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OC Wine Mart & Tasting Bar 2272 Michelson Dr. Irvine, CA 92612 949-250-0033 Entrepreneur Julie Lim took an aging liquor store in Southern California and completely transformed it into OC Wine Mart & Tasting Bar, Orange County’s first enomatic wine bar. Patrons buy a card at the counter, choose the wines they wish to taste, […]

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The OC Wine Mart & Tasting Bar began as a vision to turn generic liquor stores into upscale wine and craft beer specialty stores – a place where customers could enjoy high-quality, self-service wine tastings by the ounce, weekly tasting events, Boar’s Head Deli, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, craft beer on tap, and artisan cheeses. […]

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Not in a million year would I have ever imagined walking into a wine store. Why? Because I don’t drink at all. But OC Wine Mart & Wine Tasting Bar is different from all the other wine stores or wine tasting bars. Julie, the owner, regularly hosts events to introduce new wines, beer, or other […]

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Irvine’s OC Wine Mart has been open only since December, but it’s bullish about the local market. How bullish, you ask? Optimistic enough to spend $50,000 on two new enomatic wine bars — Italian-made contraptions that keep wine in an oxygen-free environment after it’s opened and automatically measure out one-ounce pours to those who want […]

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Nestled in a strip mall in middle of the business district of Irvine, is one of Orange County’s best kept secrets and a rarity in the wine tasting industry, the OC Wine Mart. I work in the area, just off Michelson and Jamboree, and never noticed this venue. From the outside it looks like any […]