(Frequently asked questions)
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 and save $10-$20 per ticket on advance purchases). Call for group rates (20 or more: 805-223-1880).
What if I lose my ticket, or can’t come?
Do I need to bring my ID? Yes, you much present your print-at -home voucher with photo indentication (MUST BE 21 OR OLDER - NO EXPECTIONS).
Your admission ticket entitles you unlimited wine tasting privileges. You will also be given a long stem wine glass and program. There will be over 300 wines to sample. Pace yourself and don’t overindulge! Spit buckets are provided along with lots of water to drink.
Yes, there are free appetizers, artisan cheeses, fresh cut fruits, breads and more. But, these are just sample portions. We do not serve a meal. Please eat something before you come.
The Friday evening event is more reserved and limited to 500. The Saturday Beachside Wine Festival is a spirited, Festival atmosphere attracting 2000-2500 wine lovers. (Shirts and shoes required)
Valet parking is available at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa for the Friday night event for $18/car.
Saturday Parking NEW LOCATION: Lantern Bay Park
- Doheny State Beach Parking lot at the base of Park Lantern Road - $15/charge - This is a short 1/4 mile walk to venue - Shuttles will be running to transport from parking lots.
- Street Parking Dana Point Harbor Drive street parking - 4 hours maximum
- Laguna Cliffs Marriott Valet parking – 1-5 hours is $18 and 5+ hours is $32
We highly recommend taking public transportation or having a designated driver. The law is very strict on drinking and driving.
Uber Special Offer! Go to uber.com/go/cawinefest and enter CAwinefest and get a Free Ride Home. This code is good a free first ride with Uber (up to $50)
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. And 100% of the net proceeds goes to Surfrider Foundation of South Orange County.
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!
Yes, every event will feature free water. There will also be other beverage manufacturers giving samples out.
Although we love children, by law, no one under 21 can be admitted onto the grounds, and we must have a double fence with a 5’ moat between fences per the law – so leave the little ones home. No babysitting facilities. No infants. No strollers. No exceptions. And no, health laws prohibit any animals of any kind on the grounds. Leave them home too. (Except guide dogs for the blind)
VIP and Early Entrance ticket holders may enter at 12pm, for 60 minutes of preview food sampling and wine tasting. Saturday Festival ticket holders usually start arriving and lining up at 12:30. The gate opens at 1 pm sharp. The festival closes at 4 pm sharp.
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.
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.
Bite your tongue! It has never rained at our event and we expect perfect “Chamber of Commerce” weather again this year. Never say never…this is a rain or shine event. 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.)
Friday night event will have some seating available. The grounds on Saturday’s beachside festival get very crowded and are not conducive to seating. There are grassy areas where you may rest, and the VIP Pavilion has limited seating for less than 100 (requires a VIP ticket to enter). You may get a hand stamp; leave the grounds and return any time you like.