November marks the beginning of the holiday season, but there are still a lot of great opportunities to sip before you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and start your holiday shopping.
A Wine and Food Affair, Healdsburg, California, Nov. 1-2
Join over 115 wineries from the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River valleys, for "Tasting Along the Wine Road" with a weekend of wine and food pairing. Each winery pairs a favorite dish with one of their wines, and participants get copies of the recipes.
The Seeing Red Wine Festival, Seaside, Florida, Nov. 6-9
Enjoy wine, music and southern hospitality. Events include: Vintner’s Dinner, Al Fresco Reserve Tasting, the Grand Tasting, and A Celebration of Bubbles. Event proceeds will benefit Northwest Florida children in need.
Garagiste Festival, Paso Robles, California, Nov. 6-9
Over 70 Artisan Winemakers (50+ from the Paso Robles area) will pour at this festival focused on “garagiste” winemakers that produce small-lot, handcrafted wines. Proceeds from the event support young winemakers at the Wine and Viticulture Program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
6th Annual Around the World in 80 Sips™, New York, New York, Nov. 7
Join Team Bottlenotes for 80+ unlimited tastes of wine from a wide range of countries and regions including California, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand and more along with light hors d’oeuvres and chocolate. For additional wine knowledge, you can attend a tasting seminar with Chateau Montelena (The winery from the movie “Bottle Shock”).
Sip Around the World Wine Tasting, Memphis, Tennessee, Nov. 7
Taste over 300 wines from over 100 wine regions from around the world including California, Oregon, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand, Spain, Chile, Greece, Germany, France and many more. Proceeds benefit the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee.
Taste of Flight Wine Expo at the Cradle of Aviation, Garden City, New York, Nov. 8
Billed as “Largest Wine Event on Long Island”, the event features wines from Finger Lakes, California, Washington State, Oregon, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Greece, Turkey, Chile, Argentina and, of course, Long Island!
West of West Wine Festival - Orange County, Anaheim, California, Nov. 8
Enjoy a rare opportunity to taste pinot noir, chardonnay, and other wines from over 30 highly-acclaimed producers from the West Sonoma Coast, several of which rarely pour at public tastings. Events include a VIP pre-tasting, a sommelier challenge, and food from restaurants such as Charlie Palmer.
Pride of New York Harvest Festival, Albany, New York, Nov. 8-9
Nearly 100 vendors from throughout the state with sample their products – from wine to sauces at this New York-only wine and food fest. You’ll also be able to purchase and take home most of what you taste.
Pinot Days Grand Festival, Los Angeles, California, Nov. 14-15
At the Grand Tasting, sample up to 150 pinots from over 50 producers from many of the important pinot noir regions, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Rita Hills, Oregon to the Anderson Valley to New Zealand to the Sonoma Coast. Also, enjoy a “Pinot Noir and Grilled Cheese” tasting event.
The Festival at The Farm, Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 14-15
Sample the wine from across Arizona, in one place, among the pecan groves of Phoenix’s intimate The Farm at South Mountain. More than 30 local wineries are expected to attend. Learn about Arizona wine production, enjoy wine tastings and a picnic lunch, and participate in live and silent auctions.
¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction, Dayton, Oregon, Nov. 14-15
Oregon’s most celebrated wineries as they preview their very best 2013 vintage pinot noirs custom-made solely for ¡Salud!. Events include: Cuvée Tasting and Big Board Auction as well as the Dinner and Auction Gala with a live auction featuring rare library wines, winemaker experiences, and unique travel packages.
Boca Raton Food & Wine Festival, Boca Raton, Florida, Nov. 14-16
Come enjoy the largest outdoor culinary affair in southern Florida. Meet and mingle with over 75 chefs and taste amazing wines during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Mount Rainier Fall Wine Tasting & Brew Festival, Ashford, Washington, Nov. 15
The 5th annual "On the Road to Paradise" Fall Wine Festival is a chance to sip, savor and enjoy a variety of hard-to-find, artisanal wines, ciders, and micro-brews from small Washington producers.
Northwest Food and Wine Festival, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 15
Taste over 600 wines from Oregon, Washington and California, including Willamette Valley pinot noirs and Walla Walla cabernets, along with beers and spirts. Sample gourmet food tastes from 50 restaurants.
National Zinfandel Day, all across the United States, Nov. 19
Celebrate #ZinDay on Twitter and at wineries and restaurants all across the country. Restaurants such as Charlie Palmer Steak Washington D.C., and the Coyote Café in Santa Fe, New Mexico are hosting zinfandel pairing dinners with multiple wineries.
Denver International Wine Festival, Broomfield, Colorado, Nov. 19-21
Taste your share of more than 400 wines from around the world. Events include: the Grand Vintners Dinner, Chefs’ Food and Wine Pairing Competition and the Grand Tasting of International Wines. Proceeds benefit the No Kid Hungry Campaign of Share Our Strength Colorado.
Flavor! Napa Valley, Napa Valley, California, Nov. 19-23
A celebration of food and wine, with fun events ranging from a Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Retrospective Tasting, to “Fried and True – A Fried Chicken Tasting”. Proceeds support programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, CA.
SF Vintners Market - Harvest Hoopla, San Francisco, California Nov. 22-23
Experience a Farmer’s Market for wine, where you can “try it, then buy it” from upwards of 150 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 and up, and a Cult Lounge with wines priced at $100 and up.