Before you sit down to the turkey at the end of the month, head-out for some amazing wine events this November. Odds are good you’ll find some great wines to bring to Thanksgiving dinner alomg the way.
Denver International Wine Festival, Broomfield, Colorado, Nov. 2-4
Taste your share of more than 400 wines from around the world. Events include: the Grand Vintners Dinner, Pairsine Chefs Fine Food & Wine Pairing Competition and the DIWF Grand Tasting of International Wines. Proceeds benefit There With Care – For Families and Children Facing Critical Illness.
Russian River Valley Single Vineyard Night, San Francisco, California, Nov. 3
Close to 30 winemakers and winegrowers will be pouring small-lot, single vineyard wines from the Russian River Valley, including premier Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Guests will dine on delicious small bites and bid on live and silent auction lots. Proceeds benefit The Guardsmen to enhance and improve the lives of at-risk youth.
La Fête du Champagne, New York, New York, Nov. 3-6
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.
Robert Parker’s A Matter of Taste, Napa, California, Nov. 4-5
Enjoy “Reviewers’ Choice” wines from all over the world in the walkabout tasting where three members of Robert Parker’s review team have each nominated their most exciting iconic wineries, all scoring 90 points or above. Other events include: Château Cheval Blanc Retrospective & Dinner, Top of the Class New School Pinot Noirs & Chardonnays, The Ultimate Hedonist’s BYOB Dinner, and Napa Valley's Next AVA? Robert M. Parker, Jr. Explores The Singular Estates of Pritchard Hill.
The Seeing Red Wine Festival, Seaside, Florida, Nov. 4-6
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.
Uncorked: SF Winter Wine Fest, San Francisco, California, Nov. 5
Uncorked Wine Festivals is coming back to SF for its Winter Champagne and Wine Festival. Enjoy over 100 wines, a Champagne bar, local favorite wines, artisanal food vendors, custom photo booth, DJ and stunning views overlooking the city while sipping and savoring with friends. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Yellow Bike Project.
Boca Raton Food & Wine Festival, Boca Raton, Florida, Nov. 5
Please your palate, step into your stride and enjoy the largest outdoor culinary affair in south Florida. Meet and mingle with over 30 chefs and taste amazing wines from all over the world during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Wine and Food Affair, Healdsburg, California, Nov. 5-6
Join 95+ wineries in Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys, for a "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 can get copies of the recipes and purchase a bottles of the paired wine.
Petaluma Gap Wind to Wine Festival, Petaluma, California, Nov. 6
Taste 100 of the Petaluma Gap's finest Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, and more at this celebration of what will hopefully soon be California’s newest AVA. Experience what makes the region special and enjoy artisan food stations.
New Mission Winemakers Tasting, San Francisco, California, Nov. 7
Spend an evening with six San Francisco wineries and taste exclusive small-production wines with the winemakers. The New Mission Winemakers are a loosely affiliated group of Bay Area craftspeople who operate outside of natural wine dogma, pursue many things in addition to balance, and hold the belief that grapes don't care for manifestos anyway. Wines will also be for sale and food will be provided.
Savannah Food & Wine Festival, Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 7-13
Join the week-long celebration of wine dinners, one-of-a-kind Savannah wine and culinary experiences are located throughout the city’s most scenic and iconic backdrops. Events include: Secret Savannah Speakeasy, River Street Stroll, Wines of Spain & Tapas, and the Grand Reserve Tasting.
Russian River Valley Single Vineyard Night, Sacramento, California, Nov. 10
A week after the San Franciso event above, we move on to Sacremento. Here, 24 winemakers and winegrowers will be pouring small-lot, single vineyard wines from the Russian River Valley, including premier Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Guests will dine on delicious small bites and bid on live and silent auction lots. Proceeds benefit the Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento.
¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction, Dayton, Oregon, Nov. 11-12
Join some of Oregon’s most celebrated wineries as they preview 43 Pinot Noir cuvées 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.
SF Vintners Market Fall 2016, San Francisco, California Nov. 11-12
Try and buy over 200 wines with a focus on top local wineries and boutique producers with wines of all styles including new releases, library collections and end-of-vintage selections. The event features a main room and a Cult Room with wines priced at $100 and up. Proceeds benefit OneBrick.org Volunteering made easy!
Garagiste Festival, Paso Robles, California, Nov. 11-13
Over 60 micro-production wineries (many from the Paso Robles area) will pour over 200 wines at this festival focused on “garagiste” winemakers that produce under 1,500 cases per year. Proceeds from the event support young winemakers at the Wine and Viticulture Program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival, New York, New York, Nov. 12
Sample over 175 wines, ciders and other beverages at the festival that is transforming Industry City into an “East Coast Napa Valley” with an artisanal food extravaganza featuring some amazing Brooklyn restaurants. Enjoy the jazz sounds of Elan Trotman. Many of the local NY State wineries and beverage makers will have bottles and cases for sale.
In Pursuit of Balance, San Francisco, California, Nov. 14
In Pursuit of Balance is an event to celebrate balance in California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Thirty-five 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 unparalleled opportunity to meet the people behind some of California's best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays
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 and gourmet food tastes which gives an array of options for pairing.
Spain's Great Match: Wine and Food, San Francisco, California, Nov. 15
From mountainous terrain to salty shores, Spain produces an array of quality wines. Discover the most important Spanish grapes and regions with an extensive offering of over 200 wines from one of the top wine producing countries in the world, along with tapas created by San Francisco’s top Spanish restaurants.
National Zinfandel Day Wine & Food Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 16
Celebrate “America's Heritage Grape” at this exclusive tasting featuring single-vineyard and other California Zinfandels from some well-known producers. Enjoy Zinfandel-friendly cuisine matched with the wines. The wines will also be available for purchase so you can take home your favorites. Presented in Conjunction with Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP)
Taste of Oakville, Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York, Nov. 16
Enjoy wines from 20 member wineries of the Oakville Winegrowers Association. Some of the finest wines from Napa Valley’s famous grape-growing appellation will be paired with tastes from Stephen STARR Restaurants. Proceeds benefit Carnegie Hall music education and artistic programs.
Spring Mountain District Harvest Celebration, San Francisco, California, Nov. 17
Join a select group of 18 vintners and winemakers from Napa Valley's Spring Mountain District for a wine tasting of some of the decade’s most exciting vintages, past, present and future. Taste library wines, current releases and barrel samples with those most knowledgeable about the wines on hand for discussion. Light hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
PinotFest 2016, San Francisco, California, San Francisco, California, Nov. 19
San Francisco’s original, all-pinot noir bacchanalia returns to for its 18th year. The extensive tasting of pinot noir from over 50 well-known Oregon and California producers features hors d’oeuvres from Farallon Restaurant to complement the wines and an opportunity to meet the winemakers.
NYC Autumn Wine Festival: A Celebration of Wine in Midtown, New York, New York, Nov. 19
Taste over 150 wines, selected by Vintry Fine Wines along with light hors d’oeuvres from NYY Steak’s culinary team and delectable bites from Artisan Food vendor sampling tables. Enjoy live jazz throughout the event. Both afternoon and evening sessions and a VIP suite with 10 exclusive high-end wine selections are available.
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.
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