FAQ's

CALIFORNIA WINE FESTIVAL - ORANGE COUNTY & SANTA BARBARA


CAN I BUY A TICKET AT THE EVENT?
Yes, tickets are available at the gate at higher prices. We recommend you buy them in advance online (print-at-home). A sell out is expected. (Save $10-$20 per ticket on advance purchases). Email for group rates info@californiawinefestival.com (20 or more).

 

WHAT IF I LOSE MY TICKET, OR CAN’T COME?
Our ticketing company allows you to reprint your tickets on their website. If you need assistance with your tickets, please contact our ticketing company.

support@nightout.com
http://nightout.com/contact
1-800-936-3126

HOW MANY WINES CAN WE TASTE?
Your admission ticket entitles you unlimited wine tasting privileges. You will also be given a long stem wine glass and program. There will be hundreds of wines to sample. Pace yourself and don’t overindulge! Spit buckets are provided along with lots of water to drink.

IS THERE ANY FOOD AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT? 
Yes, there are complimentary appetizers, artisan cheeses, fresh cut fruits, breads, and more! 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE THERE?
Winter Wine Classic has a maximum of 600 tickets sold.

WHERE CAN WE PARK?

ORANGE COUNTY
 We highly recommend taking public transportation or having a designated driver. The law is very strict on drinking and driving. California Wine Festival – Orange County

Friday Parking: Valet parking is available at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa for the Friday night event for $18/car.

Saturday Parking: Lantern Bay Park - Doheny State Beach Parking lot at the base of Park Lantern Road – $15/day charge – This is a short 1/4 mile walk to uphill to venue – Shuttles will be running to transport from parking lots. Street Parking Dana Point Harbor Drive street parking – 4 hours maximum. There will not be any parking at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa on Saturday. 

SANTA BARBARA

We highly recommend taking public transportation or having a designated driver. The law is very strict on drinking and driving.

California Wine Festival – Santa Barbara There are public parking lots within ¼ mile to each side of the venues (Friday/Saturday). Downtown public parking is available for the Thursday night event.

WHAT IS A SILENT AUCTION? WHO BENEFITS?
It’s great fun and you can get some real bargains on exotic large format bottles (double magnums!) of premium wines, wine country trips and lots of other great items.

Orange County – 100% of net proceeds goes to Surfrider Foundation of South Orange County.

Santa Barbara -100% of the net proceeds goes to Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to feed hungry families locally.

In a Silent Auction, there is no annoying auctioneer and no pressure. Every item is laid out for your inspection. You casually inspect, read descriptions, and if you want, write down a bid on the bid sheet. When time is up at the end of the festival, if you have the highest written bid – you win that item (s)! You pay the bid amount and take your item home with you. Simple and fun!

WILL THERE BE ANY WATER AVAILABLE?
Yes, we will be providing water at the event. Special thank you to our water sponsor – Icelandic Glacial

CAN WE BRING OUR CHILDREN, OR OUR PETS?
Although we love children, by law, no one under 21 can be admitted into the event. No infants. No strollers. No exceptions. And health laws prohibit any animals of any kind at our event. Leave them home too. (Except guide dogs for the blind)

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Beachside Wine Festivals -VIP ticket holders may enter at 12pm, for 60 minutes of preview food sampling and wine tasting. General admission ticket holders usually can enter at 1pm. The event ends at 4 pm sharp.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Orange County

Friday: “Rare Wine Tasting” Casual elegant resort wear is great. No t-shirts and cut-offs please.

Saturday Beachside Festival: No shoes, no shirt, NO ENTRY! T-shirts, shorts OK. Bare feet can get cut on broken glass. Heels are hard to wear on grass! Be comfortable. Have fun. Be safe.

Santa Barbara

Thursday: “Old Spanish Nights” – Festive casual.

Friday: “Rare Wine Tasting” Casual elegant resort wear is great. No t-shirts and cut-offs please.

Saturday Beachside Festival: No shoes, no shirt, NO ENTRY! T-shirts, shorts OK. Bare feet can get cut on broken glass. Heels are hard to wear on grass! Be comfortable. Have fun. Be safe.

CAN WE BRING OUR PICNIC LUNCH, CHAIRS AND BLANKET?
We encourage our guests to circulate among the wineries and sample the wines and foods. There are grassy areas where you can rest under provided umbrellas, but no chairs or other sitting facilities are available except in the VIP Pavilion *(must have VIP ticket to enter). There simply isn’t enough room for picnicking inside the grounds. You may get a hand stamp, then re-enter the grounds if you wish.

ARE THERE PLACES TO SIT DOWN?
Our events have very limited seating available. We encourage our guests to circulate among the wineries and sample the wines and foods. There are grassy areas where you can rest under provided umbrellas, but no chairs or other sitting facilities are available. There simply isn’t enough room for picnicking inside the grounds. You may get a hand stamp, then re-enter the grounds if you wish.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

The Festival will go on regardless of the weather. If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella! No refunds will be given. (The sun at the beach is bright and you may get a burn. Bring sunscreen and wear a hat.) * Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting in Orange County will move indoors if there is inclement weather.

See you at the Festival!

E-mail: info@californiawinefestival.com