June is the start of summer and the heart of wedding season. Here at Bottlenotes, we are like a blushing bride about bringing our Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting to Seattle, WA for the very first time as well as back to San Diego, CA for the second year in a row. If you are near Seattle or San Diego, don’t miss them!
Here are some great events that we hope you can squeeze in between weddings you may be in and/or attending.
Wine & Roses Charity Wine Tasting, San Diego, California, June 1
Enjoy an afternoon at The Grand Del Mar tasting delicious wines and eating food from some of San Diego’s best restaurants. Bid on discounted cases of all the winning wines from the San Diego International Wine Competition donated by the wineries. All proceeds support the charity of the Sisters of Social Service and their camp, Camp Oliver.
Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival, Camarillo, California, June 1
The beautiful California State University Channel Islands campus is the setting where you can sample wines from 30+ wineries many from the Santa Barbara area as well as beers 25+ breweries, and food from 70+ restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops. Proceeds support Casa Pacifica, which helps abused and neglected children.
Wine & Food Week, Houston, Texas, June 2-8
Drawing culinary masters and wine experts from around the world, Wine & Food Week uncorks scores of events featuring more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, and legendary wine producers and culinary personalities. Events include a Judgment of Paris Tasting & Dinner with George Taber, Sips, Suds & Sliders, Platinum Wine Vault Tasting, and Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase.
Westchester Magazine's Wine & Food Week, White Plains, New York, June 3-8
Enjoy world class wines from around the world, gourmet food samplings from the region's top restaurants, and award-winning chefs and top sommeliers, who graciously display their expertise at seminars, classes, and cook-offs. The 22 events include Tortilla Tequila Tuesday, Meatball Mania featuring meatballs and wine pairings, the Winemakers Connoisseur Dinner, the Grand Tasting and Wine Seminars like “A Tour of Tuscany” lead by Kevin Zraly.
15th Annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 4
Celebrate with Indiana wineries as they offer samples of more than 200 wines. Enjoy delicious food from some of Indiana's top culinary experts and visit the Wine & Food Experience Pavilion for food and wine sessions with chefs and winemakers. Tap your feet to live music from Indiana musicians throughout the day and browse through the artists’ booths.
Rhone Rangers Washington D.C. Tasting, Washington D.C., June 4-5
The Grand Tasting features an intimate evening of tasting 80+ Rhone wines from 20+ Rhone Ranger Wineries such as Qupe, Ridge, and Tablas Creek. Events also include a seminar on "The State of the American Rhone Nation" and winemaker dinners
Wine on Wheels Grand Tasting, New York, New York, June 7
The Wheels Grand Tasting and Silent Auction will feature over 175 wines served by over 50 of New York City's esteemed sommeliers along with a spirits and mixology tasting, and a sampling of artisanal Cognacs. Proceeds benefit Wheeling Forward, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities live life to the fullest
28th Annual Ojai Wine Festival, Ojai, California, June 8
Overlooking Lake Casitas, wine and beer connoisseurs can delight in over 50 award-winning wineries with more than 250 wines and 20 premium craft beers and microbrews. Enjoy a great selection of fine art and craft vendors and two live bands.
Taste of Mendocino, San Francisco, California, June 10
Mendocino Winegrowers bring a trip through their wine country to attendees with sips and samples of from 30+ of the regions finest wineries, plus brews and 15 vendors in this showcase of all the people and products that make Mendocino County such a special place.
14th Annual Art of Wine Festival, Fayetteville, Arkansas, June 12-14
The festival features three days of evening events for wine novices and connoisseurs alike. Sample cuisine from the area's finest restaurants and try new wines at the Winemaker's Dinner, the Uncorked Friday Night Tasting, and the Premier Tasting. All proceeds support Walton Arts Center's programs.
33rd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, Kapalua, Hawaii, June 12–15
Wines from several regions in California, plus the Pacific Northwest, Italy and New Zealand will be showcased at Winemaker Dinners, Seminars and the Grand Tasting. The event concludes with a "Seafood Festival" where Chefs from 14 Maui restaurants will prepare seafood specialties to share with guests.
2nd Annual Around the World in 80 Sips™, San Diego, California, June 13
Join Team Bottlenotes for 80+ unlimited tastes of wine from a wide range of countries and regions including California, Washington, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and more along with light hors d’oeuvres and chocolate. This year includes a new very limited special Education Seminar with Chateau Montelena (The winery from the film “Bottle Shock”).
Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series Kick-off, Woodinville, Washington, June 13
Allen Stone kicks off the 2014 Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series. 21 concerts spanning a variety of musical genres run through September 14th. Artists in the series include: Sarah McLachlan, John Legend, Steve Winwood, Gipsy King’s, Earth, Wind & Fire, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, and The Go-Go’s.
La Nuit En Rosé, New York, New York, June 13-14
La Nuit En Rosé, or The Pink Night, is a celebration of rosés from around the globe. Savor the depth and breadth of 85+ rosés from the world’s great wine regions and sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres at this cocktail-style soirée on the Hornblower Hybrid yacht along the Hudson River.
Stowe Wine & Food Classic, Stowe, Vermont, June 13-14
Head to the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont to enjoy a weekend of delectable foods, and visit with winemakers and culinary experts. Events include: Blues, Brews & Food Truck Crews, Culinary Adventure: By Land & By Sea, Gala & Auction, and a Grand Tasting. Proceeds support the Copley Hospital and The Vermont Foodbank.
Heritage Wine Trail Weekend, Napa, California, June 14-15
Join the Heritage Wine Trail for an extraordinary weekend filled with wine, food, music and special events at Acacia Vineyard, Beaulieu Vineyard, Hewitt Vineyard, Provenance Vineyards and Sterling Vineyards. Visit the five iconic Napa Valley wineries and enjoy a full schedule of events, including a lobster feed, wine seminars, movie previews, live music, cooking classes, and a wine country picnic lunch that includes a Heritage Wine Trail logo cooler bag and a keepsake wine glass. Some activities are ongoing while others occur at specific times, so be sure to refer to the website for the full schedule of events throughout the weekend.
Red & White Bash, Chicago, Illinois, June 19
The Red and White Bash brings its repertoire of 90 plus point rated wines, handpicked, reviewed and vetted by the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine to the Windy City for the first time. Taste hundreds of incredible wines and sample delicious local food all while a big band plays into the night.
Key to Wine Country, Santa Barbara County, California, June 20-22
Purchase a Key and receive invitations to exclusive events and experiences, special wine tastings, offers, and discounts at wineries throughout Santa Barbara County. Participating wineries include: Au Bon Climat, Beckmen, Clos Pepe, Solomon Hills Vineyards, and Zaca Mesa.
10th Annual Pinot Days Grand Festival, San Francisco, California, June 21
Join 90 pinot producers from California, Oregon, New Zealand and Burgundy who will pour over 200 distinct pinot noir wines. This is said to be the largest single gathering of pinot noir producers in the world and must for any Pinot lover.
Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival, Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, June 21-22
Come to the Split Rock Resort to taste wines from Pennsylvania's finest wineries, enjoy educational seminars, great entertainment, along with over 100 craft vendors and delicious food.
Around the World in 80 Sips™, Seattle, Washington, June 26
Join Team Bottlenotes at the EMP Museum in the Seattle Center for 80+ unlimited 1 oz. tastes of wine. Discover new wines from a wide range of countries and regions including California, New Zealand, Portugal, and many more along with light hors d’oeuvres.