A wine tasting experience of epic proportions gives taste buds a run for their money at the superluxe Montage Laguna Beach hotel in California, with its intimate The Artistry of Wine tasting seminars. The exclusive weekly events, located in the Loft, one of the beachside resort’s restaurants, feature premium bottles from different regions (past series have spotlighted Southern Italy and the Rhône Valley). But that’s not all that the hotel’s accomplished sommeliers have up their sleeves. Montage also offers a secret wine tasting program, available only upon request. The seminar gives wine lovers a taste of the hotel’s most expensive bottle of wine, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s 2003 Romanée-Conti. Guests also sip pours from magnum-sized bottles of Louis Roederer’s 1989 Cristal Rosé, Joseph Drouhin’s 2006 Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet and Chateau Pétrus’s 1990 Pomerol. In addition, patrons also experience a private cooking demonstration and a five-course tasting menu at the Chef’s Table in the hotel’s Studio restaurant, incorporating ingredients from organic gardens on the premises. The wine extravaganza spares no expense from plate to glass, with a price tag of $48,000 for a group of eight.