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Wine events with or without a Valentine
We’re back with events for lovers, lovers of wine, and anyone who wants to have a good time. February may be the shortest month but can pack a lot of sipping in 28 days.
Here at Bottlenotes we absolutely LOVE that we are bringing Around the World in 80 Sips back to San Francisco for the 7th year in a row (Has it really been going on for that long?). If you are anywhere near San Francisco, you will be heartbroken if you miss it.
Read on for the complete list of February wine events.
Slow Wine US Tour, New York, New York, Feb. 2
Enjoy a great opportunity to taste through the wine regions of Italy and try over 100 wines from the producers who are featured in the Slow Wine Guide. You’ll have a chance to speak with winemakers and learn more about the importance of sustainability and the commitment necessary to carry it out. Attendees receive a complimentary copy of the new Slow Wine Guide – 4th Edition. Click here for more information.
International Alsace Varietals Festival, Anderson Valley, California, Feb. 7
Producers and fans of Alsatian wines such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Muscat, from all over the world, converge on the Anderson Valley.
Events include: an educational seminars (such as a Single Vineyard Pinot Blanc tasting); a grand tasting where you’ll have a chance to speak with winemakers about their wines; and a formal sit-down dinner with the winemakers at Scharffenberger Cellars. Click here for more information.
NYC Winter Wine Festival, New York, New York, Feb. 7
Enjoy 3 hours of tasting over 250 wines from around the world, a selection of hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, pasta, cheese, and breads, and live Contemporary Jazz from Special EFX. There will be two separate sessions, one in the afternoon, one in the evening. A VIP Suite with special wines such as Dom Perignon and Tignanello is available at both sessions. Click here for more information.
Splendor in the Glass, Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 7
Enjoy the wines and beers from 60 wineries and breweries, a live wine auction, a silent auction and the sounds of the Woody Woods jazz ensemble at this annual tasting. Renowned Chef Hubert Keller will be presenting a cooking demonstration with some of his favorite dishes. Proceeds from the event benefit Vegas PBS, the public television station for Southern Nevada. Click here for more information.
Lyric Opera Wine Auction 2015, Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 7
Only held once every 3 years (the last one was in 2012), and known as one of the top wine charity auctions in the US, this formal affair features a champagne reception, extensive silent auction, elegant dinner and live auction. All proceeds benefit the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Click here for more information.
Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend, Lodi, California, Feb. 7-8
Taste wines at more than 50 Lodi wineries along with sweet & savory chocolate treats. Activities include: chocolate sampling, live music, barrel tastings, cellar tours and a “Golden Ticket” contest with a chance to win a Lodi Wine Country Getaway or one of over 100 additional prizes. Click here for more information.
Walla Walla Wine @ McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington, Feb. 9
Under one roof, you can sample a selection of wines from more than 50 Walla Walla Valley wineries. Mingle with principals and winemakers who will pour for you and answer your questions, while sharing their insights on the vintage and their current releases. Click here for more information.
Find the French 2015, San Francisco, California, Feb. 12
A special evening of wine blind tasting at the Private Residence of the Consul General of France during which guest will have to determine which one of the wines they taste is the French Wine. There will be a silent auction and a prize for the person who wins the contest. Event proceeds benefit French American Cultural and educational programs. Click here for more information.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, San Francisco, California, Feb. 14
A Valentine’s Day dream for any wine lover, the tasting is the first chance to taste hundreds of award winning wines from what is billed as “the largest competition of American wines in the world”. Enjoy medal-winning wines and food samples from Whole Foods and gourmet treats from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Savor California. Click here for more information.
New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival, Fairport, New York, Feb. 14
Come celebrate and experience New York State’s award-winning Ice Wines in the season that makes them possible – winter! Ice Wines produced in NY State with NY State grown grapes, in the traditional method will be at the festival, along with culinary delicacies paired or infused with Ice Wine. The Festival offers you the rare opportunity to sample and purchase these exquisite wines from all of New York’s wine regions in one location. Click here for more information.
Boston Wine Expo, Boston, Massachusetts, Feb. 14-15
Taste wines from over 300 wine producers from around the world while some of Boston’s best chefs are cooking on two celebrity chef stages. A separate Vintner's Reserve Lounge is also offered with wines that retail for $75 and live entertainment.
Seminar topics include: “The Wines of Uruguay”, “The Secret Life of Pinot Noir”, “Opus One Winemaker Michael Silacci: Beyond the Icon”. Click here for more information.
Virginia Wine Expo, Richmond, Virginia, Feb. 17-22
Taste and buy more than 425+ bottles of wine from 55+ Virginia wineries and taste 100+ bottles of wine from the 2015 Guest Region, South Africa at the Grand Tasting.
Events at this celebration of Virginia wine also include: “Chef Mamusu’s African Dinner”, “The Monticello Wine Trail Dinner at Pomegranate” and “Burger Blast”. Click here for more information.
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, Newport, Oregon, Feb. 19-22
Since 1978, the festival has event showcased Oregon seafood and Oregon wineries and now includes craftsman and artisans, with jewelry, arts and crafts and photography. Sample wines from 85 wineries and food from over 35 vendors. The festival also features both Commercial and Amateur wine completions. Click here for more information.
Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami, Florida, Feb. 19-22
Presented by Food & Wine magazine, The Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, an event which combines the talents of top wine and spirit producers with Food Network stars. The festival has over 50 events spread over four days including: “Tuscan Trio Dinner”, “Culinary Odyssey: An Israeli Dinner” and “Chicken Coupe”. Click here for more information.
Paso BlendFest on the Coast, San Simeon, California, Feb. 21
Experience an event dedicated to wine blends. 25+ wineries from Paso Robles Wine Country are each showcasing three distinct blends which guests can sample while taking in coastal views. They will be two separate tastings: an “Afternoon Tasting: and a “Sunset Tasting”. The Sunset Tasting will also feature passed appetizers and live music. Click here for more information.
In Pursuit of Balance, New York, New York, Feb. 23
Taste wines from over 30 wineries who share a commitment to seeking balance in California pinot noir and chardonnay. Most are small, independent, family-run operations. This year’s tasting includes seminars and talks on topics such as “Acidity, Alcohol and Aging”. Click here for more information.
La Paulée, New York, New York, Feb. 24-28
The annual celebration of Burgundy organized by Daniel Johnnes, returns to New York. Events include a Gala Dinner, Rare Wine Dinner, Verticals Tasting, Grand Tasting, and seminars such as “Off Grid: A Tasting of Burgundy's Hidden Gems”.
A tradition of the Gala dinner is that guests bring Burgundy wines from their own collection to share. Click here for more information.
6th Annual Around the World in 80 Sips™, San Francisco, California, Feb. 27
Join Team Bottlenotes for 80+ unlimited tastes of wine from a wide range of countries and regions including California, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and more. along with light hors d’oeuvres, chocolate pairings and a live DJ. This year the event includes a special educational seminar with Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena (The winery from the movie “Bottle Shock”). Click here for more information.