Don’t let the absence of vines fool you! This Newport Beach winery is making waves in the local wine world.
Orange Coast Winery is an “urban micro-winery” in a light industrial section of Newport Beach. It’s a winery– they crush Northern California grapes, age it in oak and bottle it– and not a wine bar. But there is a tasting room, where you can sample its sparkling wine, whites and signature big reds ( Fri.-Sun., noon-5 pm). The founder was Gus DeFalco, a Newport Beach resident and lifelong winemaker who loves “to start businesses but would rather someone else run them.” His partners, Doug and Debbie Wiens of Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula, eventually bought the winery, but DeFalco still pops in to sample Doug’s releases. 869 W. 16th St., Newport Beach, 949.645.0400. orangecoastwinery.com