Newport Beach, Calif. ,
12
January
2017

Balboa Bay Resort Hosts Thirteenth Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (March 29, 2016)Balboa Bay Resort will host the thirteenth annual and highly acclaimed Newport Beach Wine Festival May 27 to May 29, 2016. This celebration will showcase Balboa Bay Resort and its exceptional food and beverage offerings through five creative and interactive wine and culinary experiences over the three-day holiday weekend.

“We are looking forward to our thirteenth annual wine festival event and welcoming resort guests, Balboa Bay Club members, and our local community to the resort to experience an extraordinary wine and food experience,” said Sam El-Rabaa, general manager of Balboa Bay Resort. “Along with the recent renovations to our beautiful resort, we are very excited to introduce some modern twists and fun experiences during this year’s annual weekend of exceptional wine and food.”

Newport Beach Wine Festival kicks off the holiday weekend on Friday evening, May 27, with an exquisite reception and five-course dinner featuring vintages from two iconic and critically-acclaimed Napa Valley wineries Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel in the resort’s signature waterfront restaurant, Waterline Newport Beach.

On Saturday, May 28, guests are invited to delight in three events, beginning with the interactive wine-themed cooking class and communal lunch, followed by a pre-Grand Tasting sunset reception and harbor cruise aboard SeaForce1, the resort’s new yacht and floating event space. The day concludes with the pinnacle of the weekend, the Grand Tasting where the resort’s Grand Ballroom will transform into a majestic tasting room featuring over 100 wines produced from over 50 top-flight California wineries, all acclaimed and award-winning, paired with an abundance of decadent food including fresh seafood, caviar, artisan cheese and meats, delightful desserts and much more specially created by Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom and her culinary team. A live jazz trio will perform throughout the evening.

Newport Beach Wine Festival concludes on Sunday, May 29, with an incredible and extravagant Sunday Champagne Brunch featuring Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. Along with top-flight champagne and a large variety of sparkling and white wine, guests will enjoy a bloody mary bar to accompany the vast variety of fresh seafood, oyster bar, sashimi, sushi, omelet bar, carving stations and much more. Live jazz will be performed throughout the course of brunch.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 27

Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel Five-Course Winemaker Dinner and Reception

Waterline Newport Beach patio & dining room

6 – 10pm · $150*

Reception and decadent five-course dinner specially created and prepared by executive chef Rachel Haggstrom and culinary team featuring the two iconic Napa Valley wineries.

Saturday, May 28

Trinitas Cellars “Cooking with Wine” Cooking Class and Communal Lunch

Bay View Room

11am – 2:00pm · $65*

Wine-themed tthree-coursecooking class, followed an afternoon communal lunch on the Nay View Room patio.

Pre-Grand Tasting Sunset Reception and Harbor Cruise aboard SeaForce1

SeaForce1 (BBR’s new yacht and floating event space)

5 – 7pm · $100* (with purchase of Grand Tasting ticket)

An exclusive pre-Grand Tasting Sunset reception and harbor cruise aboard SeaForce1, the resort’s new yacht and floating event space, followed by early entry into the Grand Tasting (6:30-7:00pm). Available to all who purchase tickets to the Grand Tasting for an additional $100.

Grand Tasting

Grand Ballroom

7:00 – 10:30pm · $125*

The pinnacle of the weekend featuring 100 wines produced from over 50 top-flight California wineries, all acclaimed and award-winning, paired with an abundance of decadent food including fresh seafood, caviar, artisan cheese and meats, delightful desserts and much more specially created by Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom and her culinary team. A live jazz trio will perform throughout the evening. All wines poured during the evening will be available for purchase by the case at club pricing.

Sunday, May 29

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Sunday Brunch

Waterline Newport Beach patio & dining room

10am-2pm · $85*

Incredible and extravagant Sunday Champagne Brunch featuring Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. Along with top-flight champagne and a large variety of sparkling and white wine, enjoy a bloody mary bar to accompany the vast variety of fresh seafood, oyster bar, sashimi, sushi, omelet bar, carving stations and much more. Live jazz will be performed throughout the course of brunch.

All ticket prices do not include tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets, please visit BalboaBayResort.com or call 949.630.4146.

About Balboa Bay Resort

Balboa Bay Resort, the only waterfront resort in Newport Beach, offers stunning bay views and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. The resort features 159 newly renovated guestrooms and suites,

each with a private balcony and modern furnishings. Additional features include destination and waterfront dining at Waterline, the resort’s signature; A&O Kitchen+Bar, a waterfront gastropub and bar; Blend™, an Italian inspired coffee shop, as well as a full-service 10,000-square-foot spa; more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including a year-round heated swimming pool and whirlpool, water activities, and for guests to rent from the private dock: electric boats, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks. For information and reservations, please contact Balboa Bay Resort at 949.645.5000; or visit the website at www.balboabayresort.com.

About Meritage Collection

Meritage Collection is a life and style collection from Pacific Hospitality Group, which includes independent hotels, resorts, wineries, and golf courses. Meritage Collection offers exceptional travel and one-of-a-kind experiences in four of California’s most spectacular locations—La Jolla, Napa Valley, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Santa Barbara. Blending the best in leisure and group travel, Meritage Collection débuted in 2013 and includes The Meritage Resort and Spa, Bacara Resort & Spa, Balboa Bay Resort, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Koa Kea Hotel & Resort and Pasea Resort & Spa opening in June of 2016. For more information about Meritage Collection, please visit www.meritagecollection.com.

Press Contacts
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Meritage Collection
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Balboa Bay Resort
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