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Rancho Capistrano Winery Getting Some Positive Attention

Congratulations to our friends at Rancho Capistrano Winery. Winelines Online, a wine industry web site, has published a very complimentary article about the San Juan Capistrano winery. An excerpt from the article:

A winery in the O.C.?

Well, it turns out there are at least 10 wineries in Orange County, and they’ve pooled their marketing [...]

OC Weekly Honors Two South County Coffee Roasters Among OC’s Best

Don Juan Ortega is a bit of a coffee nerd and has tried nearly every coffee house in Orange County at some point. The OC Weekly published its list of the top 5 coffee roasters in Orange County and Don Juan extends a hearty caffeine-infused congratulations to one his favorites — Hidden House Coffee Roasters [...]

Union Market Bringing Food Hall Concept to South County

The OC Register has published an article focusing on “food halls” — high end food courts with small and boutique food vendors using shared facilities and communal eating spaces. A recent and successful example is the OC Mix in Costa Mesa. The proprietors behind the OC Mix are also responsible for Union Market, a similar [...]

Capo Dispatch on Rancho Capistrano Winery Grand Opening

The Capistrano Dispatch “Business Beat” had a nice write-up about Rancho Capistrano Winery’s grand opening event. The article is here (scroll down).

Rancho Capistrano Winery Grand Opening Tickets

Yesterday, we mentioned the grand opening of Rancho Capistrano Winery. If you are interested in attending the grand opening party, tickets are available. From the Winery:

We are pleased to announce Rancho Capistrano Winery’s long awaited grand opening party on Saturday, April 26th, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

Each guest will enjoy: – A Rancho [...]

San Juan Wine and Beer Establishments Move Closer to Reality

Don Juan Ortega doesn’t always drink wine or beer, but…oh who are we kidding? Yes he does, although he vehemently denies that he is persona non grata at Swallows Inn. It is no wonder, then, that Don Juan is in such a good mood today. He has received word that not one but two highly [...]

Taste of San Juan Tonight!

Save the Date: Taste of San Juan Returns on February 20

The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association’s 2014 Taste of San Juan returns to El Adobe Restaurant this year on Thursday, February 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Details are included in the press release below:

Taste of San Juan Returns to Historic El Adobe Restaurant

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – The San Juan Capistrano [...]

OC Weekly Q&A With Harlow’s, Part Two

Here’s part two of the OC Weekly blog post about Harlow’s: Part 2.

Q&A With Harlow’s Chef at OC Weekly

Chef Aaron Anderson of Harlow’s Fine Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails takes questions at the OC Weekly blog. Article here.