With a mild climate, exciting events, artistic culture and some of the most breathtakingly scenic beaches in the US, Laguna Beach is a mecca for anyone wishing to envelop themselves in some of the best wonders California has to offer. From aromatic food and lounging in the warm, soft sand to the many festivals and world-class boutique shopping, there is quite literally something here for everyone

If you enjoy fine food and wines, you are in luck! Laguna Beach, along with all of Orange County, offers some of the best wines and cuisine around. Of the many flavorful offerings in Laguna Beach, we can recommend two options that will provide both residents and dwellers with a happy palate and fond memories

Laguna Canyon Winery

Laguna Canyon Winery began as a dream on the prairies of Canada, where Marlowe Huber began an education in oenology and partnered with his brother Darren Huber to purchase an existing Vancouver area winery. The brothers later moved on to beautiful Orange County, California where they continue to produce award-winning handcrafted wines

Entering Laguna Canyon winery, you might find vintner Marlowe behind the counter at the wine wall,  a welcoming man in an equally welcoming space surrounded by dozens of oak barrels. Here you'll find bottles of the many varietals produced at the winery, including a list of all the favorite reds along with a handful of popular whites

Laguna Canyon Winery offers membership to a wine club where members get to choose their wines. Some of their wines are only available to club members, including Orange County Fair medal winner Los Carneros Pinot-Petite Red Blend, with licorice and French oak scents mingled with dark fruit and cherry flavors

While the wine club is an excellent gift idea for yourself or another, membership is not required to enjoy their award-winning wines. An 8-year-old Madera Tawny Port is an Orange County Fair Gold Medal winner, with authentic Portuguese grapes aged for eight years in American oak barrels resulting a wine with rich cognac and vanilla aromas

Laguna Canyon Winery hosts a 1st Friday of the Month Tasting Party, serving their award-winning handcrafted wines with food and live music. The monthly events run from 6-9 p.m. and includes 10 one ounce pours of your choice. Reservations are required

Laguna Culinary Arts Gourmet Cheese & Wine Shop & Cafe

Laguna Culinary Arts Gourmet Cheese & Wine Shop & Cafe is a combination of prestigious cooking school and gourmet cheese and wine shop. Located behind the grounds Laguna Beach's famed Sawdust Festival, the shop offers a selection of cured meats and cheeses, along with mouth-watering cheese laden dishes, that will leave even the most finicky foodie coming back again and again

Guests can also choose from a wide array of delicious foods from around the world, including olives, imported oils, vinegars, charcuterie, bread and more. It is the perfect one-stop-shop for all things food and wine, where one can choose from a wine list selected to complement the shop's cheeses. Visitors will enjoy dining on crostini and caviar in the cozy, welcoming space, and custom cheese platters which can be ordered to suit their tastes

The wine cellar at Laguna Culinary Arts Gourmet Cheese & Wine Shop & Cafe, which is actually a room next to the cafe and shop, stores vintages from many regions and at every price point. Their wine tastings, every Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m., are easily one of the best deals around. For a mere $5, guests can taste a combination of eight different domestic and international wines. Perhaps best of all, reservations are not required, making it an excellent choice for a last-minute activity