Fight the heat and end-of-summer blahs with...what else? Wine! There are dozens of wine events taking place around the country this August, so we’ve highlighted a few of the best below. Team Bottlenotes will be back in Los Angeles on August 15 for the 4th annual Around the World in 80 Sips®--join us for another fantastic evening!
West of West Wine Festival, Sebastopol, California, August 1-3
The fourth annual West of West Wine Festival, put on by the West Sonoma Coast Vint-ners, features exclusive wine tastings, seminars and dinners, culminating in the Grand Tasting featuring a stunning selection of artisan wineries showcasing the diversity of west Sonoma Coast wines.
World Cheese & Wine Classes at HALL Wines, St. Helena, California, August 5
Can you tell a bloomy-rind from a washed-rind? A triple crème from a tomme? Cheese authority and author Janet Fletcher will guide you through tasting world-class examples of seven different cheese styles to help you hone your tasting skills, master some cheese lingo and be a smarter cheese shopper. The class is begun with a casual tast-ing of HALL Wines.
Dog Bar at Bardessono, Yountville, California, August 5
Mr. Moo, a pig who thinks he’s a dog, will act as special guest host during Dog Bar, Bardessono’s monthly gathering for people and pets, on Tuesday, August 5 from 5 - 7 p.m. Rescued by Jameson Rescue Ranch, a Napa Valley organization committed to providing compassionate, no kill rescue and sanctuary for homeless and rescued companion and farm animals, Mr. Moo will mix and mingle with guests and their four-legged companions, while raising awareness for this worthwhile cause. Dog Bar takes place on the patio at Bardessono in Yountville every first Tuesday of the month from May through October. The $25 cover includes a glass of CUVAISON or CORNERSTONE wine, light snacks from Lucy Restaurant for guests and delicious treats for pets. Proceeds help to support Napa Humane.
Steamboat Wine Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, August 6-10
Increase your knowledge and enjoyment of wine, beer and food at the 11th annual Steamboat Wine Festival. Enjoy tastings and seminars around town, in addition to ex-ploring all that Steamboat Springs has to offer, from biking to golfing to yoga.
Kitsap Wine Festival, Seattle, Washington, August 9
Taste a variety of wines and then purchase your favorites to take home at the Kitsap Wine Festival on Bremerton’s scenic waterfront. Local food vendors will be there too, offering tasting pairings to the wines. Proceeds benefit the Harrison Medical Center Foundation.
America’s Grape Country Wine Festival, Dunkirk, New York, August 9-10
Explore the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, where you’ll find wine tastings, food and wine pairing seminars, live music, local craft vendors, a classic car show, and more.
4th Annual Around the World in 80 Sips®, Los Angeles, California, August 15
Join Team Bottlenotes at the 4th annual Around the World in 80 Sips® event in Los An-geles. Enjoy unlimited wine tastings from a wide range of countries and regions includ-ing Argentina, California, Washington, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and South Africa. Discover new favorites and ask the experts questions to boost your knowledge while noshing on light hors d’oeuvres and cheese pairings.
Simply Summer Celebration--A New Zinfandel Tradition, Dry Creek Valley, California, August 16
Gather at the mecca of California zinfandel to taste and celebrate some of the best zin producers around. Sponsored by the non-profit Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP), this rustic tasting in the vineyards includes some of the best zinfandel producers in the world, authentic wood-fired pizza and live music. Mix it up with the people who share your passion for zinfandel!
Shoreline Wine Festival, Guilford, Connecticut, August 16-17
Treat yourself to a weekend of local wineries, artisan food vendors and live music at the 7th annual Shoreline Wine Festival. Wine seminars, winery tours and more will also take place.
Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival, Jack-sonville, Oregon, August 19-23
The hallmark of the festival is the Wine Competition, which attracts some 200+ wines made exclusively from grapes grown in Southern Oregon. In addition to the Wine Com-petition, the festival features numerous wine sensory classes for all levels of wine lov-ers, as well as special wine dinners. The festival culminates with the Grand Tasting, which provides attendees the opportunity to sample all of the award winning wines and enjoy fabulous food and music, all in a beautiful historic setting.
