On the Line: Mark and Angela Dunton of District Wine, Part Two

Categories: On the Line, Wine

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A couple who drinks together . . .

Read our interview with Mark and Angela of District Wine, part one.
And now, on to part two . . .

What prompted the idea to open the business?
Angela Dunton
: Both of our parents are independent business owners, and Mark and I always wanted to work for ourselves. We both had a passion for wine, craft beer and people. When we me, we started talking and brainstorming, and that was the seed for District Wine. We lived in the neighborhood, and years before we had a solid idea of the business. We were sitting across the street from 144 Linden in the coffee shop, saw the "For Lease" sign, and thought, "That would be a perfect spot for something."


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On the Line: Mark and Angela Dunton of District Wine, Part One

Categories: On the Line, Wine

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Photo by William Vo
Mark and Angela know what's up.

Learning to appreciate wine is like learning to appreciate anything else. It takes time and an openness to trying new things. I learned that with wine, it's not about what it pairs well with as much as it's about what you like (although the adage about red wine with red meat is spot on). Drink what makes you happy, and ask for advice when needed.

I attended a birthday celebration at District Wine a couple of years ago. Between the generous wine list and small plates, it was only a matter of time before I found the opportunity to interview Mark and Angela Dunton about their business.

Let's discuss your choice to feature small production, boutique wines.
Mark Dunton
: There are several reasons why we chose to feature small production boutique wines. First and foremost is that we are a small, family-owned business, and we want to honor and support other small, family-owned operations. Also, a wine bar and tasting room is the perfect platform to feature small name, obscure wines. In our opinion, that is why you go to a wine bar-- to try something that you have never heard of, and hopefully to find a gem that you never thought of trying.

One food you can't live without:
Angela Dunton
: Our pea tapenade and our warm roasted bar nuts. I eat it almost every day at work.

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Surf & Sand Resort Hosting Beer & Wine Events This Weekend

Categories: Hops to It!, Wine

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Chef David Fune will be on deck pairing drinks with a selection of dishes

Enjoying a pint of IPA or glass of Cabernet doesn't have to mean visiting your local gastropub or wine bar. One Laguna Beach property invites you to "Celebrate Good Taste Weekend" by participating in a duo of events geared towards the drinker in all of us.

Held at Surf & Sand Resort over two days, visiting hopheads and winos will fancy either event. Prices vary, so read ahead before you decide.

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Fried Chicken and Champagne Tasting TONIGHT at Hi-Time!

Categories: Wine

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Photo by Edwin Goei

I was researching wine for a present when my friend at Hi-Time casually mentioned a tasting tonight. It was a 10-second delayed reaction before I realized what she said. Champagne and fried chicken? WTF?! And where do I sign up?

Hungry patrons can stop by between 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. for a six bottle tasting of the good stuff, plus some wing/breast action. And the restaurant providing the chicken just happens to be on one of Edwin's Top 10 lists. Drum roll, please.

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OC Wine Mart Expanding To Yorba Linda

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That's what we call dinner.

Julie Lim classed up an unassuming strip mall by SNA a few years ago, converting a liquor store into a wine mart and tasting bar. Equipped with dispensers that run on re-loadable cards, patrons can sample pours from a variety of bottles. But it wasn't only the wine that brought people in. Julie sells craft beer by the bottle, cheese plates and macarons. She also invites popular luxe loncheras, holding special events on a regular basis. It's her constant marketing and approachable storefront that earn her fans.

Naturally we got excited when she announced a second location was in the works. A total makeover and remodel project begins this month. Her goal for this fall is to serve locals in north OC, including Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, even the 909.

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Rossana Sparkling Wine From Horsehill Vineyards, Our Drink Of The Week!

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We may not discuss it, but wine was our first love. Chardonnay may be a California staple, but our tastes walked on the red side-- Cabernet, Zinfandel and even Pinot Noir made a meal more special. It may be a golden time for beer and spirits, but the allure of an uncorked bottle was always more sophisticated.

As the seasons grow warmer, our need for lighter tastes reminded us of a bottle of rosĂ©. In limited production, our particular Horsehill Vineyards varietal was a partnership between Cal Poly Pomona's Collins College of Hospitality Management and College of Agriculture, and South Coast Winery in Temecula. To appease thirsty oenophiles, they recently released a kissing cousin: Rossana sparkling wine. More »

The Lost Bean Wine Bar Now Open In Tustin

Categories: Now Open, Wine
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Anne Marie Panoringan

Back in July, Edwin reported news of a local coffeehouse expanding. We assumed it would be more seating for the cozy Lost Bean. We even experienced some of the demolition first hand, as dishware crashed from a shelf while they pounded on walls. However, they had something else in mind (not that we're complaining).

The good news is that expansion is complete. If you were looking for more caffeine, you're out of luck. Instead, revel in the pleasant surprise we encountered last week. Owner Bodie Rasmussen opened a wine bar.
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OC Wine Mart Celebrates Third Anniversary Tonight With (What Else) A Tasting!

Categories: Bargains, Wine
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One of our favorites!

Who wants to deal with rainy, Friday traffic after work? Not us. Forgo the Orange Crush an extra hour(ish) for a Friday social. 10 tastings for $10 is far from shabby, people.

Julie Lim's storefront by SNA survived and thrived after three years of crappy economy, and that's reason enough to celebrate. Macarons, cheesy 'n meaty platters, and luxe loncheras are always an option when she's planning.


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Charlie Palmer Cellar Sale This Saturday

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Bev Mo and Total Wine have nothing on Charlie Palmer this weekend. Serving artisan cheese and offering pours of roughly 40 different bottles on sale in a relaxed (read: at no cost) environment is the perfect way to unwind after an afternoon of South Coast Plaza therapy--and even better if you're actually looking to add to your collection.

In fact, this soiree occurs every two months, but we only caught wind of this last week over lunch. If 25% off the retail pricing at Next Vintage Wine Shop has got your attention, keep reading.

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Two OC Starbucks to Sell Beer and Wine

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Liquor license notice posted at one Rancho Santa Margarita Starbucks


Earlier this year, Starbucks reported plans to test-market beer and wine sales in a few, select markets across the country, naming Southern California as one such region. We learned the chain has chosen two Orange County locations at which the baristi won't have to change job titles, since the word in Italian also means "bartender." More »

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