Our love of wine is so communal and it brings us all together. So whether you have a Valentine or not, get out there, try some new wines and spread some love this month.
New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival, Fairport, New York, Feb. 11
Enjoy Ice Wine samples from New York wineries and try their Ice Wine-infused menu. Or step inside the Luv Shack for an Ice Luge Cocktail. And then meet the Warriors of Winter (those brave souls who harvest frozen grapes and make the ice wine out in the cold.) Listen to live entertainment and more to celebrate the Winter Gods!
Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend, Lodi, California, Feb. 11-12
Taste wines at more than 50 Lodi wineries along with sweet & savory chocolate treats. Activities include: chocolate sampling, live music, barrel tastings, cellar tours and a “Golden Ticket” contest with a chance to win a Lodi Wine Country Getaway or one of over 100 additional prizes.
Kosher Food & Wine Experience, New York, New York, Feb. 13
Indulge in over 300 kosher wines & spirits under one roof and savor the flavors of gourmet kosher cuisine including BBQ, sushi and Asian/fusion fare, as well as creative desserts and specialty coffees. Special wines this year include the first kosher Gran Selezione Chianti ever to be produced, as well as Herzog Generation VIII Cabernet Sauvignon Padis Vineyard Napa Valley 2014.
Walla Walla Wine @ McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington, Feb. 13
Sample wines from more than 50 Walla Walla Valley wineries. Taste and talk with principals and winemakers who will pour for you and share their insights on the vintage and current releases.
Rieslingfeier, New York, New York, Feb. 17-18
A celebration of Riesling that brings together winemakers, collectors, journalists and Riesling-fanatics from around the world. Events include: multiple Grand Tasting sections, “Different Strokes for Different Slopes”, and the La Paulée-style Gala Dinner, where all the guests, including the growers, are expected to bring a special wine from their cellar to share.
Savory World of Seneca Weekend, Horseheads, New York, Feb. 17-19
Twenty-eight participating wineries will be preparing food from an amazing variety of different nations, with many of them decorating their tasting rooms in the same theme, pairing up samples of their dishes with their wines.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, San Francisco, California, Feb. 18
Taste the hundreds of award-winning wines from one of the largest competitions of American wines. With more than 7,100 entries, taste these wonderful vintages, learn more about wine and fine food, and celebrate on beautiful San Francisco Bay.
Boston Wine Expo, Boston, Massachusetts, Feb. 18-19
Taste wines from over 200 global wine producers while some of Boston’s best chefs cook on two celebrity chef stages. A separate Vintner's Reserve Lounge is also offered with wines that retail for $75+ per bottle. Seminar topics include: “The Superstars of German Riesling,” “The Secret Life of Pinot Noir,” and “Guigal's Superb Chateau.”
Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami, Florida, Feb. 22-26
Presented by Food & Wine magazine, The Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival combines the talents of top wine and spirit producers with their Food Network stars. Check out over 50 events that spread over four days including: “Around the World with 8 Rosés,” “Croquetas & Champagne” and “Get Fortified, What’s Your Sherry Style?”
Zinfandel Experience, San Francisco, California, Feb. 23-25
Attend the largest single varietal tasting of its kind that brings together top Zinfandel winemakers and enthusiasts. Events include: “Farm-to-Table Dining,” “Flights! – Forums of Flavor (a seminar-style tasting),” and the Grand Tasting where over 120 wineries will be pouring their best Zinfandels.
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, Newport, Oregon, Feb. 23-26
Since 1978, the festival has event showcased Oregon’s seafood and wineries and now includes craftsman and artisans, with jewelry, arts and crafts and photography. Sample wines from 75+ wineries and food from over 35 vendors.
New Jersey Winter Wine Festival, Short Hills, New Jersey, Feb. 24
Enjoy an amazing array of 150+ wines from around the world along with live jazz and light hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — great wines for winter and beyond!
River North Wine Fest, Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 25
Life is too short to drink bad wine. Taste, sip and “unwine” at River North Wine Fest. Tickets include wine tastings and a cheese plate. Over 35 different wines from all over the world will be available for sampling.
Stanly County Winter Wine Festival, Albemarle, North Carolina, Feb. 25
Experience a dozen of North Carolina’s finest wineries and vineyards with different styles and flavors from dry to sweet. Pair the wines with food from local vendors and enjoy shopping from local craftspeople.
International Alsace Varietals Festival, Anderson Valley, California, Feb. 25
Producers and fans of Alsatian wines such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Muscat, from all over the world, converge on the Anderson Valley. Events include educational seminars a Grand Tasting where you’ll have a chance to speak with winemakers about their wines.
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.