March is upon us, so keep your fingers crossed for a mild finish to winter, and an early start to spring. We are delighted to be returning to Washington, DC, for our 5th annual Around the World in 80 Sips event, and we can hardly contain our excitement for all the upcoming sip-worthy tastings this month.
Lexus Culinary Classic, Sausalito, California, March 6-8
As the culmination of the weekend's festivities, the Grand Tasting features all 11 Hotel Partner chefs from around the country, and 20 vintners from acclaimed wine-growing regions in Napa, Sonoma and Marin. This culinary adventure presents a diverse selection of bites and tastings from celebrated chefs at some of America’s finest hotels, complemented by specially chosen wines from premier wineries. Click here for more information.
Wine Road Barrel Tasting Weekend, Healdsburg, California, March 6-8
The Barrel Tasting is not a food pairing or themed event. It's all about the WINE...many wineries offer "futures" on their barrel samples. This is a chance to purchase wine now, often at a discount, then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12-18 months from now. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is your only chance to purchase them. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic as most wineries will not have food for this event. The ticket price includes the opportunity to sample wine from the barrel and in most cases also trying a limited number of current release wines. Click here for more information.
Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, March 9-15
The 30th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, taking place March 9-15 brings together wine, spirits and food lovers and celebrity wine experts at one of the largest outdoor wine festivals on the East Coast, featuring 500+ wines. The 2015 festival spans the week and offers an impressive line-up featuring world-class vineyards, local and regional celebrity chefs, live entertainment and an array of visual and performing artists. Click here for more information.
NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting, New York, New York, March 10
Join the Fourth Annual NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting at the Astor Center in NYC on Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 8 pm. Meet the winemakers and taste more than 100 wines from the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Niagara Escarpment and beyond, paired with local cheeses and hors d'oeuvres from the Finger Lakes' New York Wine & Culinary Center. Ticket price includes all food and wine. Click here for more information.
Family Winemakers of California Tasting, Pomona, California, March 15
Family Winemakers will host its next Southern California tasting on March 15, 2015 at Fairplex, the site of the LA County Fair. The Sunday tasting is a one day event of award winning small, family-owned wineries from across California. Imagine the opportunity to taste from 500 wines offered by 100 wineries. If you can’t get to wine country let them come to you! Whether you’re adding to your wine list, retail shelves or your private cellar, this is an opportunity to Taste California! Click here for more information.
In Pursuit of Balance, San Francisco, California, March 16
Join the fifth annual In Pursuit of Balance, an event to celebrate balance in California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Thirty-three of California's most sought-after wineries will gather to share their wines at a walk-around tasting and seminars, with each winery represented by their winemaker, assistant winemaker and/or proprietor. This is an unparelleled opportunity to meet the people behind some of California's best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Click here for more information.
Savor Dallas, Dallas, Texas, March 19-22
Now in its 11th year, the Savor Dallas wine and food festival has grown into a renowned wine and culinary extravaganza and has become a signature for the city of Dallas. It is the ultimate toast to the enticing epicurean culture of the vibrant Dallas landscape. The four-day festival features educational and wine-tasting seminars, wine dinners hosted at premier destinations in the city, the Arts District Wine Stroll and Savor the Arboretum. The festival culminates on Saturday with an elegant Reserve Tasting of world-class wine, spirits and beer, along with a premier silent auction, followed by the Grand Tasting event. Click here for more information.
California's Artisan Cheese Festival, Petaluma, California, March 20-22
Calling all cheese lovers! You are invited to the 9th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival taking place March 20-22, 2015 at the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. The weekend will be filled with scrumptious cheeses, chef demonstrations and pairings, educational sessions by knowledgeable, talented chefs, cheese experts, authors, cheesemakers, expert panel discussions and more. Click here for more information.
Vintage Paso: Zinfandel, Paso Robles, CA, March 20-22
Create your own zinful itinerary to smell, sip and savor the heritage of Paso Robles, with events at more than 120 wineries! Join fellow wine enthusiasts for a selection of wine and chocolate pairings, winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, laid-back barbecues, barrel tastings, live music, and so much more! Visit the Winery Activites tab above to search by winery, day or activity. Click here for more information.
Cabernet Shootout Challenge, San Francisco, California, March 21
Each year Cabernet fans in the Bay Area have a special opportunity to indulge their passion! Moved to the end of March in an historic and convenient Union Square setting, you can enjoy this unique experience without the crowd crush of the mega tastings or driving long distances for Passport weekends Over a number of weeks, Affairs of the Vine convenes a select panel of 40 winemakers, writers, retailers, educators, and consultants to judge the Cabernet Shootout among artisan Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet blends from over 35 different viticultural areas. Without regard to price, vintage or region, this group of experts moves 64 wines to the final round selecting 32 "best of the best." An array of finalists are then tasted blind and evaluated by wine lovers at the March 21st event. Click here for more information.
Howell Mountain Spring Wine Tasting, San Francisco, California, March 25
Who says you can't move mountains...the world-class wines of Howell Mountain are coming to San Francisco. You're invited to taste the pinnacle of mountain wines at our Spring Tasting, Wednesday, March 25, from 5:00-7:00pm at the beautiful and historic Presidio Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco. Click here for more information.
High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, Atlanta, Georgia, March 25-28
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. Netting over $1.5 million in 2014, the Wine Auction is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta, the eighth largest charity wine auction in the U.S., and the number one charity wine auction benefiting the arts. The Wine Auction has generated more than $22 million over the last 22 years! Click here for more information.
5th Annual Around the World in 80 Sips, Washington, DC, March 27
Bottlenotes presents the 5th annual Around the World in 80 Sips® in Washington, DC, taking place at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, March 27th, 2015. Taste wines from a wide range of countries and regions including California, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and more. Discover new favorites and ask the experts questions to boost your knowledge. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and chocolate pairings. Click here for more information.
Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting, Richmond, California, March 28
Learn more about your favorite Rhone wines by attending these back-to-back seminars. One ticket admits you to both seminars. The first seminar is "Rose made from American Rhone Grape Varieties," showcasing the new releases of rose, perfectly timed for your summer ahead. The second seminar is "American Grown Rhone Varieties, See How They Age" and will include both new releases and library releases from several winemakers, so that you can see how these varieties age over time. You can get $15 off general admission tickets if you use the promotional code Bottlenotes at checkout. Click here for more information.
NJ Wine & Food Festival, March 20-22, 2015
The New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort is a celebration of the world's best wines and renowned local and national chefs, benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The weekend's events are designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados. Click here for more information.