Asheville Food & Wine Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, August 21-23
Check out the 5th annual Asheville Food & Wine Festival for a smorgasbord of food, wine, beer, and spirits, plus culinary demonstrations and a chance to meet authors, farmers, chefs, winemakers and brewers. The nonprofit organization benefiting from the festival this year is Slow Food Asheville's Appalachian Food Storybank.
South East Craft Beer Fest, Columbia, MO, August 23
The first-ever South East Craft Beer Festival will be held in Columbia, Missouri. Why Columbia? It’s home to a population of avid craft beer enthusiasts. With five craft brew-eries in town, over 130 bars and 300+ restaurants, the opportunity to enjoy a craft beer is readily available.
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Los Angeles, California, August 21-24
In true L.A. fashion, the 4th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will host some of the most celebrated culinary and wine talent in the country for a city-wide epicurean ex-travaganza. Enjoy live culinary demonstrations, world-class wine and spirits tastings, marquee events, one-of-a-kind lunches, two Lexus-sponsored Grand Tastings, book signings, after-parties and more.
Easterns Bayside Blues & Wine Festival, Es-sex, Maryland, August 23
Stroll the Eastern Yacht Club waterfront overlooking the Chesapeake Bay while you sample Maryland’s best wines and revel in the amazing musical lineup, which includes Hard Rocking R&B, New Orleans R&B classics and Blues.
Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival, Bodega, California, August 23-24
Celebrate the bounty of the Bodega Bay with carefully selected local food, wine, beer and live music at the 20th annual Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival. The quaint vil-lage of Bodega makes for a charming backdrop to a fun-filled weekend.
7 Springs Wine Festival, Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, August 23-24
This yearly festival showcases wineries from all over Pennsylvania, offering a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves wine. The festival features complimentary wine sam-pling from 30 wineries, daily seminars, live entertainment, a variety of crafts and musical entertainment.
Naperville Food & Wine Festival, Naperville, Il-linois, August 23-24
A celebration of wine, food, music and friends with a wide array of wines to choose from and food from some of Naperville’s most popular restaurants. Sample from more than 270 wines from around the world and learn about new and exciting varietals from the experts. Some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers will offer their signature dishes for purchase. Live music will be performed on the festival stage.
Mesa Verde Food, Wine & Art Festival, Cortez, Colorado, August 23-25
Kick off the weekend with a gourmet, locally sourced dinner, then follow it up with a day of sampling wine, hand-crafted breads, cheeses and infused olive oils, as well as local jams, jellies, and mustards. Local artists will showcase their works and Thomas Martin Scott will entertain with his brand of heartfelt blues-rock with a touch of jazz.
Uncorked Wine & Music Festival, Rockville, Maryland, August 24
Enjoy the best wines from across the state, as well as cooking demonstrations and two stages of musical entertainment at one of Rockville's most popular events. Admission is free for concerts and cooking demonstrations.
Wine & Food Festival, Rochester, Michigan, August 24-25
The 13th annual Wine & Food Festival is coming to Meadow Brook Music Festival with more wine and food than ever, a performance stage presented by the Detroit Jazz Fes-tival and a special deal to see Lyle Lovett. More than 150 award-winning wineries from throughout the state of Michigan and across the globe are showcased in tastings, semi-nars and food pairings throughout the weekend. Don’t miss out!
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sonoma Valley, California, August 29-31
Tickets are now on sale for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sonoma County’s inimitable Labor Day Weekend event celebrating the region’s winegrowers, winemakers and chefs. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend brings America’s leading wine and food destination to life. The event offers unique, elevated experiences interwoven with the region’s indie spirit.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Hawaii, August 29-September 7
Set in the lush island paradise of Hawaii, this festival features a roster of over 80 inter-nationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirits produc-ers. Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the festival on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Honolulu, and Ko Olina Resort will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclu-sive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.