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M.J. Hong's The Wine Artist in Lake Forest, CA

Boutique wineries are not normally found in an industrial park and neither are cooking classes. M.J. Hong took those elements, gently stirred and created The Wine Artist in Orange County’s Lake Forest. As it is located in an unassuming industrial building, you need to remember what your momma always told you, “Never judge a book by its cover.”

The Wine Artist is very spacious and accommodating

A warm Tuscan and bistro atmosphere welcome you. Divided into two areas, with the bar and bistro comprise in the front and the wine making and cooking class in the back, the place can comfortably host 100 visitors — making it perfect for business and private events, such as corporate team-building events and bridal parties. You don’t believe making cuisine can be a team building event? Then you haven’t met M.J. Hong.

M.J. Hong

M.J. is the owner and class instructor. She had our IFWTWA media group making dishes from the Taste of Thailand class. Let us just say that recipes involving anything of an Asian origin have never really been my forte. Actually, they’ve never been my anything. Not because I don’t like Asian food, because I could eat it all day, but because I’ve been way too wrapped-around-the-axle on its complexity. Thanks to M.J. I am proud to say that I can make a pretty mean spring roll now, along with Pad Thai, Chicken Curry and Mango Sticky Rice.

M.J. teaching one of her many customized cooking classes

We were divided into teams and instructed to accomplish a portion of the menu. Now remember… I knew nothing about Asian cooking. M.J. not only helped us with the ingredients, she also explained them. She’s got a Julia Child mind with a Rachael Ray style. Truly admirable.

M.J. showing Linda Kissam how to seal her wine bottle with a capsule

We also got on the bottling line to fill, cork and foil our own bottles of wine. She even printed out custom labels for our visit, which is something she could do for your event, too.

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The Wine Artist
21064 Bake Parkway, Ste #100
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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  1. Nice article Roger and like all the photos. ~Maralyn

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