Need a break from the beach? Go on a “wine holiday!” There are tons of great events in August, worthy of a little road trip. So beat the heat with some cool sips from around the country!
Rhone Rangers Tasting, Los Angeles, California, August 6
The name alone makes us want to go! The Rhone Rangers ride again! Over 50 wineries are coming to LA to pour their American versions of Rhone-style wines (a.k.a. wines made Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and more). Events include a red/white Rhone Blends seminar, a white/rosé winemaker luncheon, and a walk-around tasting reception with a VIP section.
Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival Canandaigua, NY, August 6-7
Experience the Finger Lakes’ world-class Rieslings and their many other wines from twelve of their local wineries. In addition, you can taste craft beers from ten breweries. Check out the “Cheese & Chill area” and the food and wine education seminars. Proceeds benefit the Canandaigua Family YMCA's Caring for Kids Campaign
Steamboat Wine Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, August 10-14
Increase your knowledge and enjoyment of Colorado’s wine, beer and food at the 13th annual Steamboat Wine Festival. Enjoy tastings, seminars and events such as “Wine on the Mountain”, “Pedal & Pour”, and “It’s A Mimosa Morning”. Proceeds benefit Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports.
31st Annual Central Coast Wine Classic, Avila Beach, California, August 10-14
Enjoy a four-day celebration of of wine, cuisine, and art at locations all over the Central Coast. Events include dinner at Hearst Castle, a Champagne Louis Roederer & Black River Caviar Symposium, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Symposium and the Rae Wine Dinner
Naperville Food & Wine Festival, Naperville, Illinois, August 12-13
Sample from more than 300 wines from around the world and learn about new and exciting varietals from the experts. Area restaurants and caterers will offer their signature dishes for purchase. Live music will be performed on the festival stage.
America’s Grape Country Wine Festival, Dunkirk, New York, August 12-14
Taste wines from over twenty local wineries and enjoy agricultural producers, specialty food vendors and local artisans at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. Events include the “Parrotheads' Bash Kickoff Party!”, the main festival and an after-hours party. You can even camp at the fairgrounds and avoid having to drive.
Kitsap Wine Festival, Seattle, Washington, August 13
Enjoy a variety of wines from over 30 wineries and then purchase your favorites to take home at the Kitsap Wine Festival on Bremerton’s scenic waterfront. Local food vendors will be offering pairings for the wines. Proceeds benefit the Harrison Medical Center Foundation.
Shoreline Wine Festival, Guilford, Connecticut, August 13-14
The 10th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival celebrates fine wines from Connecticut’s wineries and vineyards. Wines will range from grape wines to fruit wines. Enjoy seminars given by local wine experts, live music and entertainment and a chance to visit with vendors and artisans all at Bishop’s Orchards Guilford Farm Market & Winery.
Simply Summer Celebration—A Zin Tradition, Geyserville, California, August 14
Celebrate the history of Zinfandel in Northern Sonoma and taste Zinfandels from over 60 producers. Sponsored by the non-profit Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP), there will be live music and authentic wood-fired pizza, gourmet sandwiches and ice cream will be available for purchase. Mix it up with the people who share your passion for zinfandel!
Asheville Food & Wine Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, August 19-20
Check out the 8th annual Asheville Food & Wine Festival for a smorgasbord of food, wine, beer, and spirits, plus culinary demonstrations and a chance to meet authors, farmers, chefs, winemakers and brewers. Benefits go to the Slow Food Asheville's Appalachian Food Storybank.
Easterns Bayside Blues & Wine Festival, Essex, Maryland, August 20
Come stroll the Eastern Yacht Club waterfront overlooking the Chesapeake Bay while you sample Maryland’s best wines and revel in an amazing musical lineup, which includes Hard Rocking R&B, New Orleans R&B classics and Blues.
Family Winemakers Tasting, San Francisco, California, August 21
An opportunity to taste over 500 family-produced and hard-to-find California wines. Taste over forty different varietals or blends from sixty different California appellations. All Family Winemakers tastings focus on wineries that are small (generally under 5000 cases), have limited marketing outreach, and will be represented by family members. Great Wine -- A Family Tradition!
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Los Angeles, California, August 25-28
In true L.A. fashion, the 6th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will host some of the most celebrated culinary and wine talent in the country for a city-wide epicurean extravaganza. Enjoy live culinary demonstrations, world-class wine and spirits tastings, marquee events, one-of-a-kind lunches, two Lexus-sponsored Grand Tastings, book signings, after-parties and more.
Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival, Bodega, California, August 27-28
Enjoy over 35 wineries and 20+ microbreweries in the village where Alfred Hitchcock once filmed his classic thriller, “The Birds.” A bevy of restaurants and catering companies offer a bounty of seafood dishes and other edibles. This is a fun family event -- with jumps, slides a rock wall, face painting, as well as ceramic painting – so bring the kids! Proceeds benefit Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.
7 Springs Wine Festival, Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, August 26-28
This yearly festival showcases wineries from all over Pennsylvania, offering a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves wine. The festival features complimentary wine sampling from 30 wineries, daily seminars, live entertainment, a variety of crafts and musical entertainment.
More than 150 award-winning wineries from throughout the state of Michigan and across the globe are showcased in tastings, seminars and food pairings throughout the weekend. In addition to wine tasting, the festival will feature special Michigan made craft beer selections, free food samplings, exhibits and live music.