- Publish Date: Jun 29, 2010
July Wine Events
The month's best festivals and gatherings across the U.S.
Having fun in July isn't limited to the long July 4 holiday weekend. This is about as good a 30-day stretch as one gets for wine tastings, festivals, and parties across the country.
No matter where you are this month, chances are there's ample opportunity to eat some good food, sip some great wine and just relax. Read on for some of the best wine events happening around America.
San Francisco Magazine's Best of the Bay Area Party, July 1
One of San Francisco's hottest annual events, this is a night to experience the Bay Area's top food, drinks, entertainment and more. Keep an eye out for the Sonoma Valley Grapes & Wine lounge, and save a few dollars by buying tickets in advance. Click here for more information.
Crush Barrel Wine Market, San Francisco, July 3
Like a farmers market but for wine, you can taste and buy from more than 20 different producers at this indoor event. Perks include an instant $10 rebate on any one bottle--and the fact that you're supposed to dress like you're going to a farmers market. Click here for more information.
Stems & Legs Tasting, Seattle, July 8
Located at Seattle's four-star Edgewater Hotel on Eliot Bay, this tasting will bring you several Washington State wines along with others from around the world. Enjoy the Downtown Sailing Series Yacht Race from the hotel deck, and remember how glad you are to be tasting rather than manning the decks. Click here for more information.
Park City Food and Wine Classic, July 8-11
All the snow might be gone, but conditions in Park City will be peak for the only reason most people ski: the drinking. Showcasing over 500 different wines and the Rockies' best cuisine, there will be no waiting for après ski happy hours. Click here for more information.
25th Annual Central Coast Wine Classic, San Luis Obispo, July 8-11
The only event this summer where you can eat a meal prepared by Emeril Lagasse, learn about stemware with Georg Riedel, and attend a dinner where only 100-point wines will be served (for only $750). Last year the classic raised over $200,000 for non-profit organizations. Eat and drink for a good cause. Click here for more information.
31st Annual Los Altos Arts and Wine Festival,
Los Altos, Calif., July 10-11
Featuring local winemakers, artists, and a variety of foods, this event is perfect for the family. There will be rides, games, and entertainment. Though you might want to leave the kids with the grandparents at the KidZone Stage while you enjoy the wine. Click here for more information.
7th Annual California Wine Festival, Santa Barbara, Calif., July 15-17
If you live anywhere in range of Santa Barbara, you'd be crazy to miss this weekend of wine, food and entertainment on the beach. Nearly 60 wineries will be on hand, but remember that wine tasting and swimming don't pair well. Click here for more information.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July 16-18
Stacked with over 90 New York State wineries and 80 other vendors, this event is your chance to give Northeast vineyards a go. The festival includes tastings, cooking classes, a toga night, and even the chance to ride in a pace car. Tip: NASCAR experience first, tasting second. Click here for more information.
Hudson Wine Festival, Hudson, Ohio,
A charity event for the Greater Human Society of Akron, Ohio, this festival features local, national, and international wines. This is a great way to help animals and help yourself to some great vino. Click here for more information.
Jewels and J, Healdsburg, Calif., July 24
Like booze and bling? Join J Vineyards and award-winning jewelry designer Dilek Sezen for an afternoon of exquisite wines paired with precious gemstones. Click here for more information.
Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, Syracuse, New York, July 29-31
If you like late night club dates and jam sessions, Syracuse, NY's jazz and wine scene will be on steroids this weekend. Look forward to an international selection of wines from Palm Bay International and three stages with live music. Click here for more information.
Columbus Wine Festival, July 30-31
Showcasing over 150 different wines along with signature dishes from the area's top restaurants, Midwesterners should definitely consider this event. Even Wolverines fans are welcome. Click here for more information.
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