Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wine Adventures with the 2 Dollar Wine Connoisseurs: An OC Wine Adventure

We had a little Wine Adventure the other weekend in Orange County visiting 2 places we hadn't been to yet

We started our adventure at The OC Mix

The OC Mix is a cool little unique shopping center.  It was like an in-door swap meet for cool people, with artsy stores like a tiny little vinyl record store, a bourbon shop and clothing and design stores.  I saw this little beauty in the record store - but it was really pricey.
We wandered through the shops and then settled in for lunch at a place called We Olive and Wine Bar -which had olive and wine tastings.   The olive oil was great -from a really good aged balsamic vinegar, to an amazing pineapple flavored olive oil, as well as a good lemon cake one.   We had a cheese plate with amazing cheeses from the shop across the way (which is connected to the Cellar in San Clemente).   You aren't going to find a better combo than We Olive  and Wine Bar and The Cellar Cheese Shop at the OC Mix.
 There is also  wine tasting across the way in a large culinary store that is obviously designed for Master Chefs- we didn't stop for wine there- but checked out the store --which also has a little cafe.   We already had our sites on our next stop which was in the same area called The Camp

The Camp is a quirky little shopping area setup like campground.  A total Hipster spot that had some cool stuff like a Pirate Bakery -that had some really good breads.   There was also a Vegan Eatery an Italian restaurants and an REI style camping store.   We of course came for the cool little wine bar called The Wine Lab.

lWe shared a good bottle of wine called Gold Crush Chardonnay and had more delicious cheeses with honey pairing and a flatbread pizza.
The Wine Lab had a cool vibe and atmosphere and was playing Ferris Bueller's Day Off on a loop in the background.  We look forward to visiting both of these wine bars again.   Check them out and let us know what you think.                    
Here are links to the OC Mix , We Olive and Wine Bar, The Camp and The Wine Lab

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