December is holiday time--busy schedules, lots of shopping, seeing the family, etc. Here are a few suggestions if you want to try and get in one (or two, or three) more sips before the end of the year.
Vintners’ Holidays, Yosemite, California, Dec. 3-4
Wine tasting, seminars, the opportunity to meet wine makers, and a specially-designed gala vintners’ dinner finale, are all a part of the annual Vintners’ Holidays Celebration, held at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. This session features: vintners from Chalk Hill, Talisman, Don & Sons, and Rombauer Vineyards.
Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival, Carlsbad, New Mexico, Dec. 5-6
Taste wines from 11 New Mexico wineries during this festival, which takes place during the annual Christmas on the Pecos event. Friday night is a special sponsors’ VIP party and Saturday will be a wine festival with lots of holiday arts and crafts, and entertainment.
Saint Nick’s Holiday Wine Tasting, Woodinville, Washington, Dec. 5-7
Woodinville wine county invites you to sample wines from 30+ Washington wineries both in a special tasting with hors d’oeuvres at “Molbaks Home + Garden” shop on Friday night and at the wineries throughout the region on Saturday and Sunday.
Vintage Wine Weekend, Maui, Hawaii, Dec. 5-7
The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea teams-up with premium California vintners for Vintage Wine Weekend. The event pairs fine wines with live performances by virtuoso violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and by legendary Hawaiian guitarist Makana. Events include: the Oceanfront Gala, Private Cellar (where guest bring treasured library wines from their private collections), and a gourmet four-course dinner with The Red Violin.
Key to Wine Country, Santa Barbara County, California, Dec. 5-7
Purchase a key for the weekend and receive invitations to exclusive events and experiences, special wine tastings, offers, and discounts at 38 participating wineries and at 10 restaurants throughout Santa Barbara County.
Mt. Veeder Holiday Celebration, Yountville, California, Dec. 6
Taste the wines from 11 Mt. Veeder wineries and food pairings from winery chefs with assorted artisan cheeses, charcuterie, seasonal fruit, nuts, olives and Model Bakery breads. Also enjoy live, high-energy blues from The Hummingbirdz.
Annual Champagne Tasting, Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 7
This is your chance to taste and learn about everything Champenoise at Webster’s Wine Bar. Taste over 30 diverse selections, all from Champagne, France: including vintage, non-vintage, rosé, non-dosage, Blanc de Blancs, and more. Most of the Champagnes featured will be from artisanal grower estates.
Wine, Chocolate, and Cheese Festival, Ouray, Colorado, Dec. 9
The festival highlights premiere wineries, chocolatiers, cheese makers and artists from all over Colorado. Enjoy live music and a costume contest with prizes. Distilled liquors and local arts and crafts have been added this year. Proceeds benefit Art Partners, adults who mentor local youth.
Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 11-14
The festival brings together an eclectic collection of illustrious, award-winning chefs, culinary personalities, authors, wine makers and mixologists to South Florida. Events include: specialty cocktail and hors d'oeuvre receptions, five-course dinners with premium wine pairings, kids' cooking classes, and the final grand tasting and cooking competition.
Winemakers Kitchen Table, Healdsburg, California, Dec. 12
Enjoy a monthly community supper at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen hosted by top vintners serving their prized wines and personal family recipes. In December, you’ll be joined by wine maker Greg La Follette for a four-course dinner of La Follette family recipes paired with La Follette wines.
Say Cheese Wine Trail, Hermann, Missouri, Dec. 13-14
Sip and sample wine and cheese pairings, from the classic to the creative at the seven wineries on the Hermann Wine Trail. This event coincides with Hermann’s popular Kristkindl Markt, an Old-World holiday market.
Where will you be sipping in December? Let us know below.
Photo Credit: Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival