The only fools this April will be those who don’t find time to get out and sip some wine. Here at Bottlenotes, we are very excited to bring our Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting to Nashville, TN (Music City, USA) for the first time as well as back to Miami, FL for the 3rd year in a row. If you are near Nashville or Miami, you’d be a fool to miss them! Here are some more “fool-proof” wine events:
Pinot in the City, Washington D.C, April 2
More than 50 Willamette Valley wineries are on the road from Oregon to Washington, DC. Come taste pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, and more from pinot pioneers, up-and-coming hipster producers, and everything in between. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres from Occasions Catering.
Sonoma in the City, New York, New York, April 2
CA in NY! This grand tasting will provide insight into a hand-selected collection of Sonoma County's leading edge producers, featuring over 200 wines from 16 distinctive regions. Taste the diversity of terroir and winemaking styles paired with an array of appetizers, artisan cheeses and charcuterie.
Taste of Vail, Vail, Colorado, April 2-5
Enjoy a Mountaintop Picnic (at 10,350 feet above sea level), the 2013 Rosé Wine Debut Tasting, Wine Dinners, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off (featuring: “Wines Beyond Chardonnay, Cabernet & Merlot”), seminars (including the “Evolution of Napa Wines”) at 24th Annual Taste of Vail. The event culminates in a Grand Tasting and Auction.
Live in the Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, April 4-7
Events include concerts from O.A.R., Passenger, Sarah McLachlan, Colbie Caillat, Fitz and The Tantrums, The Alternate Routes, and others as well as a Grand Tasting featuring over 25 Napa Valley wineries pouring a wide selection of varietals and vintages. The only way to attend is to enter and win tickets.
Rhone Rangers San Francisco Bay Area Tasting, Richmond, California, April 6
Join the 17th Annual celebration of American winemakers producing wines from the 22 grape varieties approved for use in Cotes du Rhône. Taste over 400 Rhone wines from more than 100 wineries and attend seminars on grenache and “The Rise of the Rhone Garagiste.”
Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux Wine Tasting, New York, New York, April 9
Taste Bordeaux wines from nearly 40 châteaux from both the Left and Right Banks, including the regions of Saint-Émilion, Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Graves, and Sauternes. Sample the 2011 and 2010 vintages and enjoy cheese tasting and sweet and savory offerings from Canelé by Céline.
West of West Wine Festival, Chicago, April 9
The West Sonoma Coast Vintners host West of West (WOW) Chicago which offers the opportunity to taste pinot noirs and chardonnays, as well as other varietals from the leading winemakers and proprietors of the West Sonoma Coast. Many of these wines are extremely small production and very hard to find.
UNLVino, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 9-12
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of UNLVino with a series of food and wine-centric events, including Sip & Savor at Spago honoring Chef Wolfgang Puck, Bubble-Licious at The Venetian, BAR-b-q at Caesars Palace, and the Founders’ Grand Tasting.
Around the World in 80 Sips, Nashville, Tennessee, April 11
Join Team Bottlenotes at the Bridge Building for 80+ unlimited 1 oz. tastes of wine. Discover new wines from a wide range of countries and regions including Argentina, California, Chile, France, New Zealand, Portugal, and more along with light hors d’oeuvres.
Great Grapes! Wine & Food Festival, Cary, North Carolina, April 12
Sip and savor 220 wines from 20 North Carolina wineries and celebrate the rich heritage of North Carolina vines with live music, food and crafts. Exhibits include a Salt & Spice Pavilion, a Wine Aroma Pavilion, an Olive Oil Pavilion, and a VIP Pavilion.
SF Vintners Market, San Francisco, California, April 12-13
Experience a Farmer’s Market for wine, where you can “try it, then buy it” from over 100 wineries. Most wineries will be selling bottles of the wines you are tasting on the spot. The event features a Main Room, a Reserve Room with wines priced at $50 a bottle and up, and a Cult Lounge with wines priced at $100 a bottle and up.
Pinot Paradise Grand Cruz Tasting, Saratoga, California, April 13
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Pinot Paradise and taste pinot noirs from over 40 winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with food from local gourmet restaurants.
Mt. Veeder Spring Wine Tasting, San Francisco, California, April 16
Taste and purchase on site the rare wines from 22 Mt. Veeder wineries. This is one of the very few times you can taste Mt. Veeder wines in one place, many of which are very difficult to find. Enjoy food pairings with assorted artisan cheeses, charcuterie, seasonal fruit, nuts, olives and Bouchon breads.
Wine Road on the Road, Seattle, Washington, April 17
This grand tasting experience will provide the opportunity to sample over 70 wines from 26 premier wineries along the Wine Road in Sonoma County, California. Meet winemakers, winery owners and managers and enjoy tasty bites along with the cool jazz sounds of the Emmanuel del Casa trio.
Appellation St. Helena bASH 2014, St. Helena, California, April 19
Taste wines from over 30 ASH (Appellation St. Helena) wineries paired with savory bites prepared by”Rising Star” students selected by the teaching staff of the Culinary Institute of America, as well as by selected St. Helena restaurants and caterers.
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend, Charlotte, North Carolina, April 22-26
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend has 19 restaurant partners for their 25th Anniversary Weekend April 22 – 26, 2014. Restaurants will host “Charlotte’s Largest Dinner Party” simultaneously at locations across the city on Thursday, April 24 beginning at 7:00pm. Their top chefs will be paired with celebrated vintners from around the globe to design an exclusive menu for the wines served.
3rd Annual Around the World in 80 Sips, Miami, Florida, April 25
Join Team Bottlenotes for 80+ unlimited tastes of wine from a wide range of countries and regions including Argentina, California, Chile, France, New Zealand, Portugal, and more, along with light hors d’oeuvres. This year includes a new very limited special educational seminar with Chateau Montelena (The winery from the film “Bottle Shock”).
Stags Leap District “Vineyard to Vintner,” Napa, California, April 25-27
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, the Stags Leap District is offering dinners at the district’s wineries, including special Library Wines, “Back Stage Passes,” Winery Open Houses (many at wineries that are not open to the public), a “Looking Back, Leaping Forward” panel discussion and tasting, and finally, a brunch prepared by Michelin-starred Meadowood Resort.
7th Annual Chicago Pinot Days, Chicago, Illinois, April 26
Pinot Days’ Grand Tasting showcases 65 producers of pinot noir including many small boutique wineries. Sample over 100 pinots from major pinot noir regions, including the Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Oregon, Carneros, the Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, and the Sta. Rita Hills.
Passport to Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg, California, April 26-27
Passport holders are welcomed into 50+ wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley, each offering a unique theme pairing premium wine, and gourmet food with entertainment. Sample exclusive vintages and meet winemakers and grape growers.
TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting, San Francisco, California, April 27
Join the Tempranillo Advocates Producers & Amigos Society for their 7th Annual Grand Tasting of American-grown tempranillos, albariños, and much more. The event features many limited-production, family-owned wineries pouring small-lot wines that are not widely distributed. The wines will be available for purchase.
Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley, Sebastopol, California, April 27
Enjoy an outdoor, “eat, drink and be green” festival with wines from nine Green Valley wineries, a locavore’s feast by Bravo Top Chef Master Douglas Keane, live music, and a short talk by the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor.
Wine Spectator's 2014 Grand Tour, New York, New York, April 29
Experience more than 200 wines that are Wine Spectator top-scoring selections, from some of the best known wineries from around the world. Meet and mingle with many winery owners and winemakers and taste wines that are hard to find while enjoying a light buffet to complement your evening.