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Doing Well, Vinifying Good

Three more wine and food celebrations, some with a charity twist, take place this month.

The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, which seeks to transform the lives of young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education, will hold its annual Keep the Promise Wine Tasting event on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

The event is a stroll-around blind tasting of a dozen wines (six white, six red) rated 94 points and above, plus food and a raffle. Among the wines:

• A 2005 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon from Helena Montana Vineyards (99 points)

• A 2010 Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape (99 points) and

• A 2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (99 points)

I go every year and am always amazed by the wines, and the inability of my palate to ascertain the correct label and vintage during the blind tasting.

Tickets are $350, and worth every penny to taste these wines and support Wooden Floor. Visit thewoodenfloor.org.

Taste Makes Taste

You’ll need to schedule Big Canyon alongside Tastemakers of Orange County 2019—which is also on Sept. 12 and which offers bites from 25 local restaurants, including many of my favorites: Tackle Box, Harley, Taco Mesa, Broadway by Amar Santana, Vaca, and Blue Fin.

This event helps back Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, founded to enhance the health, social and economic well-being of those groups in OC, but which has morphed over its 22 years into serving multiple groups. Executive Director Mary Ann Foo (see story in Special Report, page 9) told the Business Journal her staff interacts with people in 26 languages.

VIP tickets are $135; general admission, $95. Head to Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Details and tickets: ocapica.org.

One More Sip

Want more?

How about a Lafite Rothschild wine dinner on Sept. 22 at the Cellar Restaurant in Fullerton?

This five-course meal is prepared by Executive Chef Scott Rosales, with Rothschild wines paired with each course.

Sample: slow-cooked casserole of rabbit sausage with white beans and herbs, paired with a 2016 Legende Saint-Emilion. The entreé, filet of beef a la Rothschild, is served with a 2014 Blason d’aussie reserve.

The Cellar was established in 1969 and has an atmosphere reminiscent of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction—because it was designed by the same craftsmen who designed the ride.

Visit cellardining.com.

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