So many of us are sick of being stuck inside all winter, so not only do we welcome spring, we are thrilled about all the available wine tastings this month! So get out of the house and go taste some wine!
Wine Road Barrel Tasting Weekend, Healdsburg, California, March 3-5 & March 10-12
Taste wine directly from the barrel at the 40th Annual Barrel Tasting. More than 100 wineries will offer “futures” on their barrel samples where you can buy the wine now, often at a discount. You then pick-up the wine after it has been bottled, 12-18 months later.
Family Winemakers of California Tasting, San Diego, California, March 5
The Family Wine Winemakers of California invite you to taste over 500 wines from more than 125 wineries, covering 60 California appellations and over 40 varietals. The tasting focuses on wineries that are small (under 5000 cases) and have limited marketing outreach.
Great Wines of Italy
Miami, Florida, March 6
New York, NY, March 8
Beverly Hills, California, March 10
Enjoy wines from 80 Italian wineries. All wines on showcase have been hand-selected by wine critic James Suckling for their quality and character, reaching top scores of 90 points and above. Winemakers and vintners will be personally in attendance to pour some of their best wines.
NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting, New York, New York, March 7
Celebrate New York Wines and taste some of the top wines from across New York State. Over 100 wines from regions, such as the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and Niagara Escarpment, will be poured and paired with New York cheeses, charcuterie, and other hors d'oeuvres from some of the most celebrated artisans in the area.
La Paulée, New York, New York, March 7-11
The annual celebration of Burgundy organized by Daniel Johnnes, returns to New York. Events include a Gala Dinner, Rare Wine Dinner, Verticals Tasting, Grand Tasting, and seminars such as “Off Grid: A Tasting of Burgundy's Hidden Gems.” A tradition of the Gala dinner is that guests bring Burgundy wines from their own collection to share.
Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, March 8-12
Come enjoy one of the largest outdoor wine festivals on the East Coast, featuring more than 250 wines from all over the world. Events include: Chandon Grand Brunch, Best of the Best, Sip-n-Stroll and a Sommelier Smackdown.
Virginia Wine Expo, Richmond, Virginia, March 8-12
Not only will you get to taste more than 700 wines from Virginia wineries, but the guest regions of Sonoma County, California, Spain and Portugal will be represented as well. Events include: A Noodle & Dumpling Affair, California Tapas & A Cool View, Burger Blast and SMOKED!.
Splendor in the Glass, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 11
Enjoy the wines and beers from 40 wineries and breweries, DJ entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, assorted food stations and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit Vegas PBS, the public television station for Southern Nevada.
Uncorked: KC Champagne and Wine Festival, Kansas City, Missouri, March 11
The Uncorked Wine Festival is coming back to Kansas City for the second year in row. Taste wines from over 50 wineries including local favorite wineries, a Champagne bar and International wine selection. There will be a DJ, custom photo booth and amazing local food trucks.
SF Vintners Market, San Francisco, California, March 11-12
Experience a Farmer’s Market for wine, where you can “try it, then buy it” from over 90 wineries. The event features a Main Room, a Reserve Room with wines priced at $50 a bottle and up, and a Cult Lounge with wines priced at $100 a bottle and up.
Made in New Zealand – Premier Wine Tasting, San Francisco, California, March 13
New Zealand Winegrowers invites you to a festive, walk-around wine tasting featuring current releases from more than 40 of New Zealand’s top wineries, accompanied by bite-size treats from San Francisco’s acclaimed Farallon Restaurant. Meet the winemakers in town for the day and see how beautiful Kiwi wines pair with Farallon’s fresh seafood and savory coastal cuisine.
Vintage Paso: Zinfandel, Paso Robles, California, March 17-19
Paso Robles Wine Country’s signature weekend celebrating all things Zinfandel has more than 140 individual events at the region’s wineries. Events include, “The Zinposium” which offers a Zin-focused seminar featuring a panel winemakers lead by a Master Sommelier, as well as the “Z After Party”.
High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, Atlanta, Georgia, March 22-25
The 10th largest charity wine auction in the U.S., the auction is billed as Atlanta’s greatest food and wine party featuring over 150 wineries, over 60 restaurants, and 5 guest chefs from around the South. Events include: Ladies Luncheon, Friday Fête, Dine Around Dinners, and the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction.
Taste Washington, Seattle, Washington, March 23-26
Celebrate the festival’s 20th Anniversary in Seattle as it brings together nearly 300 wineries, over 70 restaurants and top national chefs. Events include: the Red & White Party, Taste Washington on the Farm, The New Vintage, Pike Place Market morning food tour, and the Grand Tasting.
Boca Bacchanal Celebrating Wine & Food, Boca Raton, Florida, March 24-25
Taste incredible food from over 30 local restaurants with world-class vintners showcasing their wineries’ best. Enjoy the sounds of DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock. All proceeds benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.
California's Artisan Cheese Festival, Petaluma, California, March 24-26
The festival offers a weekend of cheese, chefs, wine, beer and more. Guests may participate in intimate farm tours, wine and cheese pairings, beer and cheese pairings, cider tastings, cooking demos and seminars as well as experience limited-production, rare artisan cheeses and wines to pair with them.
Rhone Rangers California Tour, Los Angeles, California, March 25
The Rhone Rangers ride into Los Angeles with more than 50 wineries pouring their American-grown Rhone wines. The event includes a Rosé seminar and a grand tasting with a VIP ticket, and access to a private lounge with hors 'd oeuvres and special wines. It’s the largest tasting of Rhone wines in Los Angeles.
Uncorked: SF Spring Champagne and Wine Festival, San Francisco, California, March 25
Uncorked Wine Festivals is coming back to SF for its Spring Champagne and Wine Festival. Enjoy over 100 wines, Champagne bar, International wine selection, 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.
Howell Mountain Spring Wine Tasting, San Francisco, California, March 29
Napa’s Howell Mountain Appellation “moves” to the Presidio for one of the few times you can taste and purchase Howell Mountain wines, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, in one place. Many Howell Mountain Wineries are not open to the public and their wines can be very difficult to find.
Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, Solvang, California, March 31-April 1
Enjoy more than 200 different handcrafted wines from over 20 varietals poured by over 40 cutting-edge commercial artisan ‘garagiste’ wineries from all over California. A majority of the wineries don’t even have a tasting room. Events include: The “Rare & Reserve” Kick-Off Party, An Exploration of Grenache: Not Just for Blending Anymore, and the Grand Tasting.
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.