bottle to enjoy in the bar, or by the bottle to take home or gift.

Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

31760 Camino Capistrano, Suite B in San Juan Capistrano. 949.441.7279.

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Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa


Join one of the most revered holiday celebrations in SoCal at the 20th annual Festival of Lights at the historic landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside through Monday, Jan. 5. The spectacular display attracts upwards of 250,000 visitors. The hotel is illuminated with more than 3.6 million lights that decorate an entire city block. There are also more than 400 animated figures, angles, elves and carolers.

There are also a variety of packages for overnight stays that come with specials for the holidays:

You can go all out for and book a Santa’s Suite Experience that includes an intricately-decorated, two-bedroom Santa Suite decked with all the holiday trimmings including a beautiful tree, stockings, holiday lights and Santa items, plus special experiences and amenities as follows:
A holiday dinner at the AAA Four-Diamond Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood restaurant
Visit from Santa Claus with your previously arranged presents under the Christmas tree
Family holiday breakfast in The Mission Inn Restaurant
Casey’s Holiday Cupcakes – six pack in a signature box
Kelly's Spa holiday aromatherapy candle
Complimentary valet parking
Price: All inclusive at $2,109 (Presidential Suite) | $669 (Junior Suite) |Available any night in December; meals are for two adults and two children.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

All inclusive at $199*
Enjoy all of the fun and festivities The Inn has to offer during the holidays with a one-night stay, Sunday through Thursday.
Deluxe overnight accommodations for two
$25 Resort gift card for any of the hotels gourmet restaurants, 54 ̊ at Duane’s or Kelly’s Boutique or Tuscan-inspired Spa
Kelly's Spa holiday aromatherapy candle
Complimentary valet parking.

3649 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside.

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