While October traditionally means harvest and Halloween, there are plenty of great events you can sip at before the last grapes are harvested and the ghosts come out.
Bottlenotes is excited to host the San Francisco tasting for #MerlotMe, a global social media event bringing together wine lovers to celebrate their love of Merlot. We are also bringing Around the World in 80 Sips® back to Denver for the third year in a row. But no matter where you live, there is a wine celebration near you in October.
Uncork a Cure, Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 3
From wine novices to advanced wine enthusiasts, Uncork a Cure is a casual and fun evening for all. Sip great wines and savor great cuisine presented at over 20 festive tasting stations, where the area's hottest chefs prepare their specialties just for you.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Santa Rosa, California, Oct. 3-5
Enjoy wines from over 150 Sonoma County wineries. Events include: The World Championship Grape Stomp, the Grand Harvest Tasting, “Taste the Best of Sonoma County” Chef Demonstrations, and seminars on “Cheesy Beer School” and "So You Want to be a Wine Judge".
Great Grapes Wine Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct. 5
Taste 220 wines from 20 wineries while taking in food, music and the enjoying the rich heritage of North Carolina vines. Enjoy the Wine Aroma Pavilion, Olive Oil Pavilion, and the VIP Pavilion (with cheese and special wines). The event benefits the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.
Spain's Great Match: Wine, Food & Design, New York, New York, Oct. 8
Enjoy a night of Spanish wine, beer, food, design and music at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building. Discover Spanish grapes and regions with an extensive offering of over 300 wines, a selection of craft beers, and tapas created by New York’s top Spanish restaurants.
Join Team Bottlenotes for 80+ wines from a wide range of countries and regions including California, France, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand and more. Discover new favorites and ask the experts questions to boost your knowledge. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres.
Gruene Music & Wine Festival, New Braunfels, Texas, Oct. 9-12
Four days of live music, food and wine from around Texas and the world. Events include: “That's Right - It's Not From Texas“, “Rockin' with Texas Wine & Food”, “Texas Tastings & Tunes”, and “Gospel Brunch w/a Texas Twist”. The festival benefits the local United Way of Comal County.
Enjoy wine, cocktails, dinner, awards, an auction, and the toe-tapping music of the John Brothers Piano Company in the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center. All proceeds will benefit: Support For Families Of Children With Disabilities.
Billed as “Always a Stinkin' Good Time”, the festival features 10 local wineries, five stages with magicians, musicians, and chefs, nine bands, a petting zoo, balloon artists and, of course, lots of garlic.
Delaware Wine & Beer Festival, Dover, Delaware, Oct. 11
The First State's "official" wine and beer festival! Featuring all of Delaware's breweries, wineries and distilleries in one location. Enjoy local foods such as crab cakes and other delicacies, plus art, jewelry and crafts by 50 Delaware artisans.
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, La Jolla, California, Oct. 11-12
Discover and enjoy regional and international wines from 15 wineries as well as local San Diego craft beers from 15 brewers. Sample wines from Valle De Guadalupe, California, France and more. Also enjoy works of art from over 150 established artists, a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, and a family art center.
Enjoy the “Taste of Excellence (Vintner Room)” and a general tasting area with wines from all over the USA and the world, along with food from Bighead Barbeque, Butch Cassidy’s Café, and other local restaurants. The festival is a benefit for Catholic Social Services.
New York City Wine & Food Festival, New York, New York, Oct. 16-19
A four-day celebration of fine wine, food, and spirits in the Big Apple featuring intimate dinners, walk-around tastings, seminars, and hands-on classes. Events include: Brilliant Bubbles, Riesling Revival, and The Antinori Family's Interpretation of Sangiovese.
Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival, Edgartown, Mass., Oct. 16-19
Enjoy some of New England's best restaurants and dozens of wineries from around the world. Events include: “Sommelier Throw Down!”, “Shucks, It's Oysters!”, “Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!!”, “Fresh off the Farm” Dinner, Grand Tasting, and Gourmet Wine Cellar Dinner. The festival benefits Island Grown Schools and Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s Farmers Program.
20 wineries known for their passion for producing outstanding Merlot will be pouring their signature wines alongside library offerings and accompanied by light appetizers and panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, Crissy Field, and the Marin Headlands.
Enjoy the finest in wine, spirits and gourmet foods by local and celebrity chefs. The festival features 50+ Wine and Spirit sampling stations, 20+ cooking demos on the Celebrity Cooking Stage, and 150+ local and national vendors selling and sampling specialty food and products.
Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Festival, Fort Ross, California, Oct. 18
Taste wine from 11 wineries and 13 different vineyards from the new Fort Ross-Seaview Wine AVA. Events include the Grand Wine Tasting with cheese sampling, Grand Luncheon, and harvest activities such as a horse and buggy ride, apple picking, and food trucks with delicious seasonal fare.
Enjoy a Grand Tasting of some of the top producers of Champagne, a series of highly-focused seminars presented by the industry's leading experts, and a Gala Dinner where guests are invited to bring treasured bottles of Champagne to share with winemakers, like-minded collectors, and sommeliers.
Autumn Reggae Wine, Music & Art Festival, Mt. Airy, Maryland, Oct 18-19
Sounds of the islands fill the vineyards of Linganore Winecellars. Take in the fall beauty of the vineyard, enjoy 19 wines, and shop at over 40 vendors of art, crafts and great food.
Taste highly acclaimed wines from the top 100 wineries of the year from all over the world (as selected by Wine & Spirits Magazine). Meet the winemakers, feast on delicious bites from new and notable Bay Area restaurants, enjoy fresh oysters, local cheeses and artisan specialties. The event benefits San Francisco Baykeeper.
Harvest on the Harbor, Portland, Maine, Oct. 22-25
Sample more than 400 different wines, beers, and spirits. Experience a variety of wines from Maine and around the world. Events include: Grand Tasting on the Harbor, Harvest Dinner on the Stage, and Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition.
Fresh Market Wine Gala, Jacksonville, Florida, Oct. 23
Enjoy a variety of delicious food and wine sampling stations. If you like what you drink, you can buy some to take home at a 15% discount. A silent auction will feature items including gift certificates from local businesses. The gala benefits the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society.