We hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get out and enjoy more sips (it’s definitely one of ours)! And thankfully, there are tons of opportunities to do that this month.
Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, Key Largo, Florida, January 5-15
Enjoy 10 days of wine and food with over 25 wineries and spirits producers on Key Largo and Islamorada in the Florida Keys. Events include: wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, a grape stomping contest, live music, art shows, and a Grand Tasting.
Paso Robles Blendfest on the Coast, Cambria, California, January 13-15
Come taste 90 different wines from 32 Paso Robles wineries. Hit the Grand Tasting or try a Blending Seminar for Bordeaux varieties with winemakers from the Paso Robles Cab Collective. Or attend a Winemaker Dinner where you get to pick your host winemaker.
Boston Wine Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, January 13-27
Billed as the “longest running food and wine festival in the nation”, the festival celebrates its 28th anniversary. Sample more than 50 wines and savor selections from Chef Daniel Bruce. Events include: the Grand Opening Reception, Battle of the Cabernets, Merlot Madness, and the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Dinner.
Winter WINEland, Healdsburg, California, January 14-15
Join over 110 wineries along the Wine Road in Northern Sonoma County to celebrate the 25th Annual Winter WINEland. Meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries will highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend.
Stars of Santa Barbara, West Hollywood, California, January 18
Taste over 100 wines from 20+ wineries and meet the winemakers and owners from Santa Barbara wine country, the land of Sideways and more. A VIP Dinner Experience with early admission and private dinner with the winemakers is also offered.
Uncorked LA Wine Festival, Los Angles, California, January 21
Enjoy 150+ wines from over 50 wineries, live music, a champagne bar, international wine room, gourmet food trucks, and a custom wine-themed photo booth. A portion of the proceeds benefit local non-profit MOSTe (Motivating Our Students Through Experience)
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 22
Philadelphia Magazine hosts this Bordeaux US Tour for the first time. Taste wines from the new 2014 vintage from more than 70 French châteaux and meet the winemakers. In addition, 30 older-vintage Bordeaux will be available at 25% off regular prices at an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store. Proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Oregon Tempranillo Celebration, Ashland, Oregon, January 22
Join the Oregon Tempranillo Alliance for the inaugural public Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting. Taste Tempranillo wines from around Oregon. Enjoy sumptuous tapas and a silent auction benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network.
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, New York, New York, January 23
Sotheby's Wine hosts the Big Apple stop of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux US Tour. Taste wines from the new 2014 vintage from more than 80 French châteaux and meet the winemakers. The event also features a Ruinart Champagne Bar, DJ Anden, and food provided by C-CAP Alumni.
Key West Food and Wine Festival, Key West, Florida, January 25-29
There are over 30 different events at this four-day food and wine festival. Events include: “Girls Night Out 2017,” "The Riesling Revolution,” “Old Town Shrimp Boil - Royal Reds & Key West Pinks,” a “Bad Ass Brunch Series,” and the “Sunset Grand Tasting” on the beach.
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Santa Monica, California, January 26
Wally's Wines & Spirits hosts the LA stop of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux US Tour. Taste 100+ wines from the new 2014 vintage from more than 80 French châteaux and meet the winemakers. The event also features Wally's Cheese Box, along with Monsieur Madame and The Bison Burger food trucks. Proceeds benefit Food on Foot.
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, San Francisco, California, January 27
K & L Wines hosts the final North America stop of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux US Tour. Taste 100+ wines from the new 2014 vintage from more than 80 French châteaux and meet the winemakers.
Sun Wine & Food Fest, Uncasville, Connecticut, January 27-29
The event showcases over 20 celebrity chefs and winemakers as well as 1,000 wines, craft beers, select spirits and signature dishes from local New England restaurants. Events include: "Brunch with Batali,” “Celebrity Chef Dine Around,” “Aarón Sánchez’s Mexican Night Market,” Elite Cru & Bourbon Tastings as well as the Grand Tasting.
Naples Winter Wine Festival, Naples, Florida, January 27-29
Enjoy the wines of 30 wineries from 12 different wine producing regions, advice from18 Master Sommeliers, and food from 18 celebrity chefs. Events include: “The Vintage Cellar – Wine Tasting and Luncheon,” the “Bright Sunshiny Day” Auction, Vintners’ Dinners, and a Celebration Brunch. Proceeds benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation.
St. Louis Food and Wine Experience, St. Louis, Missouri, January 27-29
Events at the Experience include: The Main Floor: A full day of open tasting from more than 550 wines, The VIP Reserve Room: A full day of open tasting from more than 200 elite wines, and The Premier Tasting: A Cellar-Maker’s Dream with more than 220 hard-to-find wines including library wines, special magnums and vertical tastings.
Cambria Art & Wine Festival, Cambria, California January 27-29
Three days of wine tasting, food, and art. Taste wines from 40 local wineries. Events include: Paws for a Cause: Wine & Beer Tasting Dinner, The Pacific Coast Wine Trail Art of Wine Dinner, Artist's Faire with demonstrating artists, and the Event Kick-Off Party with a five course wine & food pairing.
Somms Under Fire, Austin, Texas, January 29
Be a part of the audience and vote and taste along with the Judges of Somms Under Fire. See who achieves the honor of a one-week internship in Burgundy, France and attend the VIP Tasting hosted by Austrian Wine USA.
Alex Parr, Senior Tasting Correspondent for The Sip, was raised in California's Russian River Valley and has been covering wine tasting events for Bottlenotes for over 10 years.