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.Mission Viejo, California Wine Tasting

Specialty Wine & Cheese Boutique is Toast of The Town Hosting Exclusive Friday Night Wine Tasting Events

 French-Canadian owners Louise Côté, Marc Raymond and Ginette Bourdage


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Mission Viejo, California - LA MAISON GOURMET hosts Wine Tasting Events. Intimate, Upscale Gatherings Feature Gorgeous Lakeside Views; Delicious, Sought-After Wines, Cheeses and Pâtés and Noted Connoisseurs Sharing Their Expertise for Patrons’ Education and Enjoyment.  Flavorful, world-class wines. Savory pâtés and mousses. Delectable chocolate fondue with fruit -- not to mention stunning views from a private terrace overlooking the crystalline calm of Lake Mission Viejo. These are just a few of the reasons why La Maison Gourmet’s weekly wine tasting events are swiftly making this new specialty wine and cheese shop the toast of the town. Indeed, the recommended advance booking period -- rapidly expanding from a few days to a week to now 10-14 days -- suggests that more and more Orange County locals and visitors are clamoring to get a taste of this unique cultural and entertainment experience. 


Presented by French-Canadian owners Louise Côté, Marc Raymond and Ginette Bourdage, each tasting event celebrates the fruit of the vine from a specific region of the world, i.e., it may be California boutique wines, the next Italian, French or Australian, etc. Accommodating up to 30 people on the store’s picturesque patio, seated guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful scenery while having access to the expertise of a visiting wine connoisseur, personally invited to La Maison due to his or her cultivated knowledge of the featured regions’ vintages. Throughout the evening, the expert encourages patrons to sample 8 to 10 different wines, and rate them according to their own preferences. At the same time, a tempting array of cheeses, pâtés and mousses -- carefully hand-selected by the owners to complement each wine -- is presented to enhance the tasting experience. A refreshing chocolate fondue with fruit crowns the evening.


Bringing with them a passion for European-style food and culture, Côte, Raymond and Bourdage opened La Maison Gourmet in the spring of 2003 when they could not find the particular wines and other cheeses in the Mission Viejo area that they had come to love in their native French Québec. Besides its weekly wine tasting events, the shop showcases a selection of premium wines, imported cheeses, specialty cold cuts, fine Belgian chocolates and other food products from around the world. While many of these items are hard to find, all competitively priced.


In addition, La Maison Gourmet offers a 24-hour special order wine service, deli services, lunchtime sandwiches, catered cheese, pâté and cold cut platters and customized gift baskets. They also welcome small special event bookings (16 –30 people) for their lakeside patio venue – available for private parties, corporate and organizational gatherings. Plans call for a wine club to be instituted in the near future, with details to be announced.


La Maison Gourmet is located at 27772 Vista del Lago, Suite B15, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 in the new Plaza Vista del Lago complex. For reservations for the Friday Night Wine Tasting Event, call 949.916.4810. Website URL is The price of the Friday Night Wine Tasting event is $30 per person; a 10-14 day advance reservation is recommended, space is limited.