The West of West “WOW” Festival was hosted by the Orange Coast Magazine in conjunction with West Sonoma Coast Vintners. The event took place at The Grand Terrace at Honda Center (home of the Anaheim Ducks).
The event featured wines (from 31 vintners) from the cool coastal climate of the Sonoma Coast. This area, with its many distinct growing regions, is considered one of the world’s leading regions for pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah.
West of the West Festival: Wine
Here is a list of the participant wineries:
Holtermann Family Wine
Red Car Vineyards
West of the West Festival: Food
For the event, the food tastings were provided by award-winning Orange County restaurants.
Tostaditas with Mole Verde Pork Braised Cheeks
Avocado Coconut Shake
Charlie Plamer At Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza
Truffle Grilled Cheese, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with a Pinot Noir Reduction
The Grand Terrace at Honda Center
Thanksgiving Rangoon (Turkey Rangoon with Cranberry Sauce)
Carnivore Cupcake (with sausage and bacon)
Butter Lettuce Wrap
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Braised Short Ribs and Polenta Cake
Tamarind of London
Butternut Squash Masala
Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque
Other stations were offering tastings in all you can eat fashion (think about long counters filled with bread, donuts, and cheeses).
Bread Artisan Bakery
Signature Selection of Fresh Bread
This is probably one of the most beautiful displays of cheese I have ever seen. They included the following:
Ossau Iraty (Southwest France)
Fromage D’Affinoise (Rhone-Alps, France)
Boschetto at Tartufo (Tuscany, Italy)
They also had Cacciatorino Salami (Paso Robles, California), an assortment of crackers, candied walnuts, and honey.
OC Donut Bar
This donut shop has been voted one of the best of Orange County. For the event, they had Crème Brule, Wine Infused and Chocolate Ganache donuts (in huge quantities).
This company had their machines brewing coffee, teas and other blends.
The cruise company provided samples from the Hartford Family Wines. In addition, it hosted a Vacation Planning Zone with information on the cruise line’s award-winning culinary and wine programs and a chance to win a Caribbean cruise.
More of California
Have you attended the West of the West Festival? What part of the event attracts you more?