About Us

The Orange County Wine Society, a non-profit organization that promotes the knowledge and appreciation of wines, is dedicated to raising funds for college scholarships for institutions throughout California. The volunteers of the organization, while enjoying social events, wine tastings and trips throughout the year, is best known for coordinating the OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition and running the wine courtyard at the fair each year. Within the OCWS lies an active home winemaking group which, along with their passion for making fine wines, runs the Homewine Competition which is also highlighted annually at the OC Fair.

The varied interests and social opportunities offered through the OCWS has something for everyone, from people just beginning to find enjoyment with wine in their lives and wanting to learn more to the well versed fine wine lover looking to share their passion with others of like mind.

Current News

Golden Opportunities

The OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition has long been a cornerstone of the Orange County Wine Society. What started out as a humble endeavor to feature California’s burgeoning wine industry […]

President’s Message

The Ultimate Commitment to Judging The title of wine judge conjures up an image of a triumphant taster proudly awarding a gold medal and brandishing a winning bottle. However, this […]

The Courtyard at the OC Fair Set-up, Tear-Down Team of Volunteers Needed

One of the BEST locations at the OC Fair is The Courtyard, an attractive and safe place to be while appreciating award-winning wines and supporting the largest source of OCWS […]

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Mini-Tastings – The Results Are In

The May Pinot Mini-Tasting was held at seven sites (members’ homes) across the county, with over 100 people enjoying 10 wines paired with dishes prepared by the attendees. The wines […]

Chef of the Evening

Wendy Taylor took home accolades for her Cassoulet dish at March’s Rhone Mini-Tasting. It was Wendy’s first time making this recipe “I also never had used Duck Confit before,” says […]

Wine Auction Enjoys Successful Turnout

It has been my privilege to chair the OCWS Wine Auction for the third year in a row.  Many hours of preparation went into our second largest fundraiser of the […]

Courtyard Transformed Into Tropical Paradise

Twice a year, the OCWS holds events for the membership of the Orange County Wine Society. This year, the spring event was held April 30 at The Courtyard on the […]

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