We hope you got enough April showers to bring you some May flowers. Here at Bottlenotes, we have a special Around Napa Valley in 80 Sips tasting in Los Angeles as well as our 6th Annual Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting in Chicago. But if you can’t make those, we’ve found events blooming all over the county.
Tour des Deux Rives, New York, New York, May 1
Enjoy a rare opportunity to taste the wines of six leading estates from both the right and left banks of Bordeaux. Experience an exclusive evening with Christian Moueix and other winery principals who have hand-picked some of their favorite wines. Start the evening with a glass of Champagne.
Red & White Bash, New York, New York, May 1
The Red and White Bash brings its repertoire of 90 plus point rated wines, handpicked, reviewed and vetted by the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine to the Big Apple. Taste hundreds of incredible wines and sample delicious local food all while a big band plays into the night.
Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top of the List, New York, New York, May 1
Join Wine & Spirits Magazine as they honor the Top-Scoring Wines in the 25th Annual Restaurant Poll. Come sip the award-winning 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.
Around Napa Valley in 80 Sips, Los Angeles, California, May 2
Come taste world renowned wines as Bottlenotes and Napa Valley Vintners take you Around Napa Valley in 80 Sips! Sample 80+ wines from a wide range of Napa Valley AVAs, including Los Carneros, Spring Mountain, St. Helena, Stags Leap, Yountville and more.
Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival, New York, New York, May 3
This one day food and wine festival will showcase over 30 top Rioja winemakers and representatives, plus 25 notable U.S. chefs. Rioja invites you to experience the best of wine, food and culture from Spain's most prominent wine region.
Toast Nebraska Wine Festival, Ashland, Nebraska, May 3-4
Fans of Nebraska wine can raise a glass at the first annual “Toast Nebraska” wine festival. Sample wines from 17 Nebraska wineries. The weekend will also include live music, unique food and wine pairings, and an amateur wine making competition.
Seven Percent Solution Tasting, San Francisco, May 8
Enjoy wines from 20+ wineries at this celebration of obscure grape varietals (the 7% of Northern California wineries that are planted something other than the eight major grape varietals). Taste wines such as Trousseau Gris, Colombard , Tinta Cao and Ribolla Gialla.
6th Annual Around the World in 80 Sips™, Chicago, Illinois, May 9
Join Team Bottlenotes at the Museum of Contemporary Art for 80+ unlimited 1 oz. tastes of wine. Discover new wines from a wide range of countries and regions including California, Spain, France, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and more, along with light hors d’oeuvres and chocolate pairings.
Mexican-American Vintners Wine Tasting, St. Helena, California, May 9
Wines from 11 Mexican-American vintners will be poured to help create awareness about the growing number of Mexican-American Vintners in Napa & Sonoma and introduce consumers to the many wines that they are producing.
Wines of Portugal Annual Grand Tasting 2014, Chicago, Illinois, May 15
Experience and discover the range of Portugal's wines, from the dry reds of Bairrada to the refreshing whites from Vinho Verde, and from the newly-renamed Tejo and Lisbon regions to the progressive offerings from the Douro. Taste 100+ Portuguese wines along with light appetizers which will showcase the ability to pair Portuguese wines with various types of cuisine.
The Chardonnay Symposium, Pismo Beach, California, May 16-17
Winemakers, sommeliers, media, foodies and wine enthusiasts gather to taste, explore, learn and enjoy this veritable and often misunderstood grape. Events include the Grand Tasting, Seminar and Panel session, a Chardonnay-paired Dinner, and a “Share Your Chard” Party.
UnCorked Wine Festival, San Francisco, California, May 17
Come to Ghirardelli Square for an afternoon of tasting over 50 wines from wineries from all over the Bay Area and wine country. Enjoy event live entertainment, cooking demonstrations by top San Francisco chefs, and wine education seminars as well as food from Off the Grid Food Trucks.
Wishes in Wine Country, Windsor, California, May 17
Help benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and enjoy samples 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 17
More than thirty Santa Lucia Highlands wineries will be pouring their best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. For many of the artisan vintners, this is their one public tasting of the year. Also enjoy food with a "localvore" theme, a rare, "big bottle" auction, live music, and VIP vineyard tours.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 21-24
Events include the “Royal Street Stroll” where Royal Street becomes a wine tasting area, a “Vinola Tasting” of high-end wines, 2 days of Grand Tastings and seminars on topics such as “I Get a Kick from Crémant”.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, May 29-June 1
Midtown Atlanta hosts “Tasting Tents” where chefs, mixologists, sommeliers and brewers come together, seminars on wine regions from Bordeaux to Virginia, and dinners like the “Pig Out: Costal Style” Dinner.
BottleRock 2014, Napa Valley, California, May 30-June 1
The of great pairing music and wine is back for its second year. The Cure, Outkast, Eric Church, Weezer, LL Cool J and over 50 other bands are part of the lineup at this music and wine festival featuring tastings and food from the region’s top producers and kitchens.
LA Wine Fest, Hollywood, California, May 31-June 1
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.