May is upon us, bringing flowers, sunshine, and an abundance of wine events across the country.
Here at Bottlenotes, we are excited to be bringing our Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting back to Chicago for the 7th year, and our Taste Around Town Washington DC continues until May 10 and will be coming to Chicago May 15-31. If you’re in the windy city or our nation’s capital, don’t miss them!
Seven Percent Solution Tasting, San Francisco, California, May 6
93% of California vineyard space is planted to just eight grape varieties. At this event, try wines from the other 7%, including grape varieties such as trousseau gris, colombard , tinta cão and ribolla gialla.
UnCorked Wine Festival, San Francisco, California, May 9
Come to Ghirardelli Square for an afternoon of tasting over 50 wines from wineries from all over the Bay Area and wine country. Enjoy live entertainment, cooking demonstrations by top San Francisco chefs, and wine education seminars, as well as food from La Cocina and Off the Grid Food Trucks. All proceeds benefit Save The Bay, an organization dedicated to nature and wildlife preservation in the San Francisco Bay.
Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top of the List, New York, New York, May 11
Join the editors of Wine & Spirits Magazine as they honor the Top-Scoring Wines in the 26th Annual Restaurant Poll. Come sip hundreds of wines, meet the winemakers and taste bites from this year's New & Notable Restaurants and artisan purveyors. The tasting benefits NY/NJ Baykeeper to raise awareness of water conservation issues.
Taste of Greece, New York, New York, May 13
Taste wines from over 50 Greek wineries and sample food from 10 of New York City’s Greek restaurants. Discover why one of the oldest cultures of wine is once again a hot wine region. Enjoy live music from Irini Haridou, and Nikos Plios and their band, just arrived from Athens, Greece. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Boroume, an organization which helps feed the needy of Greece.
Bordeaux Confidential, New York, New York, May 14
Join former Wine Spectator critic James Suckling and taste the wines and meet the producers from 45 Bordeaux wineries. All wines being poured have been hand-picked by Suckling and awarded 90 points or more. This walk-around tasting will also feature a cheese selection, a Champagne bar, and music curated by Rob Moose, the Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer.
Taste Around Town, Chicago, Illinois, May 15-31
Taste Around Town is a restaurant week for wine. This time we're coming to Chicago with the wines of Rías Baixas - one of Spain's most celebrated regions! From May 15-31, round up your friends and head out to 18 participating restaurants and wine bars to taste these captivating wines. For this limited time, the restaurants will feature Rías Baixas wines in flights, pairing menus, by the glass or by the bottle for lunch and/or dinner. Be sure to request the Taste Around Town wine list from your server or bartender when you visit each participating restaurant or wine bar.
Join Team Bottlenotes for our launch of Taste Around Town program on Friday, May 15th. The official Taste Around Town kick-off party will feature freely-flowing Albarino in its many expressions, delicious appetizers and the chance to hobnob with wine professionals and enthusiasts alike. When the party wraps, keep the fun going at Around the World in 80 Sips!
Around the World in 80 Sips™, Chicago, Illinois, May 15
Join us at Studio Paris for 80+ unlimited tastes of wine from a wide range of countries and regions including California, France, Italy, South Africa and more. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, discover new favorite wines and ask the experts questions to boost your knowledge. For the VIP experience, you'll be provided the opportunity to arrive an hour earlier and taste before the crowds arrive. Ultra VIPs have access to the Sherry Lehmann suite, where you can sample some of the world's most treasured and exclusive wines.
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, Philo, California, May 15-17
Anderson Valley is a hotspot for pinot noir located in California’s Mendocino County. Their annual Pinot Noir Festival is not to be missed. Events include a casual BBQ at Lula Cellars where guests are urged to bring a bottle of wine to share, technical seminars, various dinners with winmakers, and winery open houses. The main event is a grand tasting featuring over 50 producers of Anderson Valley pinot noir, with a silent auction benefiting the Anderson Valley Health Center.
Wishes in Wine Country, Windsor, California, May 16
Help benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and enjoy sample tastes from over 40 wineries and restaurants at Sonoma-Cutrer’s impeccable croquet lawns and surrounding vineyards. Events include a Grand Tasting and a Sunset Dinner.
Santa Lucia Highlands Gala, Salinas, California, May 16
More than 40 wineries will be pouring their best Santa Lucia Highlands pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah. For many of the artisan vintners, this is their one public tasting of the year. Also enjoy food from several of the region’s best chefs, a rare, "big bottle" auction, live music, and VIP seminars.
West of West Wine Festival, Chicago, Illinois, May 20
The West Sonoma Coast Vintners host West of West (WOW) Chicago which offers the opportunity to taste pinot noirs and chardonnays, as well as other varietals from some of the leading winemakers and proprietors of the West Sonoma Coast, including the new “Fort Ross – Seaview” application. Many of these wines are extremely small production and very hard to find.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 20-23
Events include the “Royal Street Stroll” where Royal Street becomes a wine tasting area, a “Vinola Tasting” of expensive wines, the Big Gateaux Show, a whimsical pastry competition meets burlesque performance, and 2 days of grand tastings and seminars.
Taste of Albariño, New York, New York, May 28
Bottlenotes, Inc. invites you to join us at the Taste of Albariño, an interactive tasting experience that focuses on food and wine pairing, to benefit Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Albariño from 16 different wineries in the Rias Baixas region of Spain will be poured alongside delicious cheese and gourmet bites, highlighting the diversity and versatility of the wine.
The Chardonnay Symposium, Pismo Beach, California, May 28-30
Winemakers, sommeliers, media, foodies and wine enthusiasts gather to taste, explore, learn about, and enjoy this veritable wine. Events include 2 grand tastings, seminars such as “Artisanal Sausages & Chardonnay;” “To Oak or Not to Oak?;”, the La Paulée Dinner and Vintners Awards Ceremony; and the “Taste Like a Somm Double-Blind Winemaker Dinner.”
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, May 28-31
Midtown Atlanta hosts “Tasting Tents” where chefs, mixologists, sommeliers and brewers come together to host seminars on wine regions from Bordeaux to Virginia, and dinners like the “Pig Out: Market Style” dinner.
BottleRock 2015, Napa Valley, California, May 29-31
The great pairing of music and wine is back for its second year. No Doubt, Robert Plant, Imagine Dragons, Snoop Dogg, and over 50 other bands are part of the lineup at this music and wine festival. New this year, is the “Culinary Stage” which will feature cooking demos and performances by a variety of culinary stars, rock stars, and celebrities.
LA Wine Fest, Hollywood, California, May 30-31
Enjoy over 500 wines, brews and spirits from around the world. The Fest also offers local chef demos, live entertainment, food trucks, and seminars on wine and cheese and wine and chocolate pairings. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